Talk Like a Pirate Day: Picture Books for Young Buccaneers
If you're looking to teach the youngest members of your crew a few new words for Talk Like a Pirate Day, or if they're fans of pirates and on the hunt for a new bedtime story, look no further.
Backbeard by Matthew McElligott
Rebecca recommends the adventures of Backbeard, “one of the orneriest, smelliest, and hairiest pirates ever to sail the high seas.” Backbeard stars in two books that will tickle the funny bones of even the most grumpy pirates.
Bubble Bath Pirates! by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Kelly’s daughter always gets a giggle out of the story of two boys who love playing pirates in and out of the bathtub. Sentences are simple and swoops across the pages as they introduce new words for talking like a pirate.
Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime by Myra Wolfe, Illustrations by Maria Monescillo
Charlotte Jane, a girl who loves swashbuckling, has lost her “oomph” because she refuses to sleep at night. Kelly loves all of the pirate vocabulary and beautiful illustrations, not to mention the tough little Charlotte Jane.
Disney’s Peter Pan by RH Disney, Illustrations by Al Dempster
The classic Walt Disney’s Peter Pan is a staple in Sarah’s home. Kids who love Jake and the Neverland Pirates will enjoy discovering the original adventures of Peter Pan as he foils Captain Hook.
Victricia Malicia: Book-Loving Buccaneer © Flashlight Press
Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke, Illustrations by Kerstin Meyer
Amy is a fan of a few pirate picture books, but declares Pirate Girl as her favorite. “Cornelia Funke has created an awesome girl-power book in a boy-centric genre,” says Amy.
Pirate Pete’s Potty by Andrea Pinnington
Watch out on the poop deck, it’s time for potty training! Sophie checked Pirate Pete’s Potty out of the library for potty training help with her son, and he liked the tale.
Sheep on a Ship by Nancy E. Shaw, Illustrations by Margot Apple
Andrea recommends Sheep in a Ship, recalling that her children adored this rhyming adventure (and the companion books like Sheep on a Jeep) when they were little.
Victricia Malicia: Book-Loving Buccaneer by Carrie Clickard, Illustrations by Mark Meyers
Cathe endorses the tale of Victricia Malicia Calamity Barrett, who is not a perfect pirate. In fact, she loves to — gasp! — read. This book is filled with rhymes, “pirate vernacular,” and eye-catching illustrations.