Best Children's Books About Alligators and crocodiles

26 Children's Books About Alligators and crocodiles

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
A Girl and Her Gator book
#1
A Girl and Her Gator
Written by Sean Bryan and illustrated by Tom Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

One day, a girl discovers an alligator on her head and, although she is afraid her friends will laugh, the 'gator soon convinces her that she can still give her brother a scare, eat an eclair, and choose anything to wear as long as he is there.

A Frog in the Bog book
#2
A Frog in the Bog
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Joan Rankin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

From the bestselling author of "Bear Snores On" comes this hilariously illustrated story that teaches young readers the concept of counting from one to five and back again. Full color.

The Christmas Crocodile book
#3
The Christmas Crocodile
Written by Bonny Becker and illustrated by David Small
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From Caldecott-winning illustrator David Small and bestselling author Bonny Becker, an unforgettable Christmas story that will leave the whole family giggling. When Alice Jayne finds a crocodile under the tree on Christmas Eve, her family goes into an uproar! The Christmas Crocodile doesn't mean to be bad, not really, but soon he is eating up Christmas--from the dinner roast to the left stove-top burner...even the Christmas tree! Everyone has an opinion about what to do with him. Uncle Theodore suggests they send him to Africa, Father recommends the zoo, and Aunt Figgy mentions an orphanage. But Alice Jayne thinks the Christmas Crocodile deserves a real family. Can she find him a new home? And will she and the family survive till Christmas morning, with that naughty crocodile gobbling up everything in sight?

The Crocodile Skin book
#4
The Crocodile Skin
Written by Jose Carlos Roman and illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

According to an African legend, many many years ago crocodiles had smooth skin of a beautiful golden color. So why is their skin now rough and dark? To find out what happened, just open this book and let José Carlos Román and Paolo Domeniconi tell you.

The Elephant's Child book
#5
The Elephant's Child
Written by Rudyard Kipling and illustrated by Jonas Laustroer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The tale of how the elephant got its trunk is one of the most beloved of the Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling wrote for children. The insatiably curious elephant's child peppers every animal he meets with questions about the mysterious crocodile who lives on the banks of the Lompopo River. When he finally meets the crocodile, he nearly becomes dinner. This rollicking story and Jonas's Laustroer's vibrant art have the makings of a modern classic.

Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) book
#6
Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably)
Written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim J. Miller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Snappsy (begrudgingly!) returns in this clever and hilarious follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book). Snappsy the alligator wants nothing more than a quiet evening to himself, but a pesky chicken who insists he’s Snappsy’s best friend won’t leave him alone. Friendship bracelets? Matching shirts? The sleepover of the century? Snappsy did not ask for any of the activities the chicken—his best friend forever?—is planning. This pitch-perfect sequel to Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) explores all the ways we get friendship wrong (and why it feels so magical when we get it right!).

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) book
#7
Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book)
Written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim J. Miller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Snappsy the alligator is having a normal day when a pesky narrator steps in to spice up the story. Is Snappsy reading a book … or is he making CRAFTY plans? Is Snappsy on his way to the grocery store … or is he PROWLING the forest for defenseless birds and fuzzy bunnies? Is Snappsy innocently shopping for a party … or is he OBSESSED with snack foods that start with the letter P? What’s the truth? Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) is an irreverent look at storytelling, friendship, and creative differences, perfect for fans of Mo Willems.

My Lucky Birthday book
#8
My Lucky Birthday
Written and illustrated by Keiko Kasza
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A hilarious trickster tale companion to the story time hit My Lucky Day. Just as Alligator Al is planning the perfect birthday dinner for himself, there is a knock on his door. It’s a delicious-looking piglet—how lucky! But as Al prepares his feast, the piglet makes some suggestions. Shouldn’t Al have a big birthday cake? Piglet can tell him how to make one. And wouldn’t the celebration be more fun with fancy decorations and party guests? Piglet would be happy to ask some friends to come over. Al is so lucky that Piglet is there to help…or is he? Could Piglet have a clever party trick up his sleeve? Fans of trickster tales, rooting for the underdog, and the proven crowd favorite My Lucky Day will be thrilled to see who turns out to have the luckiest birthday of all.

Monkey's Clever Tale book
#9
Monkey's Clever Tale
Written by Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Amanda Montgomery-Higham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The mischievous Ameerah Monkey promises Crocodile her tail and those of her parents, brothers, and sisters in exchange for a ride across the river in this version of a Jataka tale from India.

Odd Dog book
#10
Odd Dog
Written and illustrated by Fabien Lambert
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Mr. Roger loves dogs--but there's something a bit off about his latest pet pooch, who won't learn to collect the paper properly or fetch a ball. Instead, the strange, snappy, and greedy (but good-natured) beast is causing chaos all around town. What Mr. Roger doesn't see is that his pup is really a croc! This hilarious picture book will have kids laughing nonstop.

Open Very Carefully book
#11
Open Very Carefully
Written by Nick Bromley and illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A young reader settles down for a quiet bedtime story and realizes that a crocodile has fallen into his storybook and is wreaking havoc. What's the reader to do? Full color.

What's Next Door? book
#12
What's Next Door?
Written and illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The crocodile from "Open Very Carefully" is back, and all he wants is to find his way home, but he can't get there by himself. In this unique interactive book, children can take part in the story and use their imaginations to guide him door-to-door on his journey. Full color.

Chomp Goes the Alligator book
#13
Chomp Goes the Alligator
Written and illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From #1 New York Times bestselling novelty book creator Matt Van Fleet comes an irresistible picture book about a very hungry alligator who likes to chomp, chomp, chomp, which will delight readers as they learn animal names, colors, and counting. Along came the alligator, chomp, chomp, chomp! From the internationally bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes the story of a hungry little alligator who gulps his way from one to ten. Ten touchable textures, a sturdy chomping pull tab, and a grand finale pop-up are sure to engage the youngest readers.

Crocodile Snap! book
#14
Crocodile Snap!
Written by Little Bee Books and illustrated by Beatrice Costamagna
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In this interactive board book, kids will love pulling the tabs to make Brock the crocodile snap his teeth! Brock the crocodile has great big teeth, but sometimes, they're so scary that they frighten all his friends away. Brock scares a bird when a yawns, a frog when he sneezes, some snakes when he hiccups, some baby elephants when he coughs, and a rhino and some monkeys when he laughs. He feels bad scaring them, but he can't help having such big, scary teeth! But his mom is able to cheer him up by giving him a nice big cupcake!

Do Crocs Kiss? book
#15
Do Crocs Kiss?
Written and illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Do crocs cry? Do crocs clap? All I know is crocs go . . . SNAP! This novelty board book, with fun text and colorful illustrations, features adorable lions, tigers, and bears, as well as the snappy title reptile and other favorite creatures. Kids will happily lift the flap on each big animal “mouth” to discover what sound it makes. For a grand finale, all the animals appear together peering out from behind two gatefolds, so children can sneak a peek and say all the sounds again!

Reptile Club, The book
#16
Reptile Club, The
Written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Elina Ellis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

There are lots of clubs for Rory to join at his new school, but none seem quite right for him. So when his parents suggest he start his own club about something he loves, Rory knows exactly what it will be: a Reptile Club! He's positive that there are other kids out there who share his passion. He sets up his first meeting and then waits and waits for students to show up. Just as he is about to give up, Rory hears whispering in the hallway and hurries over to see who it is. To his astonishment, it's not his schoolmates who have arrived to attend the first meeting, but a crocodile, an anaconda and a gecko!

Kooky Crumbs book
#17
Kooky Crumbs
Written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Mary Uhles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From National Hat Day (January 15th) to National Vinegar Day (November 1st), former Children?s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis rejoices in this calendar of dizzy days, celebrating them all in poetic style.

Croc & Turtle book
#18
Croc & Turtle
Written and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

For fans of Penguin and Pinecone, this adorable new duo will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. Meet Croc! He is the strongest and fastest crocodile around. Meet Turtle! He agrees that Croc is the strongest and fastest. But what happens when Elephant lifts that heavy rock with ease? And when Cheetah speeds on by? Croc and Turtle might not be the strongest or the fastest, but they're definitely the best at something even more important . . . Introducing an utterly charming new duo, this humorous and heartwarming adventure will delight readers of all ages.

Beware of the Crocodile book
#19
Beware of the Crocodile
Written by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

You probably know a little about crocodiles already. They’re reptiles, they have an awful lot of teeth, and they’re pretty scary — at least, the big ones are! They’re not very fussy about what they eat, and when it comes to hunting down dinner, crocodiles are very determined . . . and very cunning. But there’s more to crocodiles than just their appetites. They love to nap on warm sandbanks and cool off in calm waters, and crocodile mothers are very gentle with their babies. This fascinating look at one of Earth’s most infamous creatures is full of information for amateur scientists, with back matter that includes an index, notes on species, and suggestions for further reading.

How to Be on the Moon book
#20
How to Be on the Moon
Written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

In the follow-up to How to Find Gold, best friends Anna and Crocodile are going on another intrepid adventure -- this time, to the moon. It's almost impossible to get to the moon. It's out in space, which is dark and empty, and it's very far away. If Anna and Crocodile are going to make it to the moon, they'll need some special skills, like being able to do math and having a lot of patience. They'll also need to build a rocket. Not to mention the sandwiches for the journey. Luckily, when Anna and Crocodile put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. Full of the same cheerful charm that made How to Find Gold so endearing, Viviane Schwarz's pitch-perfect text and wonderfully colorful illustrations launch this story off the page in a true celebration of curiosity and the magic of imaginative play.

The Truth About Crocodiles book
#21
The Truth About Crocodiles
Written and illustrated by Maxwell Eaton III
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From writer/illustrator Maxwell Eaton III, The Truth About Crocodiles is the fifth installment in his hilarous series offering another lighthearted look filled with useful facts about crocodiles that will make you laugh so hard, you won't even realize you're learning something! Did you know that crocs often keep rocks in their stomachs in order to stay underwater longer? Did you know that baby crocs make sounds similar to kittens when they hatch? Did you know that crocs have a lot of teeth, but don’t actually chew their food? Discover these facts and more in this new addition to the popular series that combines raucous amounts of humor with a surprising amount of information on beloved animal friends.

Dream Big and Other Life Lessons from the Enormous Crocodile book
#22
Dream Big and Other Life Lessons from the Enormous Crocodile
Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A darkly funny gift book based on Roald Dahl's beloved story The Enormous Crocodile, featuring art by Quentin Blake. The Enormous Crocodile has been employing "secret plans and clever tricks" for years, hoping to one day score his favorite meal: a juicy little child. And finally, he shares his wit and wisdom with a world hungry for his sage advice. Find out all of our devious villain's tips and advice in this grim, but humorous gift book perfect for fans of All My Friends Are Dead. And with Quentin Blake's illustrations, this full-color book will have readers plotting their own clever tricks in no time.

Solomon and Mortimer book
#23
Solomon and Mortimer
Written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Solomon Crocodile is back in a brand new adventure! And this time, he's not on his own...Solomon Crocodile and his friend Mortimer are bored. They want to find some fun, but what can they do? Tree-climbing is tricky, chasing lizards doesn't end well and flying turns out to be a lot harder than it looks. But then they spot the biggest hippo in the river. Just imagine the splash he'd make if two naughty crocodiles were to surprise him! But Solomon and Mortimer are about to get a whole lot more than they bargained for... Sure to delight fans of the original Solomon Crocodile, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, this warm, funny and charming tale from the Kate Greenaway Medal winning Catherine Rayner is one that young children will ask for again and again.

Princess Cora and the Crocodile book
#24
Princess Cora and the Crocodile
Written by Laura Amy Schlitz and illustrated by Brian Floca
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She’s sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She’s sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won’t let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn’t expect that help to come in the form of a crocodile—a crocodile who does not behave properly. With perfectly paced dry comedy, children’s book luminaries Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca send Princess Cora on a delightful outdoor adventure — climbing trees! getting dirty! having fun! — while her alter ego wreaks utter havoc inside the castle, obliging one pair of royal helicopter parents to reconsider their ways.

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth book
#25
Alan's Big, Scary Teeth
Written and illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A goofy and lonely denizen of the jungle has just one talent — scaring other creatures with his big, scary teeth! What would he do without them? Deep in the jungle lurks Alan the alligator, descended from a long line of very scary alligators. He prepares carefully — polishing his scales, brushing each of his big, scary teeth, and practicing his frightening faces — then sneaks into the jungle to terrorize the jungle critters. ("I’m big, scary Alan! Fear my razor-sharp teeth!") But after a long day of scaring, Alan likes nothing better than to enjoy the crossword, run a warm mud bath, and take out his teeth, which nobody else knows are false. Until one morning, when Alan wakes up and finds that his teeth are gone! Without those teeth, he’s just not very scary, and scaring is the only thing he knows how to do. Or is it? Witty, charming, and playful storytelling will have preschoolers cheering for Alan as he discovers a new way to fit in.

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