A list of picture books for pirate lovers.

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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
Giles Andreae

E 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?


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Fluffy: Scourge of the Sea
Teresa Bateman

E BATEMAN

Hearken to the swashbuckling tale of Fluffy, a pampered poodle whose pleasure cruise is interrupted by a band of scurvy pirate pooches. Fluffy will need to summon up all of his canine charms if he hopes to avoid the plank and have the pirates eating out of his paws. Hilarious art brings the motley crew to life.


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Pirate Pete
Lynne Benton

ER BENTON

Pirate Pete receives a mysterious map…what treasure will he find if he follows it?


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Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium
Calef Brown

E BROWN

Illustrations and rhyming text invite readers to explore a shop that provides everything a privateer, mutineer or buccaneer might want in the way of high-quality pirate gear, from clothing to classes in smuggling molasses.


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Pirates of the Sea!
Brandon Dorman

E DORMAN

Cap’n Bones and his crew face sharks, a sea serpent and more as they follow a map toward a real treasure.


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The Pirate Cruncher
Jonny Duddle

E DUDDLE

A mysterious old pirate lures a group of rowdy sailors to an island with buried treasure, but there is a surprise awaiting them when they get there.


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The Pirates Next Door
Jonny Duddle

E DUDDLE

When a pirate family moves into her quiet seaside town during ship repairs, young Matilda defies the edicts of the gossiping adults in the community to befriend young pirate Jim Lad, in a story that features themes about acceptance and first impressions.


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Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings
Douglas Florian

E FLORIAN

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.


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Pirates at the Plate
Aaron Frisch

E FRISCH

Teams of pirates and cowboys, including such figures as Blackbeard and Wild Bill, inject rowdy adventure into America’s pastime in this story about baseball and the imagination of youth.


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Pirate Girl
Cornelia Funke

E FUNKE

Ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard THINKS that he and the ruthless crew of the “Horrible Haddock” rule the high seas. But Firebeard and his band meet their match when they kidnap a small but feisty girl named Molly.


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No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou
Rhonda Gowler Greene

E GREENE

Big Pirate Pete’s treasure map has led him to Seabreezy Library, where Library Lou must convince him that the true treasure is in the books.


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Papa Is a Pirate
Katharina Grossmann Hensel

E GROSSMANN-HENSEL

Is Papa really a pirate? Does he really sail to faraway islands and find hidden treasures and tame sea monsters? And what about your papa? Does he really spend all day at the office? Is his chin sometimes prickly? Does he sometimes smell like the sea?


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Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story
Bill Harley

E HARLEY

Dirty Joe and his pirate crew terrorize the seven seas in their quest for dirty socks, but they meet their match in Stinky Annie, whose favorite loot is pilfered underwear.


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Twenty-six Pirates: An Alphabet Book
Dave Horowitz

E HOROWITZ

A rhyming alphabet book is chock full of fun as 26 mischievous pirates head to Captain Frogbeard’s ship—from Arty to Zach, the Pirates of the Alphabet are the most colorful crew on the high seas!


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Class Three at Sea
Julia Jarman

E JARMIN

In this sequel to Class Two at the Zoo, students in Class Three are going to sea! The see dolphins, sea lions, flying fish, and an octopus that’s all knotted up. What they don’t see is the pirate ship sneaking up behind…


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Gulliver Snip
Julia Kay

E KAY

Take one adventurous little boy and one bathtub, put them together, and you’ve got—Captain Gulliver Snip and his clipper ship! Gulliver sails his marvelous ship in search of high seas. Though it’s not all smooth sailing for this intrepid explorer.


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Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate
Kim Kennedy

E KENNEDY

In search of a crew, Pirate Pete and his parrot look for “stanky scallywags” who possess certain conversational skills.


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Pirate Pete's Giant Adventure
Kim Kennedy

E KENNEDY

What’s a pirate without his trusty ship? A sea-fairy promises Pete a ship of his own if he can return the Sea-Fairy Sapphire to the sea. The only problem is that the sapphire is on Thunder Island—and it isn’t alone!


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Pirate Pete
Kim Kennedy

E KENNEDY

As Pirate Pete and his trusty parrot sail the seas in search of gold and booty, they have a hard time tracking down the jackpot.


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Pirate Treasure
Loretta Krupinski

E KRUPINSKI

When a gale wind drives the pirate ship Daisy upriver, Captain Oliver and his first mate, Rosie, decide to settle in the small village of Mousam and live as farmers.They soon discover that learning how to grow grain is easy compared to trying to make friends, especially with their pirate reputations.


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I Love My Pirate Papa
Laura Leuck

E LEUCK

A pirate’s son shares the things he loves about his father, including climbing the mast together to yell “Land ho” and sharing the booty when they find buried treasure.


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Pirates Don't Change Diapers
Melinda Long

E LONG

Braid Beard and his pirate crew return to retrieve the treasure they buried in Jeremy Jacob’s backyard, but first they must help calm his baby sister, Bonney Anne, whom they awoke from her nap.


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How I Became a Pirate
Melinda Long

E LONG

When Braid Beard’s pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, he jumps right on board thinking that pirate life will be great, but when he finds out that pirates don’t get bedtime stories or tucking in at night, he reconsiders the decision.


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Backbeard: Pirate for Hire
Matthew McElligott

E MCELLIGOTT

Backbeard may have a new suit, but he is still one of the orneriest, smelliest, and hairiest pirates ever to sail the high seas. And his crew still likes to smash and steal things—they just prefer to do it in style. Unfortunately, certain members of the Pirate Council don’t think he looks piratey enough in his new garb, and since they are just as stubborn as Backbeard, it’s their way or the waterway.


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Backbeard and the Birthday Suit: The Hairiest Pirate Who Ever Lived
Matthew McElligott

E MCELLIGOT

Sure, pirates are rough and tough and stinky. But after one particularly rowdy birthday party, even Backbeard must admit that it’s time for him to buy a new suit.


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Captain Abdul's Little Treasure
Colin McNaughton

E MCNAUGHTON

KABOOM! Who could be a-disturbin’ Captain Abdul’s beauty sleep firin’ cannons? No, it’s not an attack on his raucous pirate ship, The Golden Behind. It’s a special delivery – a Little Treasure, to be exact, sent courtesy of Mrs. Abdul, who’s off on a pirating jaunt of her own.


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The Pirate's Eye
Robert Priest

E PRIEST

After losing his glass eye, pirate Captain Black is at a loss. Not far away, Sandpiper, a pauper, finds a shiny, round object in the road. Peering through what appears to be a glass marble, Sandpiper is amazed by what he sees.


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Uncle Pirate
Douglas Rees

JE REES

It’s not every day that a pirate—and his talking penguin—show up at the front door! But that’s exactly what happens when Wilson’s long-lost uncle comes to live with his family.


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Pirates vs. Cowboys
Aaron Reynolds

E REYNOLDS

A scurvy pirate crew, led by Burnt Beard, finds trouble when they try to hide their treasure in Old Cheyenne and have a bit of trouble communicating with Black Bob McKraw, terror of the Wild West, and his posse.


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Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC
June Sobel

E SOBEL

With the captain bellowing orders at his crew, the pirates know that they have to find all the letters of the alphabet and quick in order to please their leader and keep themselves from having to walk the plank!


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Peg Leg Peke
Brie Spangler

E SPANGLER

Peke, an adorable little Pekingnese, has a boo-boo. But when he uses his imagination, he’s no longer a pup with a broken leg, he’s a pirate with a peg leg on the high seas! Can he find the buried treasure?


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This Little Pirate
Philemon Sturges

E STURGES

This little pirate spied the island. This little pirate saw the rocks. This little pirate dropped the anchor. And this little pirate found the box.


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Pirates, Ho!
Sarah L. Thomson

E THOMSON

We are pirates, pirates, ho! Swashbuckling pirates sail the seas, braving storms, battles and, other pirates! From the first mate down to the cabin boy, they are rascals through and through. But at night, by the light of the moon, they tell each other ghost stories and guess who ends up being scared?


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There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish
Jennifer Ward

E WARD

This variation on the traditional, cumulative rhyme looks at the consequences of a pirate’s strange diet.


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No Bath, No Cake!: Polly's Pirate Party
Matthias Weinert

E WEINERT

Delighted to be invited to a little girl’s birthday party, a motley band of pirates is advised by their parrot to clean up well before attending, a recommendation that results in bubbly baths, new clothes and a present for a birthday girl who, surprisingly, prefers messy pirates.


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The Skeleton Pirate
DAVID LUCAS

E LUCAS

Defeated by an unruly bunch of pirates who throw him overboard, a once-fearsome pirate is rescued by a mermaid only to be swallowed by a whale who suffers from indigestion because of a treasure-laden ship in its tummy.


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