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.
Be sure to see our earlier Storytime list on Lizards. 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; you can find the instructions at Enchanted Learning.
Lowell, Susan. THE TORTOISE AND THE JACKRABBIT. A Southwestern version of Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare,” this is available in a bilingual Spanish/English edition.
Falwell, Cathryn. TURTLE SPLASH! COUNTDOWN AT THE POND. In this counting rhyme, similar in pattern to “Over in the Meadow,” the endnote spells out facts about pond ecology.
Hadithi, Mwenye. TRICKY TORTOISE In this African folktale, a tortoise tricks an elephant.
Waddell, Martin. HI, HARRY! A tortoise wants to play but everyone is too fast; who would be a good, slow playmate for Harry?