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Snakes: Books For Kids

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

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

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 snakes, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash to popular sellers like The Serpent’s Shadow.

We hope this list of kids books about snakes 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.

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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Written by Trinka Hakes Noble & illustrated by Steven Kellogg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Jimmy's boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm.
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Can I Play Too?
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Can I Play Too? Gerald and Piggie meet a new snake friend who wants to join in a game of catch. But don't you need arms to catch?
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Huggy the Python Hugs Too Hard
Written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by Alex G Griffiths
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Help little ones learn how to give a BIG gentle hug with this first story in the brand-new Wee Beasties series from New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman. Huggy the Python loves to hug. The only problem is, he hugs WAY too hard. WAIT! Can you show Huggy how to give a gentle hug? Wee Beasties is a new board book series from New York Times bestselling author, Ame Dyckman, featuring silly animals doing the things they love just a little TOO much. In this first book about Huggy the Python and all the things he loves, little ones will learn how to give a big gentle hug.
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The Serpent's Shadow
Written by Rick Riordan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
If you haven't yet read the Kane Chronicles, Rick Riordan's action-adventure trilogy based on Ancient Egyptian mythology, don't miss this paperback edition with new cover art and a Percy Jackson-Kane Chronicles crossover story, "The Crown of Ptolemy." When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma'at--order--to the world. What they didn't know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the earth in three days' time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. Walt, one of Carter and Sadie's most gifted initiates, is doomed and can already feel his life force ebbing. Zia is too busy babysitting the senile sun god, Ra, to be of much help. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do? There is possibly one way to stop Apophis, but it is so difficult that it might cost Carter and Sadie their lives, if it even works at all. It involves trusting the ghost of a psychopathic magician not to betray them, or worse, kill them. They'd have to be crazy to try it. Well, call them crazy. With hilarious asides, memorable monsters, and an ever-changing crew of friends and foes, the excitement never lets up in _The Serpent's Shadow_, a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.
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Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things
Written by Wendelin Van Draanen & illustrated by Brian Biggs
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
While on her first hiking and camping trip, thirteen-year-old Sammy tries to solve a mystery involving endangered condors while avoiding scorpions, ticks, and embarrassment.
The Greedy Python book
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Duckworth, the Difficult Child book
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There's a Snake in My School! book
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Where's the Baboon? book
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  • The Greedy Python - In this classic picture book from Richard Buckley and Eric Carle, a greedy python eats every creature he comes across in the jungle. From a tiny mouse to an enormous elephant, the eaten animals befriend one another in the belly of the snake, where they team up and kick the inside of the python until he spits them out. This humorous tale about manners, respect, and friendship will delight readers!

  • Duckworth, the Difficult Child - Duckworth’s parents think he is a difficult child, so when a snake slides right up and swallows him whole, his parents don’t believe him! What’s poor Duckworth to do? Duckworth is a difficult child. At least that’s what his parents think. So when Duckworth tries to explain that a gigantic snake slithered out of his closet, his parents insist it’s all in his head—he is far too old to be imagining such nonsense. (And will he please do his chores?) But even when the cobra slides right up and swallows Duckworth whole, his parents remain unconvinced! (Where did he find that snake costume, and will he please put it away?) What’s poor Duckworth to do when his parents just won’t listen? With nods to the deliciously dark humor of Edward Gorey, Florence Parry Heide, and Jon Klassen, Michael Sussman and Júlia Sardà empathize with children everywhere who must find ways to deal with their difficult parents.

  • There's a Snake in My School! - From Number One bestselling picture book duo, David Walliams and Tony Ross, comes this ssssspectacularly funny picture book for children of 3 and up. Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet… Penelope the snake. Miss Bloat the headmistress doesn’t think snakes should be allowed in school. But Penelope has other ideas… Introducing a spectacularly slithery new picture book packed with mischief and mayhem from two superstars!

  • Where's the Baboon? - A companion volume to the acclaimed “Take Away the A,” this is picture book word play at its very best!

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Nate the Great and the Missing Birthday Snake
Written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Andrew Sharmat & illustrated by Jody Wheeler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
"Join the world’s greatest detective, Nate the Great, as he solves the mystery of his friend’s missing pet snake! Perfect for beginning readers and the Common Core, this long-running chapter book series will encourage children to problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! WILL THIS CASE SLITHER AWAY? Rosamond is having a birthday party for her cousin Lizzy! Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, are invited. So are Lizzy’s four pet snakes. Nate believes that a good detective knows his limits. Nate does not want to go to a birthday party filled with dangerous, slimy guests. But when one of these “guests” goes missing, Nate and Sludge must face their fears to save the day! "
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Snakes on a Train
Written & illustrated by Kathryn Dennis
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
An adorable board book full of sibilant sounds and other word play, Snakes on a Train is as fun for parents as it is for children, and sure to be a read-aloud hit. The conductor takes the tickets as the snakes start crawling on. The tracks are checked, the whistle blows. It's time to move along. Hissssssssssss goes the sound of the train.

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