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Crocodiles: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about crocodiles?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to crocodiles. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about crocodiles.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about crocodiles, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile to popular sellers like The Enormous Crocodile to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Watermelon Seed.

We hope this list of kids books about crocodiles can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

The Watermelon Seed
Written & illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli’s picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.

Beware of the Crocodile
Written by Martin Jenkins & 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.

Crocodali
Written & illustrated by Lucy Volpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Help Crocodali, the most talented painter in the whole wide world, create a masterpiece by tilting, shaking, rubbing, and blowing on the book. I am Crocodali, the most talented painter in the whole wide world. And you are in my studio! In this interactive picture book, children can follow Crocodali the painter’s instructions to help him create a masterpiece that will spark children’s curiosity! Crocodali tells readers to tilt the book to straighten the canvas, shake the book to spread the paint, blow on the book (but not too hard!) to help the painting dry, and much more. As they help Crocodali paint his masterpiece, children will be able to express their creative sides and learn to appreciate art.

Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Little William Everett Crocodile and his friend Pete take a class trip to a Cairo museum where they encounter a jewel thief.

How to Be on the Moon
Written & 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.

  • Crocodile's Crossing: A Search for Home - Crocodile is tired, scared, and hopeful as he searches for his new home. Everything will be better where Im going! he thinks. But where is that? Crocodiles Crossing: A Search for Home introduces children to the complex topic of immigration. Featuring bright artwork packed with playful details, this thoughtful tale sensitively portrays the challenges faced by refugees and other newcomers. A downloadable discussion guide is available at www.flyawaybooks.com/resources.

  • Little Croc's Purse - When Little Croc and his friends find a purse filled with money, they must decide whether to spend the money or turn in the purse.

  • The Crocodile and the Dentist - Oh, it’s time to go to the dentist! Crocodile has a toothache, but he’s afraid of the dentist. The dentist wants to help, but he’s afraid of Crocodile. Never fear! Bestselling author-illustrator Taro Gomi cleverly and humorously presents both sides of the story, as the crocodile and the dentist learn to be brave and face their fears—of what might happen in that dentist’s chair and of each other!

  • Professional Crocodile - Mr. Crocodile loves his job. Every morning he gets up with an alarm. He brushes his teeth. He chooses the right tie to match his outfit, eats a quick slice of toast, and heads off to work on a crowded train. But what exactly is his job? The answer may surprise you! Readers will want to pore over this witty, wordless book again and again, finding new details and fresh stories with every reading.

The Christmas Crocodile
Written by Bonny Becker & 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?

Crocodile Snap!
Written by Little Bee Books & 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!

Dream Big and Other Life Lessons from the Enormous Crocodile
Written by Roald Dahl & 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.

Princess Cora and the Crocodile
Written by Laura Amy Schlitz & 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.

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

What would you do if you were settling down for a quiet bedtime story and you realized that a crocodile had fallen into your storybook and was — not to put too fine a point on it — wreaking havoc? Would you slam that book shut and cram it back onto the bookshelf? Or would you be brave enough to peek?

  • Croc & Turtle: Snow Fun! - Croc & Turtle may be different, but they’re the best of friends! This adorable winter-themed story will warm your heart, and is perfect for fans of Penguin and Pinecone. Croc and Turtle are best friends! It’s a wintry day, so Croc and Turtle are ready for snow fun! But Croc likes outside activities and Turtle likes inside activities. What happens when best friends have very different ideas of fun? In this new humorous and heartwarming adventure, Croc and Turtle navigate the ups and downs of friendship.

  • Arrivederci, Crocodile - First that dastardly Napoleon kidnapped Crocodile from his beloved Egypt, then he dragged him to Paris to be gawked at, and THEN he tried to eat him! Luckily our dear croc escaped, but while Parisian life may be glamorous, life in Paris’s sewers is not. If only Napoleon had taken Crocodile to a more aquatic reptile–friendly city. Perhaps one with an excess of canals and better food… “NAPOLEON TO TOUR ITALY: FIRST STOP, VENICE” Surely Napoleon wouldn’t mind if Crocodile hitched a ride out of Paris… Will our crocodile find his perfect home amongst Italian high-society? Or will he be revealed as an impasta? Pack away your pasta—Crocodile is heading to Italy in this long-awaited sequel to Fred Marcellino’s award-winning I, Crocodile.

  • The Truth About Crocodiles - 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.

  • I, Crocodile - While robbing Egypt’s mummies, sphinxes, and palm trees, Napoleon can’t resist bringing home a souvenir crocodile as well. All Paris is enchanted with this exotic creature. But for a crocodile with an appetite as big as his ego, being the toast of the town has its downside, too. What’s a crocodile who’s used to a dinner of flamingo, snake, or mongoose to make of chocolate mousse? Oh, to return to his beloved Nile! But fickle Napoleon has other plans for our hero… Inspired by an obscure nineteenth-century French satire, I, Crocodile is the first book Fred Marcellino has written as well as illustrated. 2000 ALA Notable Children’s Book 1999 New York Times Best Illustrated Book 2000-2001 Georgia’s Picture Storybook Award & Georgia’s Children’s Book Award Masterlist 2000 ALA Notable Children’s Books

What's Next Door?
Written & 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.

The Enormous Crocodile
Written by Roald Dahl & illustrated by Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Enormous Crocodile is incredibly hungry—and incredibly greedy. His favorite meal is a plump, juicy little child, and he intends to gobble up as many of them as he can! His is sure that his “secret plans and clever tricks” cannot be foiled. But when the other animals in the jungle join together to put an end to his wicked schemes, the Enormous Crocodile learns a lesson he won’t soon forget.

Croc & Turtle
Written & 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.

Monkey's Clever Tale
Written by Andrew Fusek Peters & 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.

Five Little Monkeys 5-Minute Stories
Written & illustrated by Eileen Christelow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Eight exciting adventures with the five little monkeys are packed into one beautiful treasury. Each story can be read aloud in just five minutes! There’s plenty of monkey business in this collection of eight funny stories about the five little monkeys by best-selling author-illustrator Eileen Christelow. Come along with the lovable monkeys on their mischievous adventures as they do everything from jump on the bed to bake a cake to tease a hungry crocodile—and much more. With a padded cover, full-color illustrations, and stories that can be read aloud in just five minutes, this is the perfect book for bedtime, storytime, anytime!

  • Fun, Fun, Fun! - Croc is grumpy. Ally is happy. Croc sees a problem. Ally finds a solution. The best friends overcome their differences as they go for a swim, shop for hats, and deal with a big bug

  • My Baby Crocodile - A crocodile goes on a walk and finds what he believes to be an abandoned baby croc, but is it?

  • Friends Forever - “Croc is grumpy. Ally is happy. Croc sees a problem. Ally finds a solution. Whether it’s choosing new chairs, going for a walk, or looking for the moon, these best friends will always work together despite their differences”—

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