The Ultimate List of Books About Alligators

Updated Apr. 9, 2019

Alligators are sneaky predators. This makes them very intriguing to us. Many times only their eyes can be spotted sticking out of the water source they call home. These books share fun stories about characters named alligators as well as some fun real facts about them.

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
Thoughts from Grammy

This is a fun and crazy book about a girl who wakes up in a silly situation. Her calm and polite way of dealing with it, getting information, and going confidently with the flow is a great model for all of us. The illustrations are line-drawn in green, white, and shades of pink. The meter keeps things clipping along and the rhyming is clever and sometimes unexpected. It just goes to show that we never know what people might be whispering when they stare!

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.

Chomp Goes the Alligator book
#2
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.

Gator book
#3
Gator
Written and illustrated by Randy Cecil
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Goodfather

Gator provides such a fun, nostalgic tale of leaving home, having an adventure and coming back again, all while helping improve the world for those around you. One of my favorite parts of the story is seeing how, even when Gator is home again and everything seems like they're back to the "good old days," things are really even better than before for Gator's friend Duck.

A carousel alligator goes on a courageous journey to find a place with real alligators--and a wonderful, familiar sound--in this moving and modest story. Full color.

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) book
#4
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.

Five Little Monkeys book
#5
Five Little Monkeys
Written and illustrated by Eileen Christelow
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

While their mother takes a nap, five mischievous monkeys discover that it is unwise to tease Mr. Crocodile.

See You Later, Alligator book
#6
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 Lady with the Alligator Purse book
#7
The Lady with the Alligator Purse
Written and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

An adaptation of the school-yard jump rope or clapping song "Miss Lucy Had A Baby," the illustrations are cute, spunky and add a dynamic feel to the book. The text is pretty minimal and standard, but with great rhythm (what else would you expect from a jump rope song?) and it's a quick read.

Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman's bestselling Sing-Along Stories are perfect for reading together, with over one million copies sold in all formats. You know the song, but you've never heard it like this! A familiar melody with uproariously funny new lyrics are presented alongside bright, zany illustrations in this picture book that includes music, stories, and games. These outrageous rhymes will appeal to reluctant readers, eager readers, silly readers, and the whole family together!

May I Please Have a Cookie? book
#8
May I Please Have a Cookie?
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Morris
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

p>A pleasing board book version of the bestselling story that's all about how to say please! Alfie loves his mommy's cookies, and he wants one more than anything! But grabbing for one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie inspector don't seem to work. His mommy says there is a better way. What is it? The littlest of readers will learn proper manners with Alfie as his mommy teaches him to say the magic words.

Oliver and his Alligator book
#9
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.

Zack's Alligator book
#10
Zack's Alligator
Written by Shirley Mozelle and illustrated by James Watts
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Bridget the alligator arrives in the mail, she's only the size of a key chain! But after Zack soaks her in water, she grows into a real live alligator. Bridget wrestles the garden hose and swings from the monkey bars. And what other alligator can do cartwheels? Children's Books of 1989 (Library of Congress)

Alligator Action book
#11
Alligator Action
Written by Ali Sparkes and illustrated by Ross Collins
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-10

Petty Potts has been kidnapped! Josh and Danny have to find her before it's too late. While investigating, the boys come across Petty's latest S.W.I.T.C.H. spray that can turn them into alligators. Josh and Danny soon have a date with destiny…

Alligators on the Loose book
#12
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.

Alligators All Around book
#13
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.

Gator Dad book
#14
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.

Petite Rouge book
#15
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.

The Alligator's Tooth: Stories from Jamaica book
#16
The Alligator's Tooth: Stories from Jamaica
Written and illustrated by Sherry Keith
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"Searching for a flat in London is no fun, especially after a summer in Spain. The search persists day after day. The air chills, a reminder of the English winter marching towards me. Emerging from the Charring Cross Underground station to scout for an Indian restaurant, a travel poster catches my eye. The gentle curves of a white sand beach banded by a wide ribbon of turquoise dissolving into deep blue defy the London gray. Coconut palms with shaggy yellow-green fronds cast soft shadows on shimmering sand while two empty orange chaise lounges relax in tropical luxury. Below the picture, in heavy bold block letters, I read the word "JAMAICA." These stories chronicle a young woman's journey to post-colonial Jamaica. On a one-way ticket, she arrives in Kingston to spend the next seven years exploring roots from the past, the challenges facing a newly independent nation, and the intricacies of creating an identity of her own in unfamiliar circumstances.

Chompers the Hungry Alligator book
#17
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.

Hamstigator book
#18
Hamstigator
Written by Michael Andrew Fox and illustrated by Ed Shems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Coby's back at the drawing board to create yet another new pet! After asking Mom for an alligator, she suggests starting with something small first, like a Hamster. Lame! So, Coby combines all the things he likes about hamsters and all the things he loves about alligators and creates another new creature. Hamstigator is the 2nd book in the Petimals series!

Alligators and Crocodiles book
#19
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.

The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo book
#20
The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Vanished? Liza Poole lives with her mother in one of the last balanced ecosystems in North America -- the Gumbo Limbo Hammock deep within the lush kingdom of the Florida Everglades. Some may think it strange to live outdoors, but Liza feels lucky to live it strange to live outdoors, but Liza feels lucky to live in her small yellow tent amidst tropical birds and exotic plants. And at the center of this natural paradise lies Dajun, the majestic alligator who protects Gumbo Limbo's environment. Then, one day, a state official arrives with frightening orders. Dajun is scaring people nearby -- he must be killed! Liza takes action to save the invaluable 'gator, but suddenly, he is nowhere to be found. Now, she must find Dajun before it's too late, and her search will lead her into the heart of an exciting eco mystery!

Gator Gumbo book
#21
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.

Andy Alligator book
#22
Andy Alligator
Written by Sarah Albee and illustrated by Jo Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

This board book about a typical day in the life of snappy-jawed Andy Alligator features a finger lever that enables children to snap Andy's jaws up and down. “Listen to the SNAP! That my long jaws make!” Says Andy Alligator to his friend the snake “Hisssss!” says the snake, and his tail starts to flap, As Andy Alligator goes SNAP! SNAP! SNAP! This sturdy board book introduces little ones to an unusual animal in snappy style—literally. This simple short tale tells how Andy Alligator and his friends make special music with their own unique sounds. And all the while, children can SNAP-SNAP along with the Andy’s jaw, which forms the "top" of each book.

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