Ahoy there me hearties! How would you like to join me on a hunt for treasure? This year’s Children’s Book Week theme is ‘Find Your Treasure’. And to quote Walt Disney, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” So there is a lot of treasure to be found in the wonderful children’s books on the Children’s Book Council of Australia Notables List for 2018. And four of them just happen to be about pirates!

Books

The World’s Worst Pirate

by Michelle Worthington, illustrated by Katrin Dreiling.

CBCA Notable for Picture Book of the Year 2018

Will was thought to be the World’s Worst Pirate. He didn’t even like being a pirate. In fact, Will wanted to be a chef. His specialty was cupcakes. When his pirate ship, the aptly named Jolly Fishcake, comes under attack from the monstrous Kraken, Will just knows he has to help. But how?  This is a rollicking, action packed, funny and entertaining story. The visually bold, vibrant, engaging and amusing illustrations are pure treasure. Be sure to look out for the interplay between the blue pirate parrot and the black pirate cat in the illustrations.

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Molly the Pirate

by Lorraine Teece, illustrated by Paul Seden.

CBCA Notable for Book of the Year: Early Childhood 

Molly wishes she was a pirate. But she lives a long way from the sea. Will that stop Molly from creating her own swashbuckling pirate adventure? Her mum’s laundry basket suddenly becomes a pirate ship, a stick becomes her sword, a sheet hung out to dry becomes a flag, the clothesline is perfect for the rigging and the backyard chickens become her salty buccaneers. This is an action packed journey into Molly’s imagination and power of invention as she transforms her Australian backyard into a pirate adventure on the high seas. Through resourceful play there is no limit to what Molly can dream up.

Henry’s Pirate Adventure

by Livinia Nixon, illustrated by Heath McKenzie.

CBCA Notable for Picture Book of the Year 2018

Ahoy Matey! This story developed when the author, Livinia Nixon, and her eldest son, Henry, were on a day trip together. Nixon has two sons and in the story Henry is the pirate and his younger brother Ted is the captain of the pirate ship. Illustrator, Heath McKenzie, used images of both boys to model the characters they play in the book. I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy yet, but the synopsis is as follows: ‘Henry is just a normal boy. But one day, as he is walking home from school, he sees a water bottle on the ground. What follows is a brilliant idea for an adventure! Follow Henry and his wondrous imagination as he builds a ship fit for a pirate. What will happen when he sets sail?’

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1,2, Pirate Stew

by Kylie Howarth.

CBCA Notable for Book of the Year: Early Childhood 

This pirate adventure has already been reviewed by Jessica. You can find Jessica’s review of this title under the theme WA Authors. 

Songs

If you Want to be a Pirate

If you want to be a pirate, scrub the deck (swish, swish)
If you want to be a pirate, scrub the deck (swish, swish)
If you want to be a pirate
REALLY want to be a pirate
If you want to be a pirate, scrub the deck (swish, swish)

If you want to be a pirate, walk the plank…(stomp, stomp)
If you want to be a pirate, walk the plank…(stomp, stomp)
If you want to be a pirate
REALLY want to be a pirate
If you want to be a pirate, walk the plank… (stomp, stomp)

If you want to be a pirate, look for treasure (look through spyglass)
If you want to be a pirate, look for treasure …

If you want to be a pirate, shout “Ahoy!” (with arm movement)
If you want to be a pirate, shout “Ahoy!” (Ahoy!) …

Compass Guide

How do we know
Which way to go?
Look at the compass
and it will show.

North, south, east or west,
For finding directions it is the best!

So the next time you’re lost
Without a clue,
Let a compass find your way
To rescue you.

Craft

Like the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow, you may need a trusty compass to help you find your treasure!

Craft monster face made from a paper plate with feathers stuck on as sort of hair

You will need:

  • White card
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Gold ribbon
  • One hole punch
  • Rhinestone jewel
  • PVA glue

Method:

  • Print a compass template onto white card.
  • Colour in and cut out.
  • Correctly label N,S,E & W.
  • Glue a rhinestone jewel in the centre.
  • Punch a hole at the top.
  • Attach the gold ribbon.
  • Find your treasure!

Did You Know?

We will be celebrating Children’s Book Week from the 20 August to 25 August. Join us for our dress-up Storytime sessions where there will be book prizes up for grabs. You might like to come along as a pirate!

And Remember

Reading for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of a child. Happy reading!