Ahoy, Me Hearties! Avast ye landlubbers.  

Tales of high adventure whilst sailing the seven seas have fascinated young and old for many generations.  And why wouldn’t they?  The pirates of old were unashamedly lawless.  They thumbed their noses at authority.  They plundered and pillaged without apology.  They were the villains that we loved and were fascinated by.

The rebellion, the lack of personal hygiene, the peg legs, the parrots!  All these pirate tropes and so many more can lead to a swash buckling good time, and there are so many adventures to be had.  Imaginations can go wild with pirate play and dress ups. Will they walk the plank?  Is there an old treasure map to follow? 

So put on your eye patch, shiver your timbers and have fun.

Tales From The Deep

Link to Catalogue record for I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit

I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit    –   Pamela Allen

Another classic by the prolific Pamela Allen.  Peter’s younger brother wishes that he had a pirate suit so that he could rule the seven seas just like Peter.  How can he get the Pirate suit?

Told in a lovely rhythmic verse with Pamela Allen’s distinctive illustrations, this is a great Pirate book.  Perfect for all younger siblings.

Ten Little Pirates    –    Mike Brownlow, Illustrated by Simon Rickerty

The ten little pirates are plucked from the boat by all manner of creatures and events.  Hurricanes, giant squids, even a mermaid.  What will happen to them all?

This is a charming book that reinforces both numeracy and literacy.  It uses a rhythmic narrative to count down from ten to one.  Using gorgeous bright illustrations and all the pirate tropes, this book will engage both children and their grown-ups.

Link to Catalogue record for Ten Little Pirates
Link to Catalogue record for Captain Beastlie's Pirate Party

Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party     –    Lucy Coats, Illustrated by Chris Mould

The Captain of the ship is the dirtiest, smelliest, most disgusting pirate to sail the seven seas.  His crew are very much different to him and in the countdown to Captain Beastlie’s birthday they have hatched a clever plan.  What will they come up with to celebrate the filthy Captain’s birthday?

They book is very funny and really should be read aloud in your best pirate accent.  Fun for big and little kids.

Sea Shanties

Look Like a Seadog

Make pirate play time more fun with this pirate mask.

What you’ll need:

Pirate Mask Template


Hole punch

Paint or crayons to colour the mask.

Feathers, glitter or any other decorations that you like.

Elastic or ribbon to secure the mask.

What to do:

Print out your pirate mask.  Card is best.

Colour the mask.

Cut out the mask and the single eye hole.

Punch holes in position provided.

Finish decorating the mask with feathers or glitter.

Tie on elastic or ribbon to hole the mask in place.