Bookbug's Pirate CD: Songs and rhymes for little ones to enjoy

Pirate CD artwork by Cate James
Category: Bookbug

Have you always wanted to play the spoons? Well now’s your chance...

This week, we launched our brand new CD for 3-year-olds in Scotland. You can listen to the tunes online here.  As well as listening, we’re hoping children, at home (with their mums, dads, granddads and grannies) and at nursery will want to join in the music making with percussion, actions and singing the songs themselves. 

Getting to know songs and rhymes makes you feel good

Getting to know songs and rhymes makes you feel good – it builds confidence and pride. Rhythm and rhyme are the building blocks of language so singing and dancing support talking, and, later on, reading.

The songs and music have been selected by Bookbug to inspire families to listen, dance, and join in. The CD will be part of our Pirate Pack in 2015, alongside some fantastic books and other fun goodies for your little ones.

The tracks start with an instrumental section that’s great for dancing, marching and imagining, with music from America and from Scotland. Track 2 is by Sousa, who was known as the American March King. As well as some amazing brass instruments to crash your saucepan lids to, you’ll hear a whistle blowing right near the end.

There are plenty of loud sounds but there are smaller, quieter details to listen out for too. On track 3 you’ll hear some tapping. It’s someone playing the spoons. Wooden spoons!* 

Ickle Ockle illustration by Cate James

If you’ve been coming along to Bookbug sessions in Edinburgh or Glasgow you may already be familiar with the voices of musicians and Bookbug session leaders Carol Laula and David Hood, who both feature on the CD singing action songs and saying traditional rhymes, like The Big Ship Sails on the Ally Ally Oh and When I Was One...

Storytellers Fergus and Claire McNicol tell the story of Pirate Jenny, Captain Sharkey and their pirate crew, written and performed by them especially for the Bookbug CD.

The CD cover and booklet feature illustrations by Cate James, along with Debi Gliori’s pirate-dressed Bookbug.

Sharing music and dancing together brings out smiles, laughter and cuddles, all of which are vital to children and their parents health and well-being.

So get yourselves ship shape, grab some teaspoons (or some salad servers!) and start tapping...


* Musician David Rosen from the Gloucester and Hornpipe and Clog Society, Boston tell us about his musical spoons on Track 3: “Although I do sometimes play metal spoons, I prefer the warm sound of wooden (salad) spoons. I bought mine in a hardware store in the Chinese community of lower Manhattan in New York City in the 1960's. They were made in Denmark I believe. I like to think of them as international style spoons.” 

Sarah Burton

Sarah is the Early Years Programme Development Manager (Maternity Cover) for Scottish Book Trust.