Reptile Reading List

Fiction

Snappsy the Alligator: Did Not Ask to be in This Book!
Words by Julie Falatko
Pictures by Tim Miller
"Snappsy's ordinary day is interrupted by a meddling narrator." --Provided by the publisher.
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What's the Difference Between an Alligator and a Crocodile?
Words by Lisa Bullard
Pictures by Bandelin-Dacey
Do you know the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? One animal has a wide, rounded snout. The other animal's snout is thin and pointed. Find out which animal is which!
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Alligator Wedding
Words by Nancy Jewell
Pictures by J. Rutland
At the wedding of two alligators, held in the marshy glades of a bayou, guests slither and slide under a swampland moon.
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Alligator Boy
Words by Cynthia Rylant
Pictures by Diane Good
A boy puts on an alligator head and tail and is transformed into an alligator boy.
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Blue Chameleon
Words & Pictures by Emily Gravett
A lonely chameleon tries to change his color and shape to fit in with other animals, including the swirly snail, the pink cockatoo, and the green grasshopper, but he cannot find anyone that is just like him.
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The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye
Words & Pictures by Bruce Hale
When hired by a fellow fourth-grader to find her missing brother, Chet Gecko uncovers a plot involving a Gila monster's revenge upon the school football team.
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The Mixed-up Chameleon
Words & Pictures by Eric Carle
A bored chameleon wishes it could be more like all the other animals it sees, but soon decides it would rather just be itself.
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Quincy: the Chameleon Who Couldn't Blend In
Words & Pictures by Barbara DiLorenzo
Quincy wants to blend in at chameleon school but his daydreams always make him stand out, which is sometimes a good thing.
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Turtle Tug to the Rescue
Words & Pictures by Michael Slack
"From panicking puffins to entangled sperm whales, Turtle Tug is out to rescue all his sea-dwelling friends"-- Provided by publisher
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Tortuga in Trouble
Words by Ann Whitford Paul
Pictures by Ethan Long
Coyote is after turtle. Can the three amigos warn him in time? A fresh revamp of a classic tale; includes a glossary. (English with Spanish words)
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A Girl and Her Gator
Words by Sean Bryan
Pictures by Tom Murphy
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.
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Nnewts. Book One: Escape from the Lizzarks
Doug TenNapel
The peaceable life of a young "Nnewt" named Herk is shattered when a group of marauding Lizzarks invade his village.
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The Lizard of Oz
R.L. Stine
Kate Orton loves animals, especially unusual ones. So when she sees a pop-up ad on her computer for an amazing lizard from Australia, she has to have it.
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Lizards Tale
Weng Wai Chan
It's Singapore in 1940, war is just around the corner, but twelve-year-old Lizard doesn't know that.
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The Turtle of Oman
Naomi Shihab Nye
When Aref refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.
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Non-Fiction

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
Words by Patricia Valdez
Pictures by Felicita Sala
A winning STEM title with vibrant depictions of amazing reptiles, including a Komodo dragon.
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Reptiles: A 4D Book
Jaclyn Jaycox
Meet giant snakes, venomous lizards, and other reptiles from around the world.
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Remarkable Reptiles
Lisa M. Herrington
A balance between light text that touts wondrous abilities and more formal fact-driven text.
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Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles
Jim Arnosky
Explains how to identify venomous snakes and their harmless cousins, where to find a 200-pound lizard, how to avoid becoming an alligator's lunch and features snake fangs, alligator claws, and turtle shells--all life-size!
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Sea Turtles
Mara Grunbaum
An introduction to sea turtles with gorgeous photographs.
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Catching Air: Taking the Leap with Gliding Animals
Sneed B. Collard, III
Only a select few animals are able to glide long distances through air, but they include an amazing variety-- even a few species of frogs and snakes.
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Tortoise, Tree Snake, Gator, and Sea Snake: What is a Reptile
Words by Brian P. Clearly
Pictures by Martin Goneau
Energetic rhyming text and zany cartoon illustrations.
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