The Dark Frigate




The Dark Frigate

by Charles Boardman Hawes

Age: 12+

Interests: ships, pirates, adventure, action, violence, travel, history, British history More


Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

by Ursula Moray Williams

originally published by George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1938

253 pp. – 19 chapters

Age: (read to) 4+ ; (independent reading) 7+

Interests: horses, toys come to life, travel, adventures, pirates, circus

by the same author: Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat, The Further Adventures of Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse


Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter


Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter

Richard Platt, text

Chris Riddell, illustrations

Candlewick Press: Cambridge, MA, 2001

112 pp.

Age: 9+

Interests: pirates, history, sailing, ships, adventure, ocean

Also by this author and illustrator: Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess

Also by this illustrator: Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”


The Great Piratical Rumbustification

The Great Piratical Rumbustification & The Librarian and the Robbers

Margaret Mahy, text

Quentin Blake, illustrations

J.M. Dent & Sons, 1978

2 stories: 41 and 18 pages

Age: 6 +

Reading Level: 8 +

Interests: pirates, parties, robbers, libraries, humour

Also by this author: The Dragon of an Ordinary Family, A Lion in the Meadow, The Seven Chinese Brothers, The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate


Small Saul

BLUE SPRUCE nominee – 2012

Small Saul

by Ashley Spires

Toronto: Kidscan Press, 2011

32 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: pirates, adventure, travel, ships, ocean, being unique, trying to fit in

Also by this author: Binky the Space Cat


How I Became a Pirate

How I Became a Pirate

by Melinda Long

illustrated by David Shannon

Orlando: Harcourt, 2003

34 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: pirates!, ships, ocean, adventure, soccer

Also by this author and illustrator: Pirates Don’t Change Diapers

Also by this illustrator: No, David! (Diaper David series), A Bad Case of Stripes, Alice the Fairy


Pirate Girl

Pirate Girl

Cornelia Funke, author

Kerstin Meyer, illustrator

New York: Scholastic, 2003

30 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: pirates, strong girls, ocean, boats

Also by this author: Inkheart Trilogy, Picturebooks: The Princess Knight, The Wildest Brother, Princess Pigsty More

Top 5: Pirates (for Preschoolers)

Just because your preschooler is interested in pirates doesn’t mean you should be plugging in The Pirates of the Caribbean! (Unless they are fearless enough to really be a pirate.) Here are some terrific pirate movies and books for the younger set…


1. Peter Pan (1953) – 4+          (on amazon)

2. Muppet Treasure Island (1996) – 4+          (on amazon)

3. Return to Never Land (2002) – 4+          (on amazon)

4. Treasure Island (1950) – 5+          (on amazon)

5. Captain Blood (1935) – 6+          (on amazon)


1. Captain Pugwash, by John Ryan – 3+          (on amazon)

2. Come Away From the Water, Shirley, by John Burningham – 3+          (on amazon)

3. The Pirate and the Penguin, by Patricia Storms – 3+          (on amazon)

4. How I Became a Pirate, by Melinda Long – 4+          (on amazon)

5. Pirate Girl, by Cornelia Funke – 5+          (on amazon)

More on pirates to come. I’m collecting titles for a comprehensive Pirate Overview…

Captain Pugwash: A Pirate Story

by John Ryan

London: Bodley Head, 1957

32 pp.

Age: 3 +

Interests: pirates, ships, ocean, treasure

Sequels: Pugwash Aloft (1960), Pugwash and the Ghost Ship (1962), Pugwash in the Pacific (1963) – and many more


The Serpent Slayer; and Other Stories of Strong Women

retold by Katrin Tchana

illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2000

109 pp. – each individual story averages about 6 pages

Age:  5 + (some stories suitable for 4)

Interests: folk tales, princesses, pirates, fairy tales, magic, other cultures

Other books by this illustrator: St. George and the Dragon, Rapunzel


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