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Pirates have become a rather interesting group of characters for us to read about. Particularly unique is their fun jargon. Below you will find the best books about pirates, their adventures and their loot! We hope you enjoy the gander through these ventures as much as we do, Matey!

Top 10 Books About Pirates

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Sunk!
Written & illustrated by Rob Biddulph
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
A pirate hat. A sunny day. For Penguin Blue A game to play... Penguin Blue is back in a swashbuckling new adventure about pirates, treasure, and friendship. While sailing the seven seas Captain Blue and his friends are unexpectedly sunk! But with a shipwreck to explore and a mysterious stranger on a desert island to meet, they might still find some treasure after all. The follow-up to the bestselling and award-winning Blown Away.
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Ahoy, Li'l Buccaneers!
Written by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Buccaneers sail. Buccaneers steer. Buccaneers grumble, snarl, and sneer. Hardy har har! Calling all Li'l Buccaneers to set sail on a fun adventure, filled with dancing, singing, sparring, and treasure hunting. Young swashbucklers and their pirate pals are guaranteed a mighty good time with this delightfully rip-roaring, rhyming board book.
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Twenty-six Pirates
Written & illustrated by Dave Horowitz
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is a funny and spunky alphabet book, complete with rhymes that aren't always perfect, and cut paper illustrations that are more edgy than sweet. It's a very fun read aloud and elicits plenty of giggles from my two-year-old boy, who loves this one "again" and "again". Look for the funny frogs throughout the book—they have great facial expressions. Note: I don't believe there is any such thing as a "boy book" or "girl book", but this book does have only boy pirates and has what some might characterize as "little boy humor."
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Dave Horowitz’s swashbuckling cut-paper artwork is packed with clever details in this epic companion to his popular Twenty-six Princesses. This rhyming alphabet book is chock full of fun as 26 mischievous pirates head to Captain Frogbeard’s ship where they hope to join the crew—and the fun! From Arty to Zach, the Pirates of the Alphabet are the most colorful crew on the high seas!
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Bizzy Bear: Pirate Adventure
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Benji Davies
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
With chunky sliders to push and pull, this robust little board book is perfect for active toddlers. Rich in visual detail and with touches of humor, it is sure to become a classic in the family library. Today, Bizzy Bear is packing his ship, hoisting the Jolly Roger and setting sail on an exciting pirate adventure! Little readers will love helping Bizzy steer his ship, dig for treasure, and open the treasure chest.
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Pirates in Pajamas
Written & illustrated by Caroline Crowe
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Pirates just LOVE pajamas! Frilly ones and spotted ones, woolly ones and dotted ones. Leap aboard the Leaky Parrot for the funniest pirate pajama party EVER!
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The Gingerbread Pirates
Written by Kristin Kladstrup & illustrated by Matt Tavares
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This was a fun and entirely original take on gingerbread men at Christmas and will thrill your little one's imaginations with the daring of what one little cookie can accomplish. I was a little nervous about whether I'd like this book, but in the end, my heart was softened to this book, just like Captain Cookie's was towards Santa Claus.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
What if a brave Captain Cookie stood up to Santa? A fresh, funny story that sparkles with all the excitement of a pirate adventure — and all the magic of Christmas morning. (Ages 4-10) A funny and magical Christmas story about a gingerbread pirate, Captain Cookie, and his daring adventure on Christmas eve to rescue his crew from a mysterious cannibal named Santa Claus…
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Peter Powers and the Swashbuckling Sky Pirates!
Written by Kent Clark and Brandon T Snider & illustrated by Dave Bardin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
Everyone in the Powers family has super awesome superpowers-except Peter. That's why he's been working hard to improve his ice talents and is more powerful than ever. But when a group of sky pirates come to town, they steal everyone's abilities-including Peter's. Without superpowers, Peter is about to discover whether he's as cool as he thought he was or if he was letting his powers define him. Can he help his family, save his friends, and battle the diabolical sky piratesor is his goose cooked? Featuring an extra-special power-packed final chapter that will shock readers! This title is the sixth chapter book in a new series of exciting stories about a young boy who has some rather crummy superpowers. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, but the charm can be found in the heartfelt message about the power of family, friends, and having confidence.
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The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo!
Written by Stephen Bramucci & illustrated by Arree Chung
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Indiana Jones meets Lemony Snicket in this hilarious new series--fully illustrated by picture book talent Arree Chung--that's a must-have for all aspiring adventurers. "The ride of a lifetime." --Matt de la Peña, Newbery Award-winning author Ronald Zupan is a daring master adventurer! But he actually hasn't experienced any grand adventures . . . YET! When his world-traveling parents are kidnapped on his twelfth birthday, Ronald seizes the chance to prove himself with a dazzling, danger-defying rescue operation. Teaming up with his trusty butler Jeeves, his quick-witted fencing nemesis Julianne Sato, and his pet cobra Carter, Ronald sets course for the jungle of Borneo where his parents were last sighted. If they can crash-land a plane and outrun a hungry snow leopard, surely they can find the secret lair of Zeetan Z, the world's most ruthless pirate! But as their adventure becomes more and more dangerous, can Ronald and his companions muster enough courage to see this adventure through?
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Are You the Pirate Captain?
Written by Gareth P. Jones & illustrated by Garry Parsons
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I like the illustrations in this book and like that they're trying to find the perfect pirate captain for their crew, but the rhyming scheme was a little more complex and changed quite a bit, which I thought took away from the flow. Fun read, and fun that there's a song at the end!
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Recommend Ages: 4-9
First Mate Hugh has the whole crew and the pirate ship ready, but they can't set sail until they find a captain! Come on this swashbuckling adventure as Hugh and his scurvy seadogs try to find the perfect pirate for the job. Rather than a peg leg or a hook, it turns out that what their captain needs is the brains to lead! Endpages adorned with lively pirate songs make this book a seaworthy tale from beginning to end!
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Captain Jack and the Pirates
Written by Peter Bently & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
The boys from King Jack and the Dragon are back in this swashbuckling pirate adventure with pictures by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Jack, Zack, and Caspar are building a ship—on the beach, out of sand. When they set sail on their imaginary adventure, Jack spies an enemy pirate ship nearby. They chase after the pirates, but a storm wrecks their ship and sweeps them up on a desert island. The island isn't totally deserted, though—their pirate enemies are there too. Just as the boys discover the pirates' treasure (an array of delicious desserts), the pirates (their parents) capture them. But these pirates are friendly—they're willing to share the treasure, and they throw in some ice cream just for good measure! Perfect for storytime read-alouds, this picture book is just right for fans of Three Bears in a Boat, How I Became a Pirate, and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
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Books About Pirates and Friendship

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Sunk!
Written & illustrated by Rob Biddulph
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
A pirate hat. A sunny day. For Penguin Blue A game to play... Penguin Blue is back in a swashbuckling new adventure about pirates, treasure, and friendship. While sailing the seven seas Captain Blue and his friends are unexpectedly sunk! But with a shipwreck to explore and a mysterious stranger on a desert island to meet, they might still find some treasure after all. The follow-up to the bestselling and award-winning Blown Away.
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Trick ARRR Treat: A Pirate Halloween
Written by Leslie Kimmelman & illustrated by Jorge Monlongo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Charlotte Blue-Tongue, Peg-Leg Pete, Glass-Eyed Gabby, and their friends swashbuckle through the streets demanding loot and treasure from their neighbors in this Halloween pirate tale. As their world transforms from neighborhood to pirate’s lagoon, they shout, “We be pirates. TRICK ARRR TREAT!” But what’s lurking in the shadows? Are the pirates brave enough to defend their treasure?
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Pirate Pedro
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Arg! In this e-book, it's Pirate Day at school. Pedro and his mateys have fun pretending to be pirates at school and home. But who will be captain of the ship?
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Animal Inn 3-Books-in-1! book
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The Fort book
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The Antlered Ship book
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Princess Pirates Book 3: Opal the Monstrous Forest book
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  1. Animal Inn 3-Books-in-1! - The first three novels in the Animal Inn chapter book series, where the fur—and fun—flies at an animal spa and hotel, are now available together in a fur-tastic paperback edition! The Animal Inn is an all-inclusive pet resort and spa for animals from dogs to rabbits, cats to ducks, parrots to lizards. From doggie and kitty daycare, to grooming, and group play—you name it, and the Animal Inn has it. The Inn is run by the Tyler family along with their pets Leopold, the Macaw; Fuzzy and Furry, the gerbils; dogs Dash and Coco; felines Shadow and Whiskers; and a rollicking horde of animal visitors. In A Furry Fiasco, when the animals hear that a new boarder—a Komodo Dragon—will be coming to the Inn, they panic! Will it gobble them all up and then devour their family? In Treasure Hunt, the animals are convinced a pirate with a glittering treasure is visiting the Animal Inn. Will the animals have to walk the plank in order to survive? Arghhh! And in The Bow-Wow Bus, Cassie Tyler’s first grade class takes a field trip to Animal Inn for a meet and greet. And it’s a furry good time for all—even for the newest kid in class, a goldfish named Blub.

  2. The Fort - Can a pirate and a prince learn to share? In the fort in the woods, a prince is preparing his castle for a lively feast for the royal kingdom. Unbeknownst to him, a pirate uses the same fort as her ship, planning to venture out to the open seas in search of treasure. But when a treasure map appears on the prince’s party invitations, and the pirate finds that her sword has turned into a scepter, they realize there is an intruder in the castle―no, ship! Soon, a battle over the fort between the adversaries ensues, leading to a humorous showdown. When they make amends, their amazing imaginations come up with a new adventure…together. Kids will revel in the spirited and imaginative battle and be thrilled by the turn of events. Dynamic and charismatic illustrations bring this witty tale and its celebration of sharing and teamwork to life.

  3. The Antlered Ship - An inquisitive fox named Marco and a bored flock of pigeons join the crew of deer Captain Sylvia, setting sail in her antlered ship in search of a wonderful island and finding friendship on the way.

  4. Princess Pirates Book 3: Opal the Monstrous Forest - A battle for the magical world of Lemuria is raging and an evil sorceress called Obsidian is on the brink of defeating the five royal families. The buccaneering adventures begin as the Princess Pirates use their magical powers to help the people and animals of Lemuria, while embracing the values of teamwork, friendship, girl power, courage, and loyalty. Join Opal in book 3 as the Princess Pirates battle to release the Purple Isle from a terrible curse. Opal can speak with the animals, but she will need courage to keep her friends safe during their most dangerous adventure yet. Will they save the day and escape from the monstrous forest?

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Books About Pirates and Treasure

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Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince
Written by Liz Kessler & illustrated by Erin Farley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Emily Windsnap ends up surrounded by pirates -- and on a life-changing adventure -- in the eighth installment of the New York Times best-selling series. Traveling home by cruise ship should be a relaxing break after Emily's latest adventure, but things take a turn when the ship is overtaken by a pirate king and his crew. After the pirates collect everyone's riches, they steal something even more valuable: Aaron. The pirate king's eldest son takes Aaron captive, forcing him to help guide the pirates to the mythical Trident's Treasure. So Emily dives into action and joins the younger son's crew in hopes of saving Aaron. But while experiencing life on the waves, Emily is surprised to find herself not only enjoying the pirate life, but actually bonding with the crew -- especially Sam, the pirate king's son. Between helping Sam unravel riddles to beat his brother to the treasure and making sure that her friends are safe, Emily realizes that she needs to be true to herself. Will she cast aside her mermaid life to join her new friends, or will she find a way to follow her own path?
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Race to the Bottom of the Sea
Written & illustrated by Lindsay Eagar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Can a clever young inventor uncover a ruthless pirate's heart of gold? Thrilling sea adventure takes on a hint of steampunk in the second book by the author of the acclaimed Hour of the Bees. When her parents, the great marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in a tragic accident, eleven-year-old Fidelia Quail is racked by grief -- and guilt. It was a submarine of Fidelia's invention that her parents were in when they died, and it was she who pressed them to stay out longer when the raging Undertow was looming. But Fidelia is forced out of her mourning when she's kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, a pirate whose list of treasons stretches longer than a ribbon eel. Her task? Use her marine know-how to retrieve his treasure, lost on the ocean floor. But as Fidelia and the pirates close in on the prize, with the navy hot on their heels, she realizes that Merrick doesn't expect to live long enough to enjoy his loot. Could something other than black-hearted greed be driving him? Will Fidelia be able to master the perils of the ocean without her parents -- and piece together the mystery of Merrick the Monstrous before it's too late?
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Attack of the Zombie Mermaids
Written by Michael Anthony Steele & illustrated by Pauline Reeves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Captain Banana Beard thinks that finding Neptune's Trident will bring him great fortune. But the treasure carries a curse! What will the Nearly Fearless Monkey Pirates do when they come face to face with zombie mermaids?
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Treasure Island (Puffin Pixels) book
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The Treasure of Pirate Frank book
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Escape from Haunted Treasure Island book
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The Treasure of Maria Mamoun book
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  1. Treasure Island (Puffin Pixels) - Embrace your inner geek with Puffin Pixels Puffin Pixels is a collection of classics featuring pixelated, 8-bit video game cover artwork in the Minecraft style. Following the demise of bloodthirsty buccaneer Captain Flint, young Jim Hawkins finds himself with the key to a fortune. For he has discovered a map that will lead him to the fabled Treasure Island. But a host of villains, wild beasts and deadly savages stand between him and the stash of gold. Not to mention the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas . .

  2. The Treasure of Pirate Frank - A boy and his dog set sail in search of treasure, braving stormy seas, mountains snowy and cold, the forest where the monkeys swing, the swamp where the bullfrogs sing, and other challenging obstacles, before finally reaching the end of their quest—the treasure of Pirate Frank. But there’s a surprise in store when they discover that Pirate Frank is a girl. And no one is going to steal her treasure!

  3. Escape from Haunted Treasure Island - The Nearly Fearless Monkey Pirates sail to a secret treasure island where they come face to face with pirate ghosts! Will they escape or will they walk the haunted plank?

  4. The Treasure of Maria Mamoun - Twelve-year-old Maria lives a lonely, latchkey-kid’s life in the Bronx. Her Lebanese mother is working two nursing jobs to keep them afloat, and Maria keeps her worries to herself, not wanting to be a burden. Then something happens one day between home and school that changes everything. Mom whisks them to an altogether different world on Martha’s Vineyard, where she’s found a job on a seaside estate. While the mysterious bedridden owner―a former film director―keeps her mother busy, Maria has the freedom to explore a place she thought could only exist in the movies. Making friends with a troublesome local character, Maria finds an old sailboat that could make a marvelous clubhouse. She also stumbles upon an old map that she is sure will lead to pirate’s plunder―but golden treasure may not be the most valuable thing she discovers for herself this special summer.

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Books About Pirates and Family

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Peter Powers and the Swashbuckling Sky Pirates!
Written by Kent Clark and Brandon T Snider & illustrated by Dave Bardin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
Everyone in the Powers family has super awesome superpowers-except Peter. That's why he's been working hard to improve his ice talents and is more powerful than ever. But when a group of sky pirates come to town, they steal everyone's abilities-including Peter's. Without superpowers, Peter is about to discover whether he's as cool as he thought he was or if he was letting his powers define him. Can he help his family, save his friends, and battle the diabolical sky piratesor is his goose cooked? Featuring an extra-special power-packed final chapter that will shock readers! This title is the sixth chapter book in a new series of exciting stories about a young boy who has some rather crummy superpowers. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, but the charm can be found in the heartfelt message about the power of family, friends, and having confidence.
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Pirate's Lullaby
Written by Marcie Wessels & illustrated by Tim Bowers
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
This is a fun book full of rhyming and pirate talk. I love the references used that relate to bedtime (or trying to escape bedtime) and pirate adventures. You will definitely experience a load of fun with your little one as you read this before bed.
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
"Yo ho ho! It's bedtime, but first it's mutiny! This little pirate will do anything to avoid going to sleep. Read along in fun pirate lingo as our young swashbuckler stows his toys in his "treasure chest", searches for his best "mate" (peg-legged Captain Teddy), plays a game of "walk the plank", and reads a few bedtime stories from "Davy Jones's Locker". Will Papa Pirate ever get his little one to catch "forty winks"? Young pirate fans will love this funny, rhyming bedtime story as they laugh along with the little pirate's plots to stay up. It's sure to get every young reader into his "bunk" night after night."
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Scallywag on the Salish Sea
Written by Sara Cassidy & illustrated by Mike Deas
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
The Greasy Lobster, a pirate ship run by the notorious Captain Gallows, is no place for a kid. But when a young orphan arrives on board, the boy has no choice but to take the captain’s orders and get to work gutting fish in the galley. Without family, freedom or even a name to call his own, the boy thinks his fate is sealed until fortune appears in the least likely of places. Can he really turn his luck around in this ship full of thieving pirates, and does one of those pirates hold the key to his mysterious past?
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Peter Pan book
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Peter and the Starcatchers book
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My Granny Is a Pirate book
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Sun book
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  1. Peter Pan - One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland – the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…

  2. Peter and the Starcatchers - Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

  3. My Granny Is a Pirate - My granny is a pirate!
    She’s sailed the seven seas.
    She captured many pirate ships
    But was always home for tea.
    When a family secret about Granny is revealed, we discover all about her fiercesome pirate reputation and her swashbuckling ways - from making other rogueish pirates walk the plank to singing sea shanties to her dog, Jolly Roger. Look again at your granny…could she be a pirate too? A must-have book for all pirate fans.

  4. Sun - A boy and his grandad set off on a scorching adventure in this companion to Snow and Rain. It’s the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. It’s just the right kind of day for a boy and his granddad to go for a picnic. But as the sun beats down, Granddad keeps having to stop for a rest, and by the time they find the perfect picnic spot, some pirates have beaten them to it. Good thing they have enough food to share!

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Books About Pirates and Social Themes

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The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo!
Written by Stephen Bramucci & illustrated by Arree Chung
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Indiana Jones meets Lemony Snicket in this hilarious new series--fully illustrated by picture book talent Arree Chung--that's a must-have for all aspiring adventurers. "The ride of a lifetime." --Matt de la Peña, Newbery Award-winning author Ronald Zupan is a daring master adventurer! But he actually hasn't experienced any grand adventures . . . YET! When his world-traveling parents are kidnapped on his twelfth birthday, Ronald seizes the chance to prove himself with a dazzling, danger-defying rescue operation. Teaming up with his trusty butler Jeeves, his quick-witted fencing nemesis Julianne Sato, and his pet cobra Carter, Ronald sets course for the jungle of Borneo where his parents were last sighted. If they can crash-land a plane and outrun a hungry snow leopard, surely they can find the secret lair of Zeetan Z, the world's most ruthless pirate! But as their adventure becomes more and more dangerous, can Ronald and his companions muster enough courage to see this adventure through?
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Daniela the Pirate
Written by Susanna Isern & illustrated by Gomez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Is being a pirate only for boys? That's not what Daniela thinks. Daniela dreams of becoming a pirate on the Black Croc boat, but it seems that the pirates are a little chauvinist. Captain Choppylobe makes Daniela go through diffcult challenges. Will Daniela make it?
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Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates
Written by Tim J Myers & illustrated by Bonnie Pang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Inspired by the 1863 Egg War and the mad rush for murre eggs on the Farallon Islands near San Francisco, Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates is a high-seas adventure story celebrating the courage and history of Chinese immigrants in America through a fascinating yet little-known event during the California Gold Rush era.
Honorable Mentions
How to Be a Pirate book
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Victricia Malicia book
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  1. How to Be a Pirate - A sparkling and inspirational picture book about a girl who wants to be a pirate, her tattooed grandpa, and their indelible bond. When the neighborhood boys tell CeCe that she can’t be a pirate, she goes straight to her Grandpa, who must know something about being a pirate. Why else would he have all those tattoos? As Grandpa shares each tattoo with CeCe, they are transported to imaginative lands where they learn all the qualities a pirate should possess: A pirate must be BRAVE and QUICK, but also FUN and INDEPENDENT. And the most important thing is to believe in yourself, whether you’re a pirate or not. This fanciful, heartwarming story from Isaac Fitzgerald, founding editor of BuzzFeed Books and host of BuzzFeed News Twitter morning show #AMtoDM, is brought to life by New York Times bestselling illustrator Brigette Barrager in a vibrant, joyful expression of what it means to be… all kinds of wonderful things, including a pirate.

  2. Victricia Malicia - Victricia Malicia Calamity Barrett may have been born on her family’s pirate ship, but this mild-mannered young lady is sick of the sea: she’d much rather be ashore with her nose permanently buried in a book. But when Scylla the Serpent—the scourge of the sea—appears, quick-thinking Vic saves the ship by thunking the serpent on the head with her trunk full of books. For her bravery she is rewarded with the thing she wants most: a home on a little island. She opens a bookstore, and Landlubber Books becomes the pirates’ favorite port in a storm. As Carrie Clickard’s nimble, jaunty rhymes roll off the tongue like waves onto shore, children will delight in Victricia’s adventures while parents will relate to her family’s attempts to understand their unusual daughter. Victricia may not be a typical pirate hero, but she is the captain of her own destiny in this rollicking tale of self-determination, sticking to your dreams, and the joy of reading.

Books About Pirates and Monsters

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Hunt for the Octo-shark
Written by Michael Anthony Steele & illustrated by Pauline Reeves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
When the rest of the Nearly Fearless Monkey Pirates don't believe that octo-sharks are real, Captain Banana Beard insists they go on a hunt for the mythical creature. Will the crew discover anything more than trouble in this swashbuckling adventure?
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The Journey of Captain Scaredy Cat
Written by Jose Carlos Andres & illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Captain Scaredy Cat was the most daring of all pirates. Not long ago, and no one knows why, the captain started to be scared of everything –even of his shadow. A funny story to help us overcome fear. The pirates come back to a marvellous illustrated album. From the author of Carlota Wouldn’t Say Boo.
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The Dangerous Alphabet
Written by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Gris Grimly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A is for Always, that's where we embark . . . Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam. Will they find the treasure? Will they make it out alive?
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Too Many Dinosaurs, Pirates & Monsters book
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Monster Needs a Party book
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Treasure of the Golden Skull book
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Tank and Fizz: the Case of the Tentacle Terror book
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  1. Too Many Dinosaurs, Pirates & Monsters - There are monsters hiding on every page of this search and find book. Just flip the flaps to find them taking over a city, sailing a pirate ship, running with zombies, roaring with dinosaurs and even visiting an alien planet! The fun rhyming words and the search and find activity encourages word and picture association, which helps young children develop language and early reading skills. Can you find them all?

  2. Monster Needs a Party - Disappointed when none of his friends can attend his pirate birthday, Monster cheers up when he goes to a pirate theme park, instead.

  3. Treasure of the Golden Skull - Mildew and Sponge don’t think much of Maudlin Towers, the blackened, gloom-laden, gargoyle-infested monstrosity that is their school. But when they are told the school might close, our heroes realize being apart and somewhere else could be even worse! What starts out as a secret hunt for buried treasure quickly becomes weirder than Mildew and Sponge could ever have imagined. Who is that new boy who can get people to do whatever he wants just by looking them intently in the eye? (A hypnotist!) Why does that strange teacher have tattoos and a beard? (He’s really a pirate also looking for the treasure!) Could their heartbroken English teacher hold the key to this riddle of riddles? (Just maybe…) Most importantly, can Mildew and Sponge save the day – and the school – once more?

  4. Tank and Fizz: the Case of the Tentacle Terror - When valuable cargo ships vanish from Rockfall Mountain’s busiest port, crime-fighting goblin detective Fizz Marlow and his troll sleuthing partner, Tank Wrenchlin, know Dectective Hordish is going to need their help (whether he wants it or not). But it’s Tank’s mom, the harbor master who is really feeling the heat. It’s her responsibility to keep the harbor safe, and the lost ships quickly cost her her job. Determined to help, Tank, Fizz and their wizard pal, Aleetha, dive into this new mystery, only to get tangled up with a terror from below that takes the detectives far from home and puts them snout-to-snout with a band of vicious kobold pirates. The Case of the Tentacle Terror is the fifth book in the Tank & Fizz series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain.

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Books About Pirates and Imagination

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Peter Pan
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Adams
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
BabyLit is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature, and little ones will love Peter Pan: A BabyLit Adventure Primer. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and adorable illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, this book is a must for every savvy parent's nursery library. Collect all of the classic literature-inspired BabyLit primers!
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Captain Jack and the Pirates
Written by Peter Bently & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
The boys from King Jack and the Dragon are back in this swashbuckling pirate adventure with pictures by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Jack, Zack, and Caspar are building a ship—on the beach, out of sand. When they set sail on their imaginary adventure, Jack spies an enemy pirate ship nearby. They chase after the pirates, but a storm wrecks their ship and sweeps them up on a desert island. The island isn't totally deserted, though—their pirate enemies are there too. Just as the boys discover the pirates' treasure (an array of delicious desserts), the pirates (their parents) capture them. But these pirates are friendly—they're willing to share the treasure, and they throw in some ice cream just for good measure! Perfect for storytime read-alouds, this picture book is just right for fans of Three Bears in a Boat, How I Became a Pirate, and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
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Pirate Boy
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Julie Fortenberry
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
After reading his favorite book about a pirate boy, Danny wonders what would happen if he sailed away on a pirate ship. Luckily, his mother reassures him that she would find him, even if she had to swim on a dolphin, battle sea monsters, and wield a bottle of pirate-shrinking magic spray to do it! Young readers will love this adventurous and ultimately reassuring tale of a mother's love.
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Pirate Nap book
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Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean book
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Space Boy and the Space Pirate book
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Lit for Little Hands: Peter Pan book
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  1. Pirate Nap - Two brothers use their imaginations to turn their surroundings—from a white bandana and yellow coins to a red blanket and even their baby sister— into a colorful pirate adventure before naptime.

  2. Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean - From nonfiction powerhouse Steve Sheinkin comes a hilarious new fictional chapter book series about two kids who must persuade Abigail Adams to play her part in history after she tires of life as First Lady in the White House.

  3. Space Boy and the Space Pirate - Niko and his crew embark on an intergalactic adventure to the Planet Zorg, where Niko’s cousin Sasha is being held captive by a space pirate (who is actually Niko’s sister, Posh!). But when Niko and his crew charge in to the rescue, the girls do the unthinkable by capturing his ship and leaving him stranded far from Planet Home. Using his characteristic ingenuity and wit, Niko manages to take back control of his spaceship and his story. With a picture book format, comic book–style artwork, and humorous, simple text, Space Boy and the Space Pirate is both a thrilling adventure and a celebration of the power of pretend play.

  4. Lit for Little Hands: Peter Pan - “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” Join Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and the Darling children on their epic adventure! Filled with interactive wheels and pull-tabs, and lavishly illustrated, Lit for Little Hands: Peter Pan is an unprecedented kid’s introduction to J. M. Barrie’s beloved classic novel. Unlike many board books that tackle the classics, Lit for Little Hands tells the actual story in simple, engaging prose. Gorgeous and whimsical illustrations transport the reader to Neverland, while tons of interactive elements invite kids to help Peter catch his shadow, battle swashbuckling pirates, and, of course, fly! Fans of the novel will be delighted by the book’s attention to detail and clever use of original text and dialogue. And the book’s super-sturdy board means everyone can enjoy this tale over . . . and over . . . and over again! You’ll never have to grow up!

Books About Pirates and The Ocean

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A Pirate's Night Before Christmas
Written by Philip Yates & illustrated by Sebastià Serra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
On a ship of mischievous brigands--who have visions of treasure chests dancing in their heads--Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, pays a visit to the child-friendly pirates along with his eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly.
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Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck
Written by Brain Yanish & illustrated by Jess Pauwels
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Lily is no ordinary chicken. She dreams of a life off the farm, where she can put her grand plans into action. Her wish is granted when pirates recruit her and her fellow chickens and whisks them away to the open seas. Soon, Lily has taken charge and becomes captain of an allchicken crew as the feared chicken pirate Redfoot. But when Lily faces a mutiny, will she change her ways, or be forced to squawk the plank?
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Give Me Back My Bones!
Written by Kim Norman & illustrated by Bob Kolar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A silly pirate skeleton seeks to put its bones back together in this rhyming romp beneath the waves. Cast a spyglass 'round here while breakers curl and pound here. There's treasure to be found here -- I feel it in my bones! A stormy night at sea has uncovered some long-buried secrets and surprises. Is that the mast of a shipwreck? A faded pirate hat? And what's that hiding in the sand? A mandible and a clavicle, phalanges and femurs, a tibia and a fibula -- could there be a set of bones scattered across the ocean floor? And who might they belong to? A jaunty rhyme takes readers on an underwater scavenger hunt as a comical skeleton tries to put itself back together piece by piece. Make no bones about it: this rollicking read-aloud will have young ones learning anatomy without even realizing it.
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Rufus Goes to Sea book
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How to Survive as a Shark book
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Captain Barbosa and the Pirate Hat Chase book
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Come Away from the Water, Shirley book
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  1. Rufus Goes to Sea - When school lets out for the summer, Rufus Leroy Williams III, a determined pig who loves to read, decides to become a pirate.

  2. How to Survive as a Shark - Ahoy, me mateys! Upset your Mom swam away after you were born? Cry me an ocean. You’ve got ME to show you the ropes! Well, at least until I get a craving for baby shark. Swim along and I’ll teach you how to hunt using all six senses (a whole sense more than a human), why you can NEVER stop moving (blimey, no - not even to sleep!), and what your most dangerous threat is (here’s a hint: those sneaky landlubbers don’t even live in our waters!). Aye, me hearties, learning How to Survive as a Shark is not as easy as it sounds! How to Survive as a Shark provides a unique take on fish science that will entertain and educate in and out of the classroom. Full of opportunities for extended learning, this book includes fun facts hidden throughout the hilarious illustrated story – and after, a glossary of important terms and some real photos of great white sharks. If you’ve ever wondered how to think and swim like a shark, and you like to laugh while you learn, this book is for you!

  3. Captain Barbosa and the Pirate Hat Chase - In this wordless graphic novel, Captain Barbosa sails the seven seas with his trusty shipmates: a fly, an alligator, and an elephant. A seagull steals his treasured hat, and Barbosa and his crew give chase through a nasty storm. When Barbosa reaches the seagull’s island, he finds the hat―along with a nest of baby seagulls―and decides even pirates can forgive and forget.

  4. Come Away from the Water, Shirley - While her parents bask in their beach chairs and utter familiar, though inappropriate, warnings, Shirley embarks on a series of thrilling, imaginative escapades

Books About Pirates and Transportation

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Nadya Skylung and the Masked Kidnapper
Written by Jeff Seymour & illustrated by Brett Helquist
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Nadya Skylung paid a high price when she defeated the pirates on the cloudship Remora- She lost her leg. But has she lost her nerve too? When Nadya and the rest of the crew of the cloudship Orion reach the port of Far Agondy, they have a lot to do, including a visit to Machinist Gossner's workshop to have a prosthetic made for Nadya. But though the pirates are far away across the Cloud Sea, Nadya and her friends are still not safe. A gang leader called Silvermask is kidnapping skylung and cloudling children in Far Agondy. When Nadya's friend Aaron is abducted, Nayda will stop at nothing to save him and the other missing kids, and put a stop to Silvermask once and for all.
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It's Not a School Bus, It's a Pirate Ship
Written by Mickey Rapkin & illustrated by Teresa Martinez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
**A boy overcomes his first-day-of-school fears by imagining _It's Not a School Bus, It's a Pirate Ship_! Set sail on the high-seas with him in this picture book adventure by writer Mickey Rapkin and illustrator Teresa Martinez!** The first day of school means the first ride on the school bus. But who will I sit with? What if no one talks to me? Luckily this isn’t a school bus, it’s a pirate ship! And this crew has one motto: “One for all and all for FUN!” So set sail on a voyage across the high seas! And prepare to make some pirate buddies along the way in this adventure about overcoming your anxiety. **An Imprint Book** Praise for _It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine_: “_Where the Wild Things Are_ meets _Harold and the Purple Crayon_ with an imagination that's brand new...These are illustrations that deserve to be explored again and again.” ―_Kirkus Reviews_ “Dreamlike...the simple story and colorful illustrations successfully combine to spark readers’ imaginations.” ―_School Library Journal_
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Death by Airship
Written & illustrated by Arthur Slade
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Prince Conn will never be king. And that’s just fine with him. He’s ninth in line for the pirate throne and is quite happy to sail the skies in his airship with his crew of cheery misfits, plundering as they go. But one by one his siblings are being murdered, in tragic fires, violent cannon attacks or mysterious poisonings. Soon all fingers are pointing toward Conn as the mastermind. To prove his innocence, Conn must make his way to Skull Island, navigating his airship through a gauntlet of villains, explosions and betrayals. Can he reach his father’s kingdom before it’s too late? Or will he suffer the same fate as the rest of his family?
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Happy Holidays, Pirates book
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Go, Go, Pirate Boat book
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  1. Happy Holidays, Pirates - Does Santa deliver presents to pirates? When a dastardly-looking pirate crew discovers that there’s a kindly old man who delivers presents to all people who behave themselves, the pirates decide to clean up their act! This joyous, rhyming story along with the irresistible lift-the-flap elements on each page make this the perfect holiday read you can revisit any time of the year. The large size, delightfully detailed illustrations, and witty story make this book an ideal holiday gift. Sturdy thick board pages with rounded corners will make this treasure last forever.

    • Winner of the 2019 IPPY Bronze Award for Children’s Interactive Books and the 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Bronze Medal in the Lift-the-Flap Category!

  2. Go, Go, Pirate Boat - Little pirates will have endless fun with this vibrant board book that’s set to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat! Go, go, pirate boat, Across the salty sea, Raise the anchor, hoist the sail, It’s a pirate’s life for me. Join two seafaring pirates and their captain on a nautical adventure to find a treasure chest. Add to that a text that is read aloud to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat and you have a book that will be enjoyed time and time again!

Books About Pirates and Magic

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First Stories: Peter Pan
Written & illustrated by Miriam Bos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Push, pull, and slide the scenes to bring the classic story of Peter Pan to life. "Second star to the right and straight on till morning!" First Stories: Peter Pan is a perfect introduction to this classic tale. Push, pull, and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce all the main characters: Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, The Lost Boys, and Captain Hook. This well-loved fairy tale is beautifully imagined for a new generation by illustrator Miriam Bos.
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The Voyage to Magical North
Written by Claire Fayers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Twelve-year-old Brine Seaborne is a girl with a past--if only she could remember what it is. Found alone in a rowboat as a child, clutching a shard of the rare starshell needed for spell-casting, she's spent the past years keeping house for an irritable magician and his obnoxious apprentice, Peter. When Brine and Peter get themselves into a load of trouble and flee, they blunder into the path of the legendary pirate ship the Onion. Before you can say "pieces of eight," they're up to their necks in the pirates' quest to find Magical North, a place so shrouded in secrets and myth that most people don't even think it exists. If Brine is lucky, she’ll find her place in the world. And if she's unlucky, everyone on the ship will be eaten by sea monsters. It could really go either way.
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Pirates Past Noon
Written by Mary Pope Osborne & illustrated by Sal Murdocca
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
It's a treasure trove of trouble! Jack and Annie are in for a high-seas adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps—and ruthless pirates! Will they discover a buried treasure? Or will they be forced to walk the plank?
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The Unsinkable Walker Bean book
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Beauty and the Dreaded Sea Beast book
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The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon book
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  1. The Unsinkable Walker Bean - In order to save his ailing grandfather from a curse, boy inventor Walker Bean must return an accursed pearl skull to the witches who created it, and face pirates, magical machines, and deadly peril along the way.

  2. Beauty and the Dreaded Sea Beast - When Beauty’s father is swept overboard from their ship, The Rose, just as they are being attacked by a sorcerer-pirate and his crew of living skeletons, Beauty jumps in to save him, and is immediately scooped up by a surprisingly friendly Kraken; she offers to remain with him if he finds and saves her father, but as she explores the pirate’s island she finds a treasure and a book of spells—which may hold the key to turning the Kraken back into a prince (or at least a human).

  3. The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon - SHIPWRECKED! After their perilous encounter with the sea-witches, Walker and the pirate crew of the Jacklight find refuge on a deserted island. But it might not be as deserted as it seems—shadowy creatures have been spotted in the jungle, and strange animal tracks appear overnight. When Walker, Shiv, and Genoa discover a secret passage and mysterious ruins, the dark history of the archipelago begins to unravel. Legend tells of a mad king, a fallen civilization, and a powerful royal family in search of their lost sister. And for reasons Walker can’t understand, Genoa seems to be at the center of it all. In this triumphant follow-up to the epic graphic novel The Unsinkable Walker Bean, Aaron Renier is back with more breathtaking art and high-sea adventure.

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Epilogue

14 books that are just too good to leave off of our pirates list.
Pirate Jack Gets Dressed book
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The Great Drain Escape book
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Pirates Don't Drive Diggers book
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Treasure Island book
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  1. Pirate Jack Gets Dressed - Ahoy, matey! Join jaunty pirate Captain Jack as he uses every color of the rainbow to pick out his outfit in this bright and bold read-aloud. It’s the crack o’ dawn, and dapper Pirate Jack is ready t’ get dressed for a day out on the high seas with his motley crew. He’ll need every color of the rainbow to make his outfit complete—from his itchy gray long johns and his toasty pink socks to his bright red sash and his cozy purple coat. And he won’t be forgettin’ his black eye patch and trusty brown peg leg, either! But just as he’s about to step outside, he realizes he’s still missing one color: green! Thank goodness a certain feathered friend is ready to jump from her swing and onto his shoulder to complete his colorful look. Squawk!

  2. The Great Drain Escape - A band of tiny squash-bucklers go on adventures of epic proportions in this second book in a brand-new chapter book series about pocket-sized pirates! In the junk shop at the end of the street is a dusty old ship in a bottle. And when the world isn’t watching, a tiny pirate crew comes out of the ship to explore. They aren’t much bigger than a matchstick, but they have a HUGE appetite for adventure! When the junk-shop dog moves in underneath the Pocket Pirates’ shelf, their route to the kitchen is blocked! The noise of rumbling stomachs is keeping everyone awake, and their last few stale breadcrumbs won’t keep them going long. Do they dare to go…OUTSIDE?

  3. Pirates Don't Drive Diggers - Digger-mad Brad is not cut out for a pirate’s life, instead he dreams of life on a building site. When the Salty Dog sets sail, can he prove to Captain Blood that pirates do drive diggers after all? A rip-roaring rhyming pirate tale for those digger-loving scallywags out there!

  4. Treasure Island - Ahoy, me hearties! Join Jim Hawkins as he sails the open seas searching for treasure and learning shapes along the way in Treasure Island: A BabyLit Shapes Primer. Spy the OVAL of Long John Silver’s eye patch, the TRIANGLES in the sails of The Hispaniola, and the CROSS that marks the spot of lots o’treasure! But watch your back because dead men tell no tales.

Battle of the Pirate Bands book
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Pirate's Twelve Days of Christmas book
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The Secret of Pirates' Hill book
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Prince and Pirate book
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  1. Battle of the Pirate Bands - Pirates from across the seven seas are gathering for the greatest of pirate competitions. But when the prize trophy is stolen, the Monkey Pirates are framed as the thieves. Can the crew clear their nearly-fearless names? A glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts round out this exciting adventure story.

  2. Pirate's Twelve Days of Christmas - Ahoy mateys Christmas be comin, and even pirates celebrate! In this sly, high-seas reimagining of The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a brave cabin boy receives marvelously mysterious gifts for 12 days. But who are they from? With a lively sense of fun and rhythm, Philip Yates and Sebastia Serra create a delightful world all their own.”

  3. The Secret of Pirates' Hill - In a series of hair-raising adventures both on land and undersea the teenage brother detectives pit their wits against some of the most ruthless criminals they have ever encountered. It all starts when Frank and Joe are skin diving just for fun and the thrill of exploring the undersea world. Suddenly, deep in the waters that flow near the foot of Pirates’ Hill, a mysterious skin diver fires a spear through Frank’s air hose. From this moment on, danger is never far away. The very lives of the boys are at stake as they, along with the help of their pals, uncover a mystery involving an old Spanish cannon and a fabulous sunken treasure.

  4. Prince and Pirate - When two little fish with big personalities have to share the same tank, there are rough seas ahead! Prince and Pirate are proud masters of their very own fishbowls, and life goes along swimmingly—until they’re scooped up and plopped into shared waters. Prince is horrified to find this cheeky cod trespassing in his kingdom. Pirate is sure this scurvy sea slug has come to plunder his treasure. Thus, a battle of regal sneers, seaworthy stink-eyes, and off-the-hook insults begins.
    Prince and Pirate’s hilarious duel for territory will elicit gales of giggles, hearty guffaws, and heartfelt smiles. Just when it seems their struggle might end in a silly stalemate, a little surprise convinces them to find a way to get along—swimmingly.

Pirates Don't Take Baths book
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Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell: A Storybook Adventure book
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Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates book
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The Pirate Ghost book
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  1. Pirates Don't Take Baths - This perfect story for bathtime is now available as a board book! For any young child (or pig), there are few things more excruciating, more traumatic, more torturous than bathtime. And this little pig is putting his hoof down. No. More. BATHS. But how can he possibly accomplish this? Well, by being someone else, of course. After all, everyone knows that pirates, astronauts, and knights in shining armor–just to name a few–never, EVER take baths. Now if only he can convince his mother . . . This humorous story is the perfect choice for kids and parents who know all too well the never-ending struggle of bathtime.

  2. Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell: A Storybook Adventure - From the author/illustrator team behind The Snatchabook comes a book-filled adventure on the high seas! Nell is finally a pirate! And she has her trusty Pirate’s Almanac to help her sail the seas, even if Captain Gnash doesn’t like books on his ship. But when the journey gets rough and the captain is in trouble, it’s Nell and all her pirate knowledge that saves the day and leads them to the greatest buried treasure of all…

  3. Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates - A fun and clever picture book retelling of Goldilocks—with pirates! Once upon a seaworthy sloop lived three pirates: the big, pilfering Papa, the medium-sized, menacing Mama, and the small, bonny Baby, a pirate-in-training. They were excellent pirates, but not very good housekeepers, so their gruel wasn’t tasty, their stools weren’t sturdy, and their hammocks weren’t hung properly. Luckily for them, Goldenlocks happened along when they were out for a row in the harbor. April Jones Prince’s rollicking text and Steven Salerno’s swashbuckling paintings make Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates a first-rate adventure and a spirited take on Goldilocks.

  4. The Pirate Ghost - Detective brothers Frank and Joe work to uncover a pirate ghost hoax in the seventh book in the interactive Hardy Boys Clue Book series. The Hardy Boys are super excited when their friend Jason Wang wins the “Talk Like a Pirate Contest” at Bayport’s annual Pirate Palooza. Jason’s prize is a map to the legendary pirate, Captain Scurvydog’s buried treasure. Expert detectives Frank and Joe offer to help him find it. But the next day, Jason tells the brothers that he won’t be doing any treasure hunting. He says the ghost of Captain Scurvydog has been haunting him; his parrot is singing pirate songs he’s never been taught, pirate coins appeared on his windowsill, and there’s a mysterious note in a bottle warning Jason to stay away from buried treasure. To Jason, the message is clear: stay away from Captain Scurvydog’s booty! Frank and Joe don’t believe in ghosts. They’re sure someone is tricking Jason so they can dig up the buried treasure themselves. The only question is, who?

Shiver Me Timbers! book
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Pocket Bios: Blackbeard book
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  1. Shiver Me Timbers! - A rollicking collection of pirate poems and illustrations features a motley assortment of scoundrels, scalawags and scurvy mates who engage in battles, treasure hunts and favorite pirate meals. By the award-winning author of Comet, Stars, the Moon and Mars.

  2. Pocket Bios: Blackbeard - A colorfully illustrated, pocket-size picture book biography of the notorious English pirate Blackbeard. Blackbeard, born Edward Teach, was a notorious and much-feared English pirate who famously conquered and captained the Queen Anne’s Revenge and prowled the seas around the West Indies and the eastern coast of Britain’s North American colonies. Rather than ruling through force and bloody intimidation, it’s believed that Blackbeard largely let his fierce image and reputation drive his success. Pocket Bios are full of personality, introducing readers to fascinating figures from history with simple storytelling and cheerful illustrations. Titles include men and women from history, exploration, the sciences, the arts, the ancient world, and more.

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