Here's a new resource that I am going to take immediate advantage of, at least when the library opens tomorrow. It's a bibliography of pirate books and web sites, put together by Kay E. Vandergrift, Rutgers professor emerita.
My son (who's 6) was asking for a book about pirates just yesterday, and that prompted a little discussion about them. "They were robbers, you know," I felt obligated to say. (No news to him, by the way.) Prof. Vandergrift asks some thought-provoking questions in her introduction to the pirate bibliography, including the following:
Is it our responsibility as educators to help children understand the reality of piracy to counteract the glorification of pirates often seen in the popular media?
Can we, or should we, attempt to introduce this reality without destroying children's joy in re-creating traditional fictional pirates in their dramatic play?
Prof. Vandergrift maintains the excellent Children's Literature Page, of which the pirate information is a part. You'll find bibliographies and commentary on many other subjects. This is a can't-miss site.