How I Became a Pirate

written by Melinda Long & illustrated by David Shannon

We LOVE this series -- the best books on our list, in our opinion!  Long's witty storytelling is perfectly paired with Shannon's wild and funny acrylics.  We agree with School Library Journal, who calls it a "rollicking adventure [that's] sure to be a favorite with the story time crowd." 

How I Became a Pirate
Jeremy is spending a day at the beach with his family when a pirate ship appears. Wanting to see what it's like to be a pirate, he boards their ship and learns all about life as a pirate--from ditching table matters and bedtimes to singing 'sea chantys' and talking 'pirate talk'. This is the first in the series and an absolute must read!

Pirates Don't Change Diapers
The pirate gang is back to pick up their matey Jeremy and head out to dig up a buried treasure.  But first, Jeremy's baby sister needs tending (including a diaper change) and the 'brave' pirates are hilariously ill-suited to the task. Fans of the series will be glad to see the not-quite-so-fearsome pirates back for more antics. Love the illustrations!

Pirates Activity Book
This 36-page, full-color activity book includes is perhaps better suited to purchases for individual kids than for a classroom, but there are some cute activities that teachers can use.  Includes instructions on to make a pirate goodies (like a hat, an eye patch, and treasure chest) plus, puzzles, songs, coloring pages, a "Talk like a pirate" glossary, a "Cannonball!" card game, and temporary pirate tattoos.

Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Pres-Gr. 3          DRA Level: 24                   Lexile Measure: 470L
Grade Equivalent: 3.1                Guided Reading: M

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