Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th! This can be a fun thing to celebrate with children because they often are fascinated by things like pirates (in the storybooks). To kick off the pirate fun in the classroom, you can’t go wrong with some great pirate-themed activities and read alouds. These pirate books for kids provide fun, clean, silly entertainment and are great to have in your collection!
*Pair with our Ocean Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten!
Pirate Books for Kids
Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
This pirate crew is in charge of capturing the entire alphabet! If they miss a letter – they have to walk the plank! This is a fun alphabet adventure and perfect for young learners who are exploring and learning letters!
The Pirates Next Door by Johnny Duddle
The Jolly Rogers is a pirate family who is moving into a town while they fix up their ship. They are the talk of the town, but little Matilda befriends the young pirate Jim Lad anyways. This is a great story to teach that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about people. In the end, the town realizes they were wrong about the pirates when they find treasure buried (by the pirates) in their backyards!
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
Jeremy Jacob claims that one day, while he was playing on the beach, a pirate ship sailed up and taught him everything he needed to know about pirates! This fun book has bright, vivid illustrations and incorporates some fun pirate vocabulary, making it an entertaining read for all!
There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward
This is a fun twist on the “There Was an Old Lady” series! This pirate eats all sorts of pirate themed things including a map and gold!
Do Pirates Take Baths? by Kathy Tucker
This is a silly, fun book that any pirate fan will love! The illustrations are bright and colorful, and you learn all sorts of “facts” about pirates – even the question that is on all of our minds… do they take baths?
Pirates Go to School by Corinne Demas
I love this book because it rhymes and it is great, silly fun! What happens when pirates and their parrots go to school? The day is different, that’s for sure!
A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates
Have a little early seasonal fun with this fun pirate themed story! Similar to the style of “The Night Before Christmas” this story tells the tale of what pirates are thinking and wishing for on Christmas Eve! There also isn’t a Santa Clause or Saint Nick in this story, but rather a Sir Peggedy with a peg leg and hook arm, who drives 8 seahorses! This twist on a classic tale is a great read aloud for young pirate fans!
Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy
This story is perfect for Talk Like a Pirate Day! Pirate Pete has a great ship, but no crew! He must interview several candidates. They must have lots of qualities, but most of all, they have to talk like a pirate!
Have other pirate books for kids that you love? I would love to add them to my list! Leave a comment and let me know!
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