Pirates: Chapter Books For Kids

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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!

Peter Powers and the Swashbuckling Sky Pirates! book
#1
Peter Powers and the Swashbuckling Sky Pirates!
Written by Brandon T Snider and Kent Clark and 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.

The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! book
#2
The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo!
Written by Stephen Bramucci and 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?

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince book
#3
Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince
Written by Liz Kessler and 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?

The Great Drain Escape book
#4
The Great Drain Escape
Written and illustrated by Chris Mould
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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?

Race to the Bottom of the Sea book
#5
Race to the Bottom of the Sea
Written and 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?

  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. 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. 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?

  4. 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.

Scallywag on the Salish Sea book
#10
Scallywag on the Salish Sea
Written by Sara Cassidy and 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?

The Journey to Dragon Island book
#11
The Journey to Dragon Island
Written by Claire Fayers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Reaching the edge of the world can’t stop the crew of the Onion! It’s westward ho in search of dragons, no matter the obstacles. And there are obstacles. Flesh-eating vines, violent locals, and mischievous magi—not to mention Marfak West’s ghost—meet the pirates when they land on the Western Island, where a volcano threatens to end them all. Together, Brine and Peter might just be able to save the crew, the island, and themselves. Or they might all go up in flames. It really could go either way.

Long Fin Silver book
#12
Long Fin Silver
Written by Davy Ocean and illustrated by Aaron Blecha
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Harry Hammer looks for the lost treasure of Long Fin Silver, the greatest pirate of the deep seas, in this ninth Shark School (mis)adventure.

Harry Hammer can’t believe his luck! He and his family are going on vacation to Treasure Reef, home of The Lost Treasure of that dastardly, long-ago pirate Long Fin Silver. Legend has it that Long Fin buried the Black Blood Pearl, the most valuable and beautiful gem in the history of the ocean. Harry and his pesky cousin Harvey are on the hunt for treasure, but they best beware of where they look, as they’re about to come fin-to-fin with the spooky spirit of Long Fin Silver himself!

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones book
#13
The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Written and illustrated by Will Mabbitt
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Mabel Jones finds herself aboard the Feroshus Maggot—a ship crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you’d (never) want to meet. She then has to find pieces of an X-shaped puzzle that in her hands could be her ticket home, but in the hands of Captain Split, they’d give him the power to assemble a pirate militia to take over London!

The Voyage to Magical North book
#14
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.

  1. Shivers!: The Pirate Book You've Been Looking For - Shivers, the pirate who’s afraid of everything, is back in his third laugh-filled, illustrated adventure from Story Pirates stars Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White. Can Shivers and his friends cure the curse cast by the most pungent ghost of all time, Quincy Thomas the Pirate? Now that Shivers has a brand-new, just built, scare-proof ship, the Groundhog, things have FINALLY taken a turn for the cozy. There’s just one problem—not a SINGLE drop of water can fall on the ship’s deck for its whole first day a-sail or the pirate who owns it will be CURSED. There’s just one more problem—on Shivers’s first night on the ship, there’s the biggest thunderstorm since ol’ Davey Jones opened his locker for the first time. Now guess who’s about to get cursed? With his best friend, Margo, and loyal fishmate, Albee, to pull him up by his bunny slippers, Shivers and his fellow buccaneers belly flop into another adventure filled with soggy socks and posh poodles to sniff out the pungent ghost of Quincy Thomas the Pirate to cast off the curse before he stinks up the Groundhog’s poop deck for all of eternity! It’s another hilarious highly illustrated adventure from the Story Pirates themselves and stars of KidLitTVs’ “The Truth About Libraries,” Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White.

  2. The Ministry of SUITs - Memo: For Ministry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things Operatives Only A series of strange incidents have been reported in Belfast:

    1. Oddball kids are going missing
    2. There are several unconfirmed signs of pirates.
    3. A wild bear known to be a very sore loser at musical statues has escaped from the museum and is on the rampage.
    Fortunately, our newest recruits, Jack Pearse, a curious boy skilled at logical thinking and seeing what’s actually there, and Trudy Emerson, the most dangerous girl in his school, are on the case. As per Ministry policy, they are currently being trained in the use of The Speed (patent pending) and will have full access to Ministry supplies (assuming they manage to navigate the paperwork without going insane), so we are confident that they will succeed in their mission to discover and foil this villainous plot. Please provide all assistance possible, as A) they don’t know who they are actually up against, B) the world is much stranger than they realized, and C) they are only 12 and have to be in bed by 10 p.m. P.S.—Could all Ministry operatives who have borrowed dinosaurs in the past two weeks please return them? We’re running low on inventory. A thrilling and hilarious middle grade story, The Ministry of SUITs by Paul Gamble gives its readers a silly, but oddly thoughtful adventure they surely won’t forget. But the wackiness doesn’t end here at all—it all continues in the sequel, The Monster’s Daughter.

  3. The Jolly Regina (the Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters Book 1) - In the spirit of A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters stars Jaundice and Kale Bland—two sisters who avoid excitement at any cost. Instead, they eat tasteless oatmeal, rarely venture into bright sunlight, and read only Dr. Snoote’s Dictionary, because storybooks are just too thrilling. Together, they await the return of their parents, who left for an errand years ago and have never come back. One day, a knock on the door leads to the Bland sisters’ kidnapping by an all-female band of pirates—but this is only the beginning of their escapades. Filled with Roald Dahl-esque humor, hilarious high jinks, and swashbuckling, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina will appeal to middle-grade readers looking for an anything-but-bland adventure.

  4. The Twisted Claw - A series of museum thefts launch the Hardy Boys on this baffling mystery. Rare collections of ancient pirate treasure are being stolen, so Frank and Joe are asked to stake out the Black Parrot, a suspicious freighter docked in Bayport Harbor. This whirlwind chase after a self-styled pirate king in the Caribbean stronghold of the Empire of the Twisted Claw makes a gripping tale of suspense and high adventure.

The Unsinkable Walker Bean book
#19
The Unsinkable Walker Bean
Written and illustrated by Aaron Renier
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-14

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.

The Great Cheese Robbery book
#20
The Great Cheese Robbery
Written and illustrated by Chris Mould
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A band of tiny squash-bucklers go on adventures of epic proportions in this start to 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 a band of mice kidnaps Jones, the ship’s cat, and ransoms him for cheese, the Pocket Pirates spring into action. But to get the cheese, they must venture to the freezing cold place where it’s always winter…the place called Fridge. Can the Pocket Pirates survive their perilous journey and get their ship’s cat back?

The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon book
#21
The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon
Written and illustrated by Aaron Renier
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-14

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.

The Secret of Pirates' Hill book
#22
The Secret of Pirates' Hill
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

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