Book Suggestions for Talk Like a Pirate Day

I’m running late with my Monthly Recommendations post (September’s topic is Science Fiction), but seeing that today is Talk (or is it Speak?) Like a Pirate Day brought to mind a short list of fun pirate-y reads.  So, here are just a few enjoyable books with pirates:

princessbrideThe Princess Bride by William Goldman is a very fun read and is the basis for one of my favorite movies.  The Dread Pirate Roberts inspires fear throughout Florin, but the reader/viewer knows he is suave, smart, and quite handsome behind his black mask.  I only wish there was a continuation of the Dread Pirate’s story.


The Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding begins with Retribution Falls.  This quartet of futuristic tales feature a ragtag crew of a small time pirate-ish airship, with elements that evoke a bit of a steampunk vibe while being reminiscent of another favorite, the TV/movie/graphic novel world of Firefly and Serenity.  I’ve only read the first two books, so far, and plan to read the final two as soon as possible.  Don’t be too surprised if you see these on my Monthly Recommendations list for this month.

And for younger readers (though adults might find them to be quite fun, too), here are a few more suggestions:


Tales of the Pirate Gospel by Andrew Moody is subtitled “A Somewhat Free Retelling of the Gospel of Mark” and is exactly what it says on the tin.  The Gospel of Mark retold in pirate-ese.  If you are wanting something to read that is overtly and completely pirate, without getting too salty for little ears, this is a fantastic choice.  (I previously reviewed this ebook)


Warren the 13th: The All Seeing Eye written by Tania del Rio, illustrated by Will Staehle is full of the unexpected.  Warren is a toad-like young orphan who works as a bell-hop in his family’s hotel.   He is in for quite the adventure as he makes a new friend and works to unravel the mystery before his evil witch of an aunt.  Along the way he meets a pirate, various treasure hunters, and a bona-fide Perfumer.  (I received a copy of Warren the 13th from the publisher to be featured on my Instagram.)


Tough Boris by Mem Fox is one of my favorite picture books and stars the very scary, gruff, and nasty pirate Boris.  Along with the narrative of the story about how awful (though not completely) Boris is, and all pirates are in general, is a visual story of a young stowaway.  Kathryn Brown’s illustrations are a great accompaniment to what is one of the most fun read-aloud picture books on my bookshelf.

So, there ye have it, matey.  Five pirate-y books I would recommend for Talk Like a Pirate Day or any other day you just want to spend a bit of time, safely, with a pirate.

What about you?  What is one of your favorite books about, or including, pirates?




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