Avast, landlubbers, and prepare for a jolly celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate day on September 19 with a booty of sea rover resources.
Younger readers will appreciate How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke. Older readers can check out Pirates! by Celia Rees, a pirate story with a feminist twist, or Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton’s take on pirate life. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is the classic pirate read aloud.
Captain Blood (1935) is the swashbuckling gold standard, the Errol Flynn flick that introduced many of the pirate conventions that have since become cliches. muppet treasure island (1996) is playful fun for family movie night. For a sci-fi take on pirate life, screen the under-appreciated Treasure Planet (2002).
Sid Meier’s Pirates! computer game lets you choose the time period and region you’ll be plundering—it’s an oldie but goodie for pirate-loving kids. Put your sailing skills to the test with the Pirate King’s Sailing Simulator.A combination of luck and strategy play makes the Pirate’s Cove board game fun for different ages.
Dig into the history of some of the sea’s most notorious pirates, including a few feared females. Turn a cardboard box into a replica of a pirate ship with MollyMoo’s simple tutorial. And don’t forget to brush up on your pirate terminology with this handy dictionary that’ll help you get your sea legs.