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

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

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 snails, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing to popular sellers like The Snail And the Whale.

We hope this list of kids books about snails can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Where's the Ladybug?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly bugs hiding behind bright felt flaps. And there’s a mirror on the final page! A perfect book to share with very little ones.

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A Book for Escargot
Written by Dashka Slater & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

In this standalone sequel to Escargot, written by award-winning author Dashka Slater, we follow a funny and charming French snail through a library to find the book of his dreams. Bonjour! It is moi, Escargot, your favorite French snail. Today I am going on a trip to the library, where there are so many stories to choose from! Stories about dog superheroes . . . guinea pig detectives . . . and flamingo astronauts.

But sadly, none of these books is about a daring snail hero who saves the day. What is that you say? Perhaps this is the book about the snail hero? Ooh là là!

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Snail Crossing
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a book that is as cheerful and charming as Snail himself, Corey Tabor tells a winning tale of slow but steady Snail, whose determination and kindness bring him the best reward of all: friendship.

When Snail spies a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, nothing will stop him—not a speeding car or even a hungry crow.

But then kindhearted Snail stops to help a crew of antsy ants in a rainstorm, and he loses his way. It looks like he will never get his treat—until Snail’s new friends come up with an ingenious idea. . . .

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Escargot
Written by Dashka Slater & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:

  1. To be your favorite animal.

  2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.

But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you!—he discovers that it’s not so bad after all!

A charming and interactive picture book ideal for picky eaters and animal lovers alike.

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Little Snail Book: Time to Go Home
Written & illustrated by Shasha Lv
board book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Welcome to the whimsical world of Little Snail and friends!
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  • The Snail And the Whale - When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?

  • Hedgehog and Rabbit: The Stubborn Cloud - Hedgehog and Rabbit enjoy eating cabbages and looking for snails in their peaceful garden. When the sun is suddenly blocked by a stubborn cloud, the two friends need to come up with a plan to chase that cloud away.

  • Everyone Gets a Say - From Jill Twiss and EG Keller, the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo and The Someone New, comes a new picture book about voting, just in time for the 2020 election season! Pudding the snail and his friends can’t seem to agree on anything. Whatever Jitterbug the chipmunk wants, Geezer the goose does not. Whatever Toast the butterfly wants, Duffles and Nudge the otters are absolutely against. And if somehow Toast and Duffles and Jitterbug and Nudge all agree on something, then Geezer is not having it. So when Toast suggests they need a leader, the friends try to figure out the best way to pick someone to be in charge. Should that someone be the fastest? The fluffiest? The squishiest? Or can Pudding show his friends that there just might be a way where everyone gets a say? In this follow-up to The Someone New, Jill Twiss and EG Keller cleverly underscore the importance of speaking up and using your voice.

  • Legend of the Golden Snail - A young boy’s favorite storybook tells of a Golden Snail that lived long ago in the mythical Spiral Isles. When it journeyed through its magical realm, it took on the shape of a fantastical golden sailing ship. One day the ship was captured by a Great Enchanter and put under his spell. After he became bored with the Snail, the Enchanter banished it to the Ends of the Earth so no one else could ever sail in it. There it remains until a new master comes to claim it. Could a young boy named Wilbur be the next master?<p></p><br> <p></p><br> Featuring Graeme Base’s visually stunning signature art (packed with details, including a hidden “snail and crossbones” to search for in each picture) and a bonus mini book (bound in, nonremovable), <i>The Legend of the Golden Snail</i> is an adventure unlike any other. <p/>F&P Level: N<br>F&P Genre: F <p/>Praise for <i>The Legend of the Golden Snail</i><br></p><b>Starred Review: </b>”Base’s art steers the journey, alternating between action scenes and spectacular seascapes.” -<i>Publishers Weekly</i> <p/>”This beautiful book is sure to be a hit with the author’s fans and cultivate new ones.” -<i>School Library Journal <p/></i>”Base’s big, elaborate illustrations teem with lively details.” -<i>Booklist <p/></i>”The book is chock-full of Base’s bold, vibrant images and features fanciful locations. Lots to mull over for future sea adventurers.” -<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>

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Snail and Worm Again: Three Stories About Two Friends
Written & illustrated by Tina Kügler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.Geisel Honor Winner

In this silly sequel to Snail and Worm, the dynamic duo are back for more fun and giggles in three new comic shorts brimming with quirky humor and unflappable friendship. At turns clever and sweet, these laugh-out-loud stories are perfect for readers coming out of their own shells and making the transition between picture books and chapter books.

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Snail and Worm All Day: Three Stories about Two Friends
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Kirkus Best Book / School Library Journal Best Book / Chicago Public Library Best Book
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Marigold and Daisy
Written by Andrea Zuill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Although Marigold is excited to meet her new snail sister, Daisy, she becomes envious of the attention everyone gives her, but when Marigold reaches her breaking point and decides to run away, she discovers that Daisy may come in handy after all.

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Snippet the Early Riser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Snippet is a typical snail. He loves to draw. He loves to play soccer. He loves piggyback rides. But unlike other snails, he does not love to sleep in. While his family is snoozing the morning away, he is wide awake and determined to rouse his family. But how? Snippet the Early Riser is the perfect bedtime (or wake-up time!) tale, celebrating early birds and late snoozers alike.

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Snails are Just My Speed!
Written & illustrated by Kevin McCloskey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What’s the scoop behind all the mucus? Did you know snails build roads like engineers and go undercover in camouflage like spies? Did you know they can be smaller than a seed or bigger than a grown-up’s hand? Kevin McCloskey mixes snail science, art, and hilarity for the newest book in his Giggle and Learn series, praised by The New York Times as “a winning combination of facts and gross-out fun.”

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  • End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant) - Avon the snail has never had an adventure. And adventure, he has heard, is the key to a happy life. So with his new friend Edward the ant, Avon sets out on a journey to find the excitement his life has been missing. <BR>The travelers meet all manner of wise, weird, and intriguing creatures–including a dragon!–and it’s not long before their adventures begin. <BR>In the tradition of such classics as “The Little Prince,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” and “Winnie-the-Pooh,” this completely original story–a modern fable for our time–brims with wit, wisdom, and profound insights about the meaning of things . . . great “and” small.<BR>

  • Snail and Worm: Three Stories about Two Friends - Readers of Stick and Stone and Elephant and Piggie will love Snail and Worm, an unlikely pair sure to delight with three different laugh-out-loud adventures. By Geisel Honor winner Tina Kügler.

  • Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator - The wolfsnail hunts its prey: other snails. This true tale of horror begins in the leaf litter beside a quaint porch in Jackson, Mississippi. The wolfsnail is on the prowl. Big, strong, and fast (for a snail), the wolfsnail has a taste for meat. In some areas, it is called the cannibal snail. It has earned the name. Soon, the predator finds the slime trail of a smaller snail and follows the path toward its prey. When the chase ends and the dramatic feast is done, nothing remains of the smaller snail but an empty shell. This photographic story, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, of a day in the life of a wolfsnail offers a unique and dramatic introduction to the food chain. Young readers will be fascinated by this little-known predator and the impact it has had on habitats where it does not belong.

  • Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing - Avon the snail and Edward the ant are back for another funny–and philosophical–adventure. This time, Avon has decided he wants to be a writer, only to discover that writing is way more difficult than he ever imagined. He finally gets the word <i>Something</i> written down, but there’s a problem: What to write next? Luckily, his friend Edward is there to advise.</p> </p>Brimming with wit, wisdom, and humor, this warm and winning tale of two friends on a quest will be enjoyed by readers (and writers) of all ages. </p>

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