Best Kids Books About Alligators and crocodiles

28 Kids 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.

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) book
#2
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.

Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) book
#3
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!).

See You Later, Alligator book
#4
See You Later, Alligator
Written by Sally Hopgood and illustrated by Emma Levey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A departing tortoise has his bags packed and is almost ready to set out on an adventure, but he can’t leave until he says good-bye to each of his animal friends. The tortoise stops for every last timid mouse and bumblebee, shouting his rhyming good-byes, making you wonder if, perhaps, he’s stalling the start of his trip. His animal friends appear startled as he suddenly pops up on each page to say adieu—especially the perplexed rhinoceros the tortoise mistakes for a unicorn! With each farewell, the tortoise’s good-byes get sillier and more creative. When will the good-byes end and the adventure begin? See You Later, Alligator is a silly story with bright, engaging illustrations and expressive, rhyming text that children will want to read—and giggle through—again and again. Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

The Christmas Crocodile book
#5
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?

Oliver and his Alligator book
#6
Oliver and his Alligator
Written and illustrated by Paul Schmid
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Oliver is nervous about the first day of school, so he picks up an alligator at the swamp, just in case. And boy, does it come in handy! Whenever anything scares Oliver-be it a teacher, a classmate, or the prospect of learning everything-the alligator makes the problem go away. Quickly, school becomes much simpler . . . and a little lonely. But Oliver knows just what to do! Paul Schmid's gentle, funny tale about overcoming first day of school jitters is destined to become a modern classic that fans of Olivia and Kevin Henkes' books will love.

Monkey's Clever Tale book
#7
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.

What's Next Door? book
#8
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.

Reptile Club, The book
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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.

Alligators and Crocodiles book
#17
Alligators and Crocodiles
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Provides information about alligators and crocodiles, including their differences and how they live, mate, and raise their young.

Alligators All Around book
#18
Alligators All Around
Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

From alligators all around to zippity zound, from entertaining elephants to throwing tantrums, the antics of these alligators have made reciting the alphabet fun for over fifty years! Now in a larger, 5 x 7 trim size, Alligators All Around will continue to make children giggle while learning their ABCs. This beloved classic from Maurice Sendak has helped introduce the alphabet to generations of children. This edition is perfect for lap sharing and as a baby shower gift.

Petite Rouge book
#19
Petite Rouge
Written by Mike Artell and illustrated by Jim Harris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In this Cajun version of "Little Red Riding Hood", the big bad gator is no match for a sharp young girl and her quick-thinking cat. Full-color illustrations.

Gator Gumbo book
#20
Gator Gumbo
Written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A new take on The Little Red Hen -- Cajun style Poor Monsieur Gator is getting old and is moving so slow he can't catch himself a taste of possum or otter, or even a whiff of skunk. Day after day those animals tease and taunt him until, finally, he decides to cook up some gumbo just like Maman used to make. But who will help him boil, catch, sprinkle, and chop? Certainly not rude Mademoiselle Possum, ornery Monsieur Otter, or sassy Madame Skunk. But when the gumbo is ready, they're more than eager to enjoy the result of Gator's hard work and as they run to get a taste - "Slurp! Slip! Plop! Them animals go into the pot." "Mmm-mmm," says Monsieur Gator. "Now, this is gumbo just like Maman used to make." Illustrated with wit and whimsy, this mischievous tale will have young readers laughing out loud.

Gator Dad book
#21
Gator Dad
Written and illustrated by Brian Lies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day. Presented by New York Times bestselling author Brian Lies (Bats at the Beach), this heartwarming story demonstrates a series of very special ways children can connect with their fathers and should appeal to parents and little readers everywhere.

Chompers the Hungry Alligator book
#22
Chompers the Hungry Alligator
Written by David Rosten and illustrated by Kenny Dewitt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Softcover 24 page book with fun full color illustrations.Chompers is a very hungry baby alligator. He can't find anything to eat. He asks his new friends what they eat. Nothing sounds very good to eat until Chompers eats the sweet sawgrass. He loves the seagrass. Suddenly, Chompers is caught by a Dentist. The Dentist notices that Chompers need braces for his teeth. The Dentist and his family fall in love with Chomers and the family adopts him. Chompers is very happy.

Alligators on the Loose book
#23
Alligators on the Loose
Written and illustrated by Kathryn Giggles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ten lively alligators escape their pen and have the time of their lives, while one alligator takes to the skies. Their antics bring them into a whimsical world of fun and adventure. Alligators on the Loose helps teach counting and mathematics while encouraging children to develop reading, writing, and other skills using rhythm and rhyme. Alligators on the run! Alligators out for fun! Alligators want their turn! Alligators love to learn.

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth book
#24
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.

The Croc Who Rocked book
#25
The Croc Who Rocked
Written and illustrated by Laura Casella
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

All alone, in a quiet part of the jungle, Little Croc hatches. He may be small, but he has a big voice and loves to sing. But the other animals don't like his snap-snap song and send him away. As time passes, he becomes a big croc, and his song gets better and louder, but he is lonely. He asks some birds to teach him their song, hoping the other animals might accept him. All goes well until he gets carried away, snap-snaps in the middle of the song, and is sent away. As he sings sadly to himself by the river, his song attracts an unexpected crowd of admirers, who finally join in on the music.

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