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Alligators: Picture Books For Kids

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.

Alligators All Around book
#2
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.

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) book
#3
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.

Chompers the Hungry Alligator book
#4
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.

Gator book
#5
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.

  1. See You Later, Alligator - 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.

  2. Petite Rouge - When her grand-mère comes down wit' de flu, this Cajun Little Red knows what she has to do. With her witty cat, TeJean, she sets off in a pirogue to bring Grand-mère some gumbo. Who should she meet upon the way, but that big ol' swamp gator, Claude! Mean ol' Claude may want to gobble up Petite Rouge, but she and TeJean have a better idea. Before long, they have Claude running back to the bayou where he belongs!

  3. Gator Gumbo - 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.

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

Oliver and his Alligator book
#10
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.

Gator Dad book
#11
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.

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.

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