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Pirates - November 2005

Selected and annotated by Tiffany Torbeck


Brown, Jo. Pirate Jam. McGraw Hill Children's Publishing, 2003. Ages 6-9 years.
Fredbeard and Little Jim have been thrown out of pirate school! But they find a way to make a living off the old things in their shed.

Cannon, A. E. Let the Good Times Roll with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe. Viking Children's Books, 2004. Grades 1-3.
Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe have to find the Pirate Queen, but what does that have to do with disco and bowling?

Cannon, A. E. On the Go with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe. Viking Children's Books, 2002. Grades 1-3.
Get to know Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe by going with them to the market, going to buy a ship and finding a new parrot.

Fox, Frank G. Jean Laffite and the Big Ol' Whale. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003. Ages 5-9 years.
How would you get a whale out of the mighty Mississippi? Jean Laffite will have to come up with a solution in this tall tale.

Funke, Cornelia. Pirate Girl. Chicken House/Scholastic Press, 2005. Ages 5-7 years.
Who is more feared on the high seas than Captain Firebeard? Molly's mom, that's who! This book will teach you not to mess with the pirate girl.

Kimmel, Eric A. The Erie Canal Pirates. Holiday House, 2001. Ages 6-9 years.
The Erie Canal Pirates get quite a fight when they take on a mail ship. Watch out for Niagara Falls and for Ole Frank the mule!

Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Bubble Bath Pirates! Viking Children's Books, 2003. Ages 3-6 years.
Who knew bubble baths were full of such swashbuckling fun? Watch as two sneaky pirates brave the bubble bath.

Lamm, C. Drew. Pirates. Hyperion Books for Children, 2001. Ages 5-8 years.
Max and Ellery sit down to read a book, but get closer to the characters than you expect.

Laurence, Daniel. Captain and Matey Set Sail. HarperCollins Children's Books, 2001. Grades 1-3.
Captain and Matey are best friends, although they don't see eye to eye. They disagree on naming the parrot and how to spend the treasure, but they are still friends through all their disagreements.

Lawrence, Iain. The Buccaneers. Random House Children's Books, 2001. Grades 5-9.
John's father warns him not to make his first voyage to the West Indies, but John does not listen. Instead, he sets sail, picks up a stranded pirate and his crew mistakenly lands on an island known for only two things: buried treasure and buccaneers!

Lichtenheld, Tom. Everything I Know about Pirates: A Collection of Made-up Facts, Educated Guesses, and Silly Pictures about Bad Guys of the High Seas. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2000. Grades 3-6.
This comical book will teach you the finer points of pirate manners, fashion, flags, vocabulary, and lifestyle in general. Also, find out how to select your own pirate name!

Long, Melinda. How I Became a Pirate. Harcourt, 2004. Ages 4-7 years.
Jeremy Jacob is recruited to help bury treasure, but will he like living as a pirate with no manners, no baths and no good night kisses?

McNeil, Florence. Sail Away. Orca Book Publishers, 2000. Ages 4-7 years.
This courageous captain prepares his ship for departure with his stuffed animal crew. There is also a pirate dictionary included to explain their work.

Platt, Richard. Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter. Candlewick Press, 2001. Grades 3-6.
To get the facts on pirate life, this book will teach you about ships, sea monsters, Spanish raids, and storms on the sea. This book includes great facts about real pirate life complete with a glossary.

Schotter, Roni. Captain Bob Sets Sail. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2000. Ages 3-6 years.
Captain Bob is the bravest and best captain that ever sailed the soapy seas. See how he conquers the rough ocean, escapes his enemies, and arrives safely back at the shaggy shore.

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