Shiver me Timbers! Pirate titles in Overdrive!!

Ahoy there! We have some great pirate titles for you in Overdrive to inspire you to join our Bookaneer Read-a-thon! Yarr! Sign up now!!

Are You a Pirate Captain? by Gareth P. Jones

First Mate Hugh has the whole crew and the pirate ship ready, but they can’t set sail until they find a captain! Come on this swashbuckling adventure as Hugh and his scurvy sea dogs try to find the perfect pirate for the job. Rather than a peg leg or a hook, it turns out that what their captain needs is the brains to lead! End pages adorned with lively pirate songs make this book a seaworthy tale from beginning to end!

Beware Pirates by Frieda Wishinsky

In Beware, Pirates!, the debut title in the Canadian Flyer Adventures series, friends Matt and Emily discover the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic. The magic sled transports them back to the year 1577 where they find themselves aboard Martin Frobisher’s ship, The Aid. Adventure beckons, and Emily and Matt are happy to follow. Until, that is, they encounter a crew of pirates! Author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Dean Griffith’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about pirate ships, Nunavut, and Martin Frobisher, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

Explore Like a Pirate by Michael Matera

Are you ready to transform your classroom into an experiential world that flourishes on collaboration and creativity? Then set sail with classroom game designer and educator Michael Matera as he reveals the possibilities and power of game-based learning. In Explore Like a Pirate, Matera serves as your experienced guide to help you apply the most motivational techniques of gameplay to your classroom. You’ll learn gamification strategies that will work with and enhance (rather than replace) your current curriculum and discover how these engaging methods can be applied to any grade level or subject.

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

In 1751, after the untimely deaths of his parents, Scotsman David Balfour, the 17-year-old protagonist and narrator of Stevenson’s classic adventure yarn, travels to his father’s childhood home to meet with his uncle, Ebenezer. Instead of a warm welcome, Ebenezer pays the captain of a pirate ship to kidnap his nephew and transport him to America. On board, David meets dashing Highlander Alan Breck Stewart, and together they manage to take over the ship, beginning a friendship that continues through several land-based adventures. One of these involves witness (and escaping blame for) a murder. Scottish actor Rintoul does an amazing job of delivering a bouquet of brogues—including David’s mild-mannered narration, his uncle’s croaky, angry snarl, and Alan Stewart’s almost musical, supremely confident pronouncements.

The Pirate and the Pig by Frank Rodgers

“Stop that soppy snivelling!” yelled Billy Blackheart. “It’s time for a dip!” Captain Peg-Leg Doubloon and Matey the pig are best friends. And best friends stick together – especially when the black-hearted crew of the Jolly Rotter decide to mutiny… A delightful and heart-warming tale of friendship and bravery.

Meet Zarina, The Pirate Fairy by Disney

Read along with Disney! Zarina is a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy who dreams of creating different colors of pixie dust. After she causes an accident that destroys the Dust Depot, she leaves Pixie Hollow to continue her experiments…and become a pirate! Follow along with the word-for-word narration in this illustrated leveled reader based on the new animated Disney Fairies movie.

Pirate Diary by Richard Platt

Curious about life on a pirate ship? Climb aboard this account of adventure on the high seas as told by a feisty nine-year-old carpenter’s apprentice, circa 1716. Historically accurate illustrations of ship and crew, a map of Jake’s travels, and a detailed glossary and index vividly reveal the fascinating—and harsh—life of a pirate in the eighteenth century. Ships ahoy!

Pirate Island Treasure by Marilyn Helmer

Charlotte and her brother, Jacob, are thrilled to head off on an adventure in their grandpa’s boat, The Seawind. As they set sail for Pirate Island, they look forward to a day of beachcombing, playing pirates and storytelling. There are plenty of great treasures to be found, but Charlotte, who can be very bossy, is having trouble sharing with Jacob. When Charlotte accidentally loses one of Jacob’s best finds, a piece of driftwood that looks just like a pirate’s cutlass, it’s the final straw. Feeling horrible for upsetting her brother, Charlotte is determined to set things right.

Pirate Pups by Nickelodeon Publishing

Set sail with the rescue pups from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol as they search for lost pirate treasure! Kids ages 2 to 5 are sure to love this all-new, full-color book. This Nickelodeon Read-Along contains audio narration.

Pirate, Viking and Scientist by Jared Chapman

In this tale of a classic friendship conundrum, a determined little boy won’t rest until he proves his theory that you really can have more than one best friend!

Pirate is friends with Scientist. Scientist is friends with Viking. Pirate and Viking are NOT friends. What will Scientist do? Use his brain, of course! Scientist forms a hypothesis, conducts an experiment, observes his results, and tests his subjects again and again until he discovers the perfect formula for friendship.

No Pirates Allowed by Rhonda Gowler Greene

At Seabreezy Library, things were just right. / Booklovers were cozy. The sky was blue-bright / when—Shiver me timbers!—through Seabreezy’s door / stormed big Pirate Pete and his parrot, Igor! Argh!! Things are looking—and smelling!!—a little fishy at Seabreezy Library. When the big X on Pirate Pete’s treasure map leads him and his parrot-sidekick Igor to believe buried treasure is hidden at the library, the patrons are quaking in their shoes. But never fear! Library Lou, Seabreezy’s librarian-extraordinaire, is as cool as a cucumber and knows how to handle an irate pirate or two. She knows exactly where the treasure is buried. But first she needs to help Pirate Pete and Igor get a handle on their hygiene, brush up on library etiquette, and then tackle learning their letters. And that will lead them to the treasure that can always be found at the library.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (and novel study guide)

Perhaps Stevenson’s best-known work, this adventure novel set in the eighteenth century is inspired by the actual exploits of pirate Captain Kidd and the search for his buried treasure. For pure imaginative delight, Treasure Island is unsurpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins meets the blind pirate Pew at the Admiral Benbow inn, to the spirited battle for hidden treasure on a tropical island, the novel spawns unforgettable scenes and characters that have thrilled young and old for more than a century.

Stevenson’s romance is noted for its swift, clearly depicted action, its memorable character types—especially of Long John Silver—and its sustained atmosphere of menace. A story of a classic battle between good and evil, it illustrates one young boy’s rite of passage into the dangerous world of mature responsibilities.

Reviews by Overdrive

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