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Books About Pirates That Allow Kids to Sail on a Sea of Adventure in 2019

Ready to sail towards adventure? Aye, captain!

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-‘Argh, matey! Come join us in a wicked adventure against the ever-treacherous sea to take us far away into the lands of adventure, excitement, conquest, and plundering of treasure. The x marks the spot, there we shall find glorious riches and dead-defying ordeals only the brave will conquer and from which tales will be told for eternity!’

-‘Aye! If only I knew how to read. I would re-live those adventures over and over again!’

Pirates and piracy correspond to a time known as the great age of discovery. Where the Earth seemed younger, full of wonders and mysteries and the powers of the time scrambled to claim them for themselves.

Among them, pirates emerged as rebels. Lawless sailors seeking their own riches in a free-for-all world that left us with some memorable tales full of adventures. Like the ones depicted in these pirate books written specifically for kids.

#1 Happy Holidays, Pirates: Lift-the-flap Book by Clever Publishing

Happy Holidays, Pirates: Lift-the-flap Book by Clever Publishing
This lift-the-flap story book features a crew of unexpectedly endearing pirate characters sure to entertain children and parents alike! Bountiful surprises, a rollicking and joyous story, and a pirate’s trove of hidden treasures under each flap make for a truly memorable holiday experience. A popular pirate theme coupled with the interactive lift-the-flap format makes the book a special treasure for young readers who love to play as they read. The entertaining format helps children develop hand-eye coordination, curiosity and emotional intellect. The large size, padded cover, delightfully detailed illustrations, and witty poems make this book an ideal holiday present.

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#2 How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
A great read, especially for those who love Where the Wild Things Are! The main character, Jeremy Jacbos, decides to set sail with a group of pirates and become just like them, until he discovers that pirates don’t have all the things he wants in life. The illustrations by Caldecott Winner, David Shannon, are sure to keep you and your children enjoying every page flip of this book!

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#3 Great Pirate Christmas Battle by Michael Lewis

Great Pirate Christmas Battle by Michael Lewis
I have a series of rhyming pirate picture books featuring Cap’n McNasty and the crew of the ship Knotty List. There are three books in the series with a 4th due next year. I’ve performed readings at over 200 author events and was the first visiting author to visit an impoverished school on the Turks and Caicos Islands

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#4 Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean

Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean
This book was written and illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and artist, James Dean. Kids love stories about treasure hunting with cute artwork and that’s what Pete the Cat offers. The best part is – it even includes 30 stickers so your child can have fun with sticker time!

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#5 Pirate Pups! (Paw Patrol) by Golden Books

Pirate Pups! (Paw Patrol) by Golden Books
Which child doesn’t love Paw Patrol? It gets even better when combined with a story about lost pirate treasure! Taken from a full length episode, this book is long enough for older kids to read themselves yet still entertaining if you read it to your younger kids. This pirate book is perfect for kids who are obsessed with Paw Patrol, and even those who just love adorable cartoon characters in general!

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#6 The Bossy Pirate by John Steven Gurney

The Bossy Pirate by John Steven Gurney
It’s mutiny on the high seas in this light-hearted lesson in playing well with others. When Salty Jack pretends his bedroom is a pirate ship, his friends help him tie ropes to serve as rigging and sheets to serve as sails. Crewmates Scallywag Sanjay and Barnacle Bob hoist the sails, and soon the friends are cruising past flying fish and secret caves. But their daring adventure goes to the dogs when Captain Salty Jack barks out too many orders and Millie the Mermaid abandons ship, setting an example for the rest of the crew. When Jack discovers it’s not as much fun playing alone, he must figure out a way to get his friends back. Children will discover, along with Captain Jack, that an adventure can be even more thrilling when everyone is allowed to share their creative ideas, and even steer the ship.

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#7 Pirates Next Door by Iain Shaw

Pirates Next Door by Iain Shaw
A beautifully illustrated, unusual buccaneering tale suitable for all children, full of entertaining rhymes.

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#8 The Pirate’s Children by Michael Lloyd

The Pirate's Children by Michael Lloyd
Through the blend of fact and fiction, this engaging story opens the door to a unique way of life on the sea and ships in the 17th century.

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#9 Fierce Pierce: A Pirate’s Tale by Emma Coray

Fierce Pierce: A Pirate's Tale by Emma Coray
In this intriguing rhymed tale, a brave pirate sets off for a dangerous adventure!

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Contributors to this article
Amanda Blott from Clever Publishing

Brooke Van Sickle from Journey to KidLit

Michael Lewis from LewisBooks

Madeline Ong from Legend Age Lipstick

Shawn Lim from Astreem

Harrison Lutz from Schiffer Publishing

Francesca Poggi from Austin Macauley

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