Snakes and turtles are not common household pets, but here in the Bay Area anything is possible! In fact, there are some popular vivariums that sell reptile pets, as well as Python Ron and other reptile experts who visit schools and libraries to discuss these fascinating animals. Here are some favorite stories about reptiles which include snakes, turtles, and alligators. An easy craft idea is to make Turtle Tossers using a paper plate colored green, then attach a head and four feet. Spiral snakes are also easy and popular.
Aliki. USE YOUR HEAD, DEAR. Charles the alligator forgets to do his chores, makes a mess, and his mother reminds him repeatedly to “Use your head, dear.”
Galdone, Paul. THE MONKEY AND THE CROCODILE. In this brief folktale from India, a croc tries to trick a monkey into being his dinner.
Gomi, Taro. THE CROCODILE AND THE DENTIST. Both the dentist and his croc patient are afraid in this brief, repetitive text that humorously reminds kids to brush their teeth.
Gralley, Jean. VERY BORING ALLIGATOR. A little red haired girl can’t get the alligator to leave in this delightful rhythmic story, with lots of repetition.
Hurd, Thacher. MAMA DON’T ALLOW. Miles and his band play at the Alligator Ball in this “Reading Rainbow” selection.
Lionni, Leo. CORNELIUS. A croc is hatched from an egg, and walks upright.