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Ahoy, Mateys! National Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19.
Celebrate all things pirate with these fun picture books.

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Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy
As Pirate Pete and his trusty parrot sail the seas in search of gold and booty, they have a hard time tracking down the jackpot.


How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
Jeremy Jacob joins Braid Beard and his pirate crew and finds out about pirate language, pirate manners, and other aspects of their life.

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Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman
Pirate stew! Pirate stew! Pirate stew for me and you! Pirate stew! Pirate stew! Eat it and you won’t be blue. You can be a pirate too!

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Bad Pirate by Kari-Lynn Winters
Barnacle Garrick is bold and saucy and selfish. And for a pirate captain, that’s good, very good. And his crew are all scurvy sea dogs–selfish down to the last fleabitten scuttle-butt. And that’s good too. But Augusta Garrick is shy, polite, and selfless. For a pirate, that’s bad, very bad. Despite her father’s horrible example, the sea pup can’t stop helping out. It just might take one terrible storm, a ripped sail, a missing peg leg and a panicked crew before Augusta can prove that being selfless is a bold and saucy move after all. And that’s good, very good indeed.

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The Treasure of Pirate Frank by Mal Peet
A boy and his dog set sail in search of treasure, braving stormy seas, snowy mountains, and other challenging obstacles, before finally reaching the end of their quest: the treasure of Pirate Frank.

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There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward
This variation on the traditional, cumulative rhyme looks at the consequences of a pirate’s strange diet.

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Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck by Brian Yanish
Barnyard chicken Lily realizes her dream of becoming a pirate but when she turns into the feared Redfoot, her crew stages a mutiny and Lily may have to “sqawk the plank.”

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The Pirate Who Said Please by Timothy Knapman
Cut-throat Jim is a young pirate king who learned the hard way the importance of being courteous

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Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime by Marcie Wessels
A little pirate stages a mutiny to avoid bedtime.

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Shiver Me Letters: a Pirate ABC by June Sobel
Having decided that R is not enough for them, a bumbling band of pirates sets sail on a quest to capture the rest of the alphabet.

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My Granny is a Pirate by Val McDermid
When a family secret about Granny is revealed, we discover all about Pirate Granny’s fiercesome reputation and her swashbuckling ways, from making other rogueish pirates walk the plank to singing sea shanties to her dog Jolly Roger.

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Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting
As Colin imagines himself in a series of adventures beginning with joining a pirate crew, his mother assures him that she will always be there to help if he needs her.

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Pirate Jamboree by Mark Teague
Pirates Blackbeard Johnson and his brothers, Eyepatch Sue, and others sail over to Peg Leg Jones’ for a happily chaotic pirate jamboree–until the S.S. Clean Your Room (otherwise known as Mrs. Jones) arrives and playtime is definitely over.