Imagine you and your best friend are on a pirate ship and have a chance to help the pirates find the buried treasure…

We have had fun creating live escape rooms for our patrons in Youth Services at KCKPL Main Library, one of which we were not able to share with everyone due to the outbreak of COVID-19. After seeing several amazing digital escape rooms designed by other librarians around the country, we decided to create a pirate-themed digital escape room. This was an excellent learning opportunity for us as we collaborated remotely and used Google Forms to create this escape room. We hope this virtual adventure sparks your imagination and that you landlubbers find the buried treasure!

Here is the link to our Pirate Ship Adventure digital escape room.

This escape room can be done individually or as a group. Caregivers can help younger children read the clues and solve the puzzles together.

Good Luck!

Additional Resources:

If this escape room has inspired you to learn more about pirates, we invite you to check out our books, ebooks, audiobooks, and movies about pirates. Simply type pirates into our online catalog, and you will find hundreds of titles of picture books, middle grade chapter books, novels, non-fiction titles, and movies.

Here is a link to a HOOPLA list of children’s pirate books.

This one looks really exciting and is available as an ebook on HOOPLA.

Pirates and Shipwrecks. True Stories: Part of the Mystery and Mayhem series, by Tom McCarthy

When Daniel Collins and the crew of the Betsey set sail for Cuba in 1824, they have no idea of the horrors that lie ahead. This is just one of the stories in a collection of five true tales about pirates and shipwrecks that introduces readers to the perils of the high seas. Pirates and Shipwrecks: True Stories is the first book in the Mystery & Mayhem series for 9–12-year-olds, which features true tales that whet kids’ appetites for history by engaging them in genres with proven track records-mystery and adventure.

I love this picture book about a pirate trying to find treasure in a library:

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou by Rhonda Gowler Greene; illustrated by Brian Ajhar
Big Pirate Pete’s treasure map has led him to Seabreezy Library, where Library Lou must convince him that the true treasure is the books.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
This YA novel is a sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, but I adored it even without having read the first story (which I have added to my reading list). Felicity’s sarcastic wit and daring to boldly go where no girls have gone before is a delight. She meets Sim, a Muslim pirate, and the two share an adventure of a lifetime.

I laughed out loud as I listened to this audiobook on my commute to work each day. I can never get enough pirate stories!

If ye be wishin’ to speak like a pirate, our Electronic Resource Mango Language Learning is a great place to start. Click on the MANGO logo for a link to our electronic databases. You can enjoy MANGO as a guest, or you can create an account with your library card or sign up for an eCard on our website.

We would love your feedback on our Pirate Escape Room. Let us know how quickly you were able to complete it, or if you really had to help your parents figure out the clues.

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Miss Liz & Miss Chantel