Ahoy mateys! We’ll start this one off with a joke: What’s a pirate’s favorite letter? (Find the punchline at the bottom of this post.)
September 19 marks the 10-year anniversary of International Talk like a Pirate Day. Read all about the history of this “holiday” on its official Facebook page. While you’re there, you can truly immerse yourself in pirate language by changing your default language on Facebook to English (Pirate). Don’t worry—you won’t have to walk the plank if you don’t want to!
Some other ways to celebrate Talk like a Pirate Day include telling bad pirate jokes, wearing an eye patch and, of course, stocking your digital collection with pirate-themed eBooks and audiobooks! Here are a few suggestions:
Attempting to answer an age-old question, “Why Do Pirates Love Parrots?” by David Feldman explains that pirates commonly kept parrots and other tropical as souvenirs of their travels. Plus, the brightly colored birds could be taught to speak—an excellent party trick. Compared to say, monkeys, parrots were easier to keep track of on board a ship. You’ll find many more entertaining questions—not all pirate-related— in HarperCollins’ “Imponderables” series.
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme-park rides and movies inspired a collection of digital books that expand upon the adventures of characters like Jack Sparrow. (To learn more about Disney Digital Books, contact our collection development team.)
The VeggieTales crew of talking (and singing) vegetables stars in the rhyming tale “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything and Me!” Larry the Cucumber teaches Junior Asparagus that school is important for pirates in training.
Crossing genres, “The Code of Zombie Pirate: How To Become an Undead Master of the High Seas,” by Scott Kenemore, combines interest in both zombies and pirates for a humorous look at their common goals—inspiring fear, wreaking havoc and fighting against authority. This book even covers “vampirates,” which, as everyone knows, are pirates who are also vampires. Obviously.
Finally, Talk Like a Pirate Day is a great chance to read about classic fictional pirates like Captain Hook (“Peter Pan“) and Long John Silver (“Treasure Island“). These audiobooks feature fantastic narration that brings these anti-heroes to life. We also offer these titles as always-available eBooks through Project Gutenberg. Don’t have Project Gutenberg on your site yet? Contact your OverDrive Account Specialist to get it set up for free today.
Now, for the punchline. So what’s a pirate’s favorite letter? You’d think it’d be the R (Arrrrr!), but it’s really the C. (Get it? The sea!)
Find all these titles and other fun pirate-fare in Content Reserve and look out for more great (non-pirate related) deals with our “Feed Your Reader” campaign.
Melissa Work is a Marketing & Outreach Specialist at OverDrive.