Since Molly and Jacob were tiny, they have been fascinated by pirates. When they were toddlers, we posted a list of Picture Books for Little Mateys, and since then, our bookshelves have added many pirate titles. And right now, the kids are enthralled by the wonderful David Barry series, Peter and the Starcatcher:
Peter and The Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Inspired by: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Boys in particular will enjoy this “real” story behind the familiar tale of Peter Pan. There is a Neverland. There is a Wendy. There is a Captain with a Hook. The fantastical, magical aspects are given a grounding in reality that ties the origin of Peter Pan to our world, (albeit in a fantastical and magical way). In the beginning of the story Peter is a perfectly normal orphan, who is sent with other orphan boys who will never be missed to be a servant of the terrifying King Zarboff. On the ship, he meets Molly Aster, a starcatcher. What’s a starcatcher? What’s starstuff? How does this lead them to Neverland, and give Peter the ability to fly? You’ll find out…
We also found several links for parents to add to the fun:
Fun Pirate Websites
Stuff for Junior Pirates is the kid-version of the website from the creators of “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a holiday parody invented in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Portland, Oregon, who proclaimed September 19th each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, me hearty!” The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized-and humorous–view of the Golden Age of Piracy.
In The Guide to Pirate Parenting, there is a wealth of resources, from nursery rhymes about pirates, to suggestions for how to raise pirate children. For the modern (suburban) pirate family!
How about a brand new pirate book to usher in Halloween?
Trick ARRR Treat: A Pirate Halloween by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Jorge Moniongo
“We be pirates. TRICK ARRR TREAT!” roar these swashbuckling trick or treaters Charlotte Blue-Tongue, Peg-Leg Pete, Glass-Eyed Gabby, and their friends. As they gather their sweet loot, they move from the neighborhood to the pirate lagoon, and as they do,the shadows grow longer. What’s lurking in the growing dark? Are these young pirates brave enough to protect their booty? Light-hearted rhymes and lots of pirate lingo make this a fun read to prepare for the holiday.