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Pirate Picture Books

Our pirate crew took to the high seas to hunt down the very best pirate picture books they could lay their hands on. Lots of children’s books had to walk the plank in the process, but we found the best of the best. No shark chum fer ya here, me hearties!

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Bad Pirate
by Kari-Lynn Winters

Everyone knows pirates have to be saucy and bold, but most of all they have to be selfish! Captain Barnacle orders his entire crew to be as selfish as possible—no good deeds or helping hands allowed. But the captain’s daughter doesn’t have a selfish bone in her body. Can a selfless pirate be a good pirate after all?

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Grandma and the Pirates
by Phoebe Gilman

What’s a girl to do when hungry pirates kidnap her pudding-cooking Grandma? Melissa knows she has to do something, so off she swims to rescue her grandma—but that’s only the beginning of their troubles! Will they ever escape the pirates, or will they be stuck cooking noodle pudding on a pirate ship for the rest of their lives?

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How I Became a Pirate
by Melinda Long

While playing on the beach, Jeremy Jacobs is happily shanghaied by Captain Braid Beard’s band of pirates! At first, Jeremy is quite enamored with the life of a pirate—their language, their songs, and their nonexistent table manners. But before long he begins to wonder if the fun and frolic of pirate life makes up for what he’s missing.

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I Love My Pirate Papa
by Laura Leuck

Even pirates can make great papas! In this charmingly rhythmic picture book, a young buccaneer describes all the reasons he loves his pirate papa. Whether they’re hoisting the Jolly Roger, reading treasure maps together (X is their favorite letter), or just getting ready for a good night’s sleep, this father and son pirate pair just love being together.

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Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate
by Kim Kennedy

A pirate ship is just a ship if it doesn’t have a crew to do the sailing and cannon firing—and poor Pirate Pete doesn’t have a crew. Of course, he’s hunting for a shipful of the most stubborn, cranky, and stinky pirates he can find! But that’s not all: Pirate Pete wants a crew that can talk like pirates, too! Will he ever find them?

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Pirate Princess
by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Princess Bea doesn’t want to wear frilly dresses and she certainly doesn’t want to learn how to serve tea. She wants to sail the seven seas as a pirate! In this rhyming romp of a tale, Princess Bea tries everything to find her place on a pirate ship, but being a pirate may not be as easy as she thinks. Maybe the pirate’s life isn’t for her after all!

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Pirates Don’t Change Diapers
by Melinda Long

Are pirates good babysitters? In this laugh-out-loud picture book, the answer is a rousing NO! Jeremy Jacobs won’t let Captain Braid Beard and his crew dig up their treasure—unless they help him babysit howling Bonney Anne. But it soon becomes clear that no matter how good their treasure-hunting skills are, pirates should never be babysitters!

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Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime
by Marcie Wessel

It’s time for bed on the pirate ship, but little Ned is not interested in going to sleep. His father the pirate captain tries everything to make Ned behave—finding his teddy bear, helping him put away his toys—but not even painting an “X marks the spot” on his pillow will help. Ned’s attempts to stay up late might tire out his papa first!

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Pirate’s Perfect Pet
by Beth Ferry

Captain Crave has everything a pirate needs—well, almost everything. He’s still trying to find a peg leg, but even more importantly, he’s in search of a pet! Scouring the beach, a farm, and the zoo, he won’t rest until he finds the perfect furry … or maybe feathery … friend. But what if the perfect pet for a pirate can’t be found on land or sea?

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Prince and Pirate
by Charlotte Gunnufson

Prince and Pirate are two very different fish who lead two very different lives in two very different fishbowls. But both are just as happy as clams. That is, until the day they find themselves in the same tank together. There may never be peace in the royal waters again—at least not until these two scurvy scalawags can find a way to get along!

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Small Saul
by Ashley Spires

Saul was born to sail the sea—but he’s too short to join the navy. What else can an aspiring sea dog do but become a rough, tough pirate? But there’s a problem—Saul is neither rough nor tough! Can Saul prove he belongs on the seven seas, even if he’d rather sing chanteys than hunt treasure? After all, there’s room on the ship for everyone!

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The Pirates Next Door
by Jonny Duddle

Not much happens in the little town of Dull-On-Sea … until a sword-wielding pirate family moves in! Suddenly, the town is alive with happenings—including a petition to get rid of the newcomers. Pirates are just too smelly for a pretty town like Dull-On-Sea. Maybe the villagers have a lesson to learn about judging a pirate by his patch.


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Caryn Gillette

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We’ve been able to find some of these at the library. So fun for my boys and thankful that you have recommended them! Keep it up!

Mary M.

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Thank you for the list! Got the Pirate’s Lullaby for my three year old from the library, he loves it!

Robin E.

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Pirate’s Lullaby is such a good one, Mary!

Suzanne

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Thanks for the list!

Katy

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Haha Pirates dont change diapers is definitely going on our reading list!

Robin E.

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Pirates Don’t Change Diapers is a great one, Katy! 😊 One of my sons particularly loved it.

Kim

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Looks so much fun

Tracy

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My daughter loves All About Reading!

Laura

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Great list!!

Christina

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Great list!

Crystal Clark

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Ooooh! There are actually a couple there we have never read! I need to search them out for my pirate loving 5 year old. Thanks!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Crystal! It’s always great to find new books on a much-loved subject. 😊

Cathy

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I love having library book lists!

Kimberly Ingalls

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Pirates are fun!

BreAna Alexander

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Fun!! My kids love pirates and made a pirate ship today using an upside down craft table. We will have to check out some of these books to read on their ship!

Robin E.

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You’re kids sound so creative, BreAna! I’m glad we would give you some reading material suggestions to go with their play. 😊

Look likes a good reading list that my son would love!

Mira

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Now this is creative!
Pirates… and the illustrations are so good with it!

Karina Townsend

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Thank you for such a great post! My boys love pirate books, we have read a few on this list and look forward to have our hands on the others!

Andrea

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Thank you for these fun books to try!

Megan

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These would be great for our current unit!

Tammy

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Thank you for the awesome list of books on pirates!! My daughter loves Pirates on the Farm as well!

Krista Culbertson

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Such great ideas!

Sharon

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Also, for older children, 5 or 6 and up, Marge in Charge and the Treasure by Isla Fisher. A pirate baby. Scalawag.

Robin E.

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Thank you for the recommendations, Sharon!

Cindy Niesen

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So cute! My 7 year old daughter loves pirate stories!

Mary

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Hoping we win. Second year homeschooling our down syndrome child and maybe this can help with her.

Robin E.

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Mary,
Have you seen our blog post All About Reading and Down Syndrome? I think you will find it helpful.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lauren Siler

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These look adorable!!!

Jessica

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What a great list! My boys will love me to add these books to our read-aloud list.

Julie

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Thank you for a fun list!

Anita

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My son loves pirates these books will be a great addition.

Christy

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Thank you for all of the fantastic resources you provide! This book list is just the cherry on top of an entire bowl of pure joy!

Hope Ryan

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We enjoyed the youth novels The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates by Caroline Carson (series of three books) on audio book. A girl destined for finishing school challenges the pirate leader and leads all on a curious adventure with her various old friends and new pirate-y friends.

Robin E.

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This sounds like a great book, Hope! Thanks for the recommendation.

Kayla

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This is great! My kids love pirates so this list is definitely helpful. Thank you.

Pam

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Love the pirate activity. My boys will love this.

Christina Stephenson

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Thanks for the Pirate-themed books and activities! I will share with a friend – she has a 4-year-old son who lives pirates!

Jessica B.

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Thank you! I have a houseful of boys that will love these!

Eva

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This is wonderful! My 3 boys will love these – thank you for the suggestions.

Laurie

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As cute as these look, I still have trouble with the general trend to portray murderous thieves as adorable and fun.

Diane S James

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Love the printable book list to take to the library. My child can highlight the ones available at the library and keep a running list of favorites from the printable list.

rebekah everhart

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We will have to check out these pirate books. My son and daughter would love them.

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