5 Great Pirate Books for Kids

Ahoy matey! Walk the plank to some interactive, adventure-filled family reading with these 5 great pirate books for kids. In each book, we’re looking for a great story, engaging illustrations & text that’s fun to recite out loud.


Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman. Silly kids will love this silly book filled with underpants, pirates, sharks, and treasure.

Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel. This book is extra great for kids 0-2. The captain of the crew has ordered the pirates to capture the entire alphabet--and they'll walk the plank if they're missing a single letter.

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long & David Shannon. Jeremy Jacob sees a pirate ship while building a sand castle on the beach and adventure ensues. Jeremy learns the ins & outs of pirate life - and what it’s missing. Take note of the rich illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon.

A Year on a Pirate Ship by Elizabeth Havercroft. Imagine a year living on a pirate ship. Pirates set sail, attack a merchant ship and become shipwrecked in a huge storm.

Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke. Ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard thinks that he and the 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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Valerie Schimel