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Pirates

Ahoy there, me hearties! It’s time to jump aboard our pirate ship for some swashbuckling fun as we chart a course across the seven seas for there’s treasure to be found ahead! Within the covers of these 25 perfect pirate picture books you’ll find gold aplenty but beware the Captain doesn’t make you walk the plank!

 

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25 Perfect Pirate Books for Kids

As with all of the lists in our best books for kids collection, each title includes linked to Amazon and The Book Depository (these are affiliate links) where you can find reviews and age recommendations for those you are not personally familiar with.

 

Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
Grab your peg leg and your parrot—and don’t forget the underpants! This wacky picture book pairs pirates and underwear in an uproarious adventure. This laugh-out-loud Underpants adventure is full of pirates, sharks, and treasure. You’ll be yo-ho-ho-ing with hilarity until the pirates conclude their zany expedition!
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
Meet the Jolley-Rogers — a pirate family who is moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, while they fix up their ship. This unusual family soon has the whole neighborhood gossiping. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda becomes friends with young pirate Jim Lad. When the Jolley-Rogers return to sea, the town realizes that they were wrong to assume the worst when it is discovered that the pirates have buried treasure in everyone’s yard. The neighbors are thrilled, but Matilda is sad to have lost her new friend, until she discovers her own treasure — a pen pal!
The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
A mysterious old pirate tells a tavern of salty seadogs about an island bursting with hidden treasure. But once they set sail, he also mentions that it is guarded by the terrible Pirate Cruncher. When the pirates’ greed gets the better of their fear, there’s a big surprise in store!
Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings us a fun, epic sea adventure with Captain Pete in Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map! Includes over 30 fun stickers. When Captain Pete discovers a treasure map, he and his crew are ready to set out and sail the seas to find the buried gold and jewels. But they weren’t expecting to find a giant sea monster along the way!
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
Pirates have green teeth—when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view. So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: “Pirates don’t tuck.” A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.
Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
When the pirate crew turns up at Jeremy Jacob’s house and accidentally wakes his baby sister, that wee scallywag howls louder than a storm on the high seas. Sure, there’s buried treasure to be found, but nobody’s digging up anything until Bonney Anne quits her caterwauling. So, quicker than you can say “scurvy dog,” Braid Beard and his swashbuckling pirates become . . . babysitters? Blimey!
Pirate’s Perfect Pet by Beth Ferry
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
Big, brave Captain Crave can check off most items on the handy Be Your Best Buccaneer checklist. He has a pirate ship, an eye patch, courage and daring, and more. Only one thing is missing: Captain Crave doesn’t have a pet. Arrr! Shuck me an oyster and set sail for land! The captain and his crew race and chase critters of every size and shape, from the beach to a farm to the zoo to a pet shop, causing a commotion wherever they go. But just when all seems lost, the search party stumbles on the most perfectly perfect pet for Captain Crave. Has he finally met his match? Aye-aye!
Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
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!”
Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow
Available: The Book Depository
A fun counting book for little pirates, told in engaging rhyme and with fun illustrations.
Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
“What if I want to be a pirate and sail away on a pirate ship?” Danny asks his mom. She will be sad; but if Danny doesn’t like it and wants to go home, she will come to the rescue, even if she has to ride on a dolphin, battle sea monsters, and wield a bottle of pirate-shrinking spray to do it! Young readers will love this adventurous and ultimately reassuring tale of a mother’s love.
Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
The captain of this brave and bumbling pirate crew has ordered them to capture the entire alphabet–and they’ll walk the plank if they’re missing a single letter! Now these swashbuckling mateys are embarking on an alphabet adventure unlike any other, and they won’t (ahem, can’t) rest until they’ve found an A, a Z, and everything in between. June Sobel’s hilarious text and Henry Cole’s adventurous animal pirates harmonize in an irresistible book for alphabet-learning, pirate-loving kids everywhere.
The Treasure of Pirate Frank by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
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!
Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
Ferocious Captain Firebeard and the crew of the Horrible Haddock rule the high seas. But the dastardly pirates meet their match when they kidnap a small, feisty girl called Molly as she sails the seas to visit her granny!
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
When Flinn discovers a pirate hiding in the school supply closet, it’s all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure! Captain Stubble needs Flinn’s help to find his stolen ship, but there are some mean pirate dinosaurs on the loose, and Flinn and his friends soon sail into trouble.
Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers by Alex English
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
A very funny, rhyming story about a boy who always wanted to drive a digger, but is destined to be a pirate like his dad.
Goodnight Pirate by Michelle Robinson and Nick East
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
Getting ready for bedtime has never been so much fun! In Goodnight Pirate, kids say goodnight to everything from parrots to spyglasses to crow’s nests, because it’s time for rest.
The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
A fun, rhyming pirate story about the night Tom joined a ship of girl pirates on an adventure to plunder the adult pirate’s treasure.
Tough Boris by Mem Fox
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
All pirates are tough and mean and greedy, aren’t they? While the text of this is simple and shares the story of a tough pirate named Boris von der Borch, the illustrations tell a deeper story of a young boy who sneaks onto the pirate ship to get his violin back and for a short while becomes part of the crew.
Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository

When Pirate Pete hears the Queen has discovered a treasure map, he must have it. With the map in hand, Pete and his parrot hit the high seas, destined for the X that marks the spot. Along the way, however, Pete cannot pass up a chance to plunder gold. He sets ashore at Candy Island, Clover Island, Sleepy Island, and Dragon Island. But where is all the gleaming booty?
Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
In this new adventure, Pete has a wonderful new ship, but no crew. But not just any crew will do. One by one Pete interviews his potential crew, and one by one they get the boot! Whoever will he find to help him sail the high seas? A hilarious and fun-to-read-aloud book that will have every child talking like a pirate.
How To Be a Pirate by Sue Fliess
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
Little landlubbers get to earn their sea legs on a pirate ship amidst the goofiest pirates ever. There’s lingo to learn (Gangway! Blimey! Yo-ho-ho!), a pirate look to choose (Pick a parrot for your arm. Every pirate’s lucky charm!), and most importantly, pirate rules to learn (No more toothpaste! Farewell, bath! Once ye choose the pirate path!)
Let’s Be Pirates by Roger Priddy
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
LINK: https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Travelers-Pirates-Pop-Up-Pirate/dp/0312519028?tag=childh101-20
A great book for your tiniest pirate, they will love this interactive journey complete with a letter to read outlining the quest, a fold-out treasure map and a fabulous pop-up pirate ship.
Pirates Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime by Marcie Wessels
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
Yo, ho, ho! It’s bedtime! But this little swashbuckler will do anything to avoid going to sleep! Read along as he stalls for time—searching for peg-legged Captain Teddy, stowing his toys in the ship’s treasure chest, and even playing a game of walk-the-plank!
There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
A fun twist on the There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, this old pirate swallows a fish, a bird, a map, some gold, and even a whole pirate ship! Will the Old Pirate sink to the bottom of the deep, dark sea? Yo ho ho! Watch his belly grow!
Everything I Know About Pirates by Tom Lichtenheld
Available: Amazon | The Book Depository
A very tongue-in-cheek, quite silly look at all there is to know about pirates and their habits. Great for independent readers who are keen pirate lovers.
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