A toy pirate ship

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto (Puffin)
This is the first in a series featuring little boy Captain Flinn and his adventures battling a band of pirate dinosaurs.

Come Away From the Water, Shirley by John Burningham (Red Fox)
Fantastic picture book that tells the story from both the point of view of the child and the parent. Shirley goes on an exciting imaginary adventure despite her mum’s worries and warnings.

Class Three All at Sea by Julia Jarman and Lynne Chapman (Hodder)
A school trip goes terribly wrong when the class comes under attack from pirates. Fortunately an octopus comes to the rescue.

Discovering Pirates by Richard Platt and S. Boni (Red Kite Books)
This book is for older children but has wonderful illustrations and is full of information about the life of a pirate.

How to be a Pirate by Sue Fliess and Nikki Dyson (Random House)
A band of pirates show some children what pirate life is like.

Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates by Timothy Knapman and Adam Stower (Puffin)
Mungo jumps into his favourite storybook, ending up in the middle of a pirate adventure.

My Granny is a Pirate by Val McDermid and Arthur Robins (Orchard)
Rhythmical, rhyming picture book about a granny’s secret identity as a ruthless pirate.

On a Pirate Ship by Sarah Courtauld and Benji Davies (Usborne)
Aimed at very young children, this book gives a simple overview of what life on a pirate ship would be like.

Pirate Pete by Nick Sherratt (Walker)
Interactive ‘pop-in-the-slot’ storybook, where the children choose cut-outs and slot them into the pictures, thereby changing the story each time they read it.

Pirates by Catriona Clarke (Usborne Beginners)
Simple information book with good quality pictures and interesting facts.

Pirates (Know It All) by Philip Steele (Franklin Watts)
Information book with a lot more detail. Better for older children but a good information source.

Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster)
Another in the ‘underpants’ series; this time pirates go on a quest to find the Pants of Gold.

Port Side Pirates! by Oscar Seaworthy and Debbie Harter (Barefoot Books)
Comes with a sing-a-long CD and includes pirate facts at the back.

See Inside Pirate Ships by Rob Lloyd Jones and Jorge Muehle (Usborne)
Detailed lift-the-flap information book which looks at the history of pirates from ancient Greece to the 18th century.

Skullabones Island picture books by Richard Dungworth and Sharon Harmer (Ladybird)
Series of rhyming stories featuring Captain Cutlass and his crew of child pirates.

Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty (Orchard)
Picture book counting rhyme.

The Night Pirates by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright (Egmont)
A band of girl pirates go on a night time adventure to steal treasure from real grown up pirates.

The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle (Templar)
Story written in the style of a rhythmical, rhyming sea shanty. A mysterious fiddler leads a pirate crew to a treasure island and almost certain death.

The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar)
The quiet town of Dull-on-Sea is rocked by the arrival of the Jolley-Roger family.

Tim, Ted & the Pirates by Ian Whybrow and Russell Ayto (HarperCollins)
Story time at school suddenly becomes a little bit too realistic when the classroom fills with water and Tim and Ted end up on a pirate adventure.

Yo Ho Ho! A Pirating We’ll Go by Kaye Umansky and Nick Sherratt (Puffin)
Five little pirates go sailing on an adventure in search of treasure before teatime.