The Best Picture Books about Pirates!

shelved under Children's Books

Kids love pirates, and there are a lot of pirate books out there, but the ones below are each special in a unique way.


Tough Boris

by Mem Fox, illustrated by Kathryn Brown

A perfectly-told wordless story that shows the tender side of a very tough pirate.


How I Became a Pirate

by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

Jeremy sails off with pirates and has a great time, but also realizes the downsides with pirate life — told with humor and David Shannon's great illustrations.


Edward and the Pirates

by David McPhail

This story is not only about pirates, but also about the power of reading and imagination.


Come Away From The Water, Shirley

by John Burningham

Shirley has all kinds of (imagined?) pirate adventures while her parents issue boring warnings from the beach; the contrast is perfect.