Shiver Me Timbers!

Books to Share

  • Captain and Matey Set Sail by Daniel Laurence.
  • Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy.
  • Pie Rats Ahoy! by Richard Scarry.
  • Tough Boris by Mem Fox.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Do Pirates Take Baths? by Kathy Tucker.
  • I Spy Treasure Hunt by Jean Marzollo.
  • Ooey Gooey by Mercer Mayer.
  • Pirate School by Cathy E. Dubouski.

Bulletin Board

Ahoy Matey! Come Aboard for a Good Read!

Create a large pirate ship and place it on the lower half of the bulletin board. Place pirates across the hull of ship. Write book titles, authors, and call numbers of books and videos about pirates on the pirate shapes.


Shiver Me Timbers!

Create a display of books and videos about pirates and treasure hunts. Use a pirate piñata as the centerpiece.


Hang pirate and parrot piñatas.


As children enter the storytime area, give them nametags of a pirate or parrot.


Pirates, Pirates

(Adapted by Leila Raven Parrish.)

Pirates, pirates everywhere, (Motion around room)

Pirates climbing stairs, (Climb stairs)

Pirates giving stares, (Hand above eyes)

Pirates shouting "Ahoy There!" (Cup hands)

Pirates sitting on chairs. (Pretend to sit down)

ARGH! (With frustration)

Pirates washing hairs! (Rub hands on head)

Pirates, pirates everywhere! (Motion around room)


Three-Corner Hat


My hat it has three corners,

Three corners has my hat,

If it did not have three corners,

It would not be my hat.


Three-Corner Pirate's Hat


  • Pirate hat and bone patterns
  • 9" x 12" black construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Glue
  • Stapler


For each child, precut three copies of the pirate's hat pattern from black construction paper and cut two bones from white construction paper using the patterns at the end of the chapter. With the help of an adult, the children cross and glue or staple the two white bones to one hat piece and then staple the two additional hat pieces together create a three-cornered pirate hat.

Pirate's Eye Patch


  • Black felt
  • Yarn, cut in 18-inch lengths


Using the pattern here, pre-cut eye patches from black felt and cut two slits on top. Let the children thread yarn through the holes. Tie it over one eye.


Pirate or Parrot Pinata

Fill a pirate or parrot piñata with gold coins, jewelry, eye patches, and other pirate loot. Let the children take turns swinging at it with a plastic bat or stick. With very young children, do not use the blindfold.

Performing Pirates

Children wear their hat and eye patches and perform the Three-Corner Hat and Pirates, Pirates fingerplays, and sing along to "Pirate's Life" from the soundtrack to Disney's Peter Pan.

Guest Speaker

Invite a storyteller/magician dressed like a pirate to tell pirate stories.

Audio Recording

"Pirate's Life" on Disney's Peter Pan Soundtrack.


I Spy Treasure Hunt.

Professional Resource

Great Pirate Activity Book by Deri Robins.


Texas Reading Club 2003 Programming Manual / Mission Possible Spy Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011