The children in my class loved learning about Pirates and going on a treasure hunt around the school. The books in this Pirates Themed Booklist for kids made the week so much more enjoyable. I hope you and your kids will love it too!
Pirates Themed Booklist for kids
Pirates Love Underpants! by Claire Freedman
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 Pirate-Cruncher, by Jonny Duddle
Captain Purplebeard and his crew of cut-throat pirates are off to find an island packed with treasure! But could their greed be leading them into some monstrously big trouble?
Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map
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 David Shannon
When a pirate ship sails by, young 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.”
Pirates Don’t Change Diapers, by David Shannon
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!
The Pirates Next Door, by Jonny Duddle
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 JolleyRogers 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.
Pirate’s Perfect Pet, by Beth Ferry
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!
Ten Little Pirates, by Mike Brownlow
A fun-filled rhyming story, which incorporates counting backwards from ten to one, that is great to share with young children who are learning about numbers.
The Pirate Boy, by Eve Bunting
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!
Shiver Me letters, by June Sobel
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
The Treasure of Pirate Frank, by Mal Peet
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!
Captain Jack and the Pirates, by Peter Bentley
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!
Molly Rogers pirate Girl, by Cornelia Funke
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 to visit her granny. But Molly refuses to cower in fear. She knows something the pirates don’t – the real pirate to fear is none other than Molly’s own mum, and she won’t be pleased to find her daughter kidnapped!
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, by Giles Andreae
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….Will fearless Flinn be able to captain the ship and defeat the pirate dinosaurs?
Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers, by Alex English
Digger-mad Brad is not cut out for a pirate’s life. Instead he dreams of life on a construction site. When the Salty Dog sets sail, can he prove to Captain Jack that pirates do drive diggers after all?
Goodnight Pirate, by Michelle Robinson
Follow along in this bedtime book perfect for high seas adventure-loving kids as you say “night night” to everything from parrots and spyglasses to the crow’s nest as you settle in for rest. No need for a treasure map to know that bed marks the spot for enjoying this cozy pirate story.
The Night Pirates, by Peter harris
One night, young Tom is awoken by noises outside his house. He peeps out of the window and what should he see but PIRATES. And stranger still – they’re GIRL PIRATES stealing the front of his house! Tom joins their pirate adventure across the high seas to an island where some rather lazy and silly grown-up pirates are guarding their treasure. But not very successfully. Tom and the girl-pirates make a surprise attack and are soon off on the seas once more with the treasure!
Tough Boris, by Mem Fox
Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate–tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? When a young boy sneaks onto Boris’s ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren’t quite what he expected.
Pirate Pete’s Potty, by Ladybird
Even pirates use the potty! Follow Pirate Pete on his potty training adventure and press the sound button to cheer him along!
Everything I know About Pirates, by Tom Lichtenheld
Pirates will often carry their knives in their mouths, although the practice is frowned upon by the American Dental Association.
Let’s Be Pirates, by Roger Priddy
Go on an adventure with Tiny Travelers Jack, Ella, Noah, Izzy, and their cat, Lucky, as they set sail on the high seas to find the buried treasure!
Pirates Lullaby, by Marcie Wessels
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
There was an old pirate . . . who swallowed 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!
How to Become a Pirate, by Isaac Fitzgerald
CeCe dreams of being a pirate. When the neighborhood boys tell her that she can’t, she wonders where to begin. Luckily, she suspects her grandpa must know something about being a pirate–why else would he have all those tattoos?
Pirate Pete’s talk Like A Pirate, by Kim Kennedy
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