SubTopic: Reptiles

  Box Turtle at Long Pond

by William T. George

HARDCOVER
Animals : Reptiles

One day in the life of a box turtle is lyrically recounted with stunning, realistic, close-up illustrations that detail its moves, its searches for food and encounters with other inhabitants of the pond.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Chameleons are Cool

by Martin Jenkins

HARDCOVER
Animals : Reptiles

This amusing portrait of chameleons complemented by colorful, close-up, ink-and-watercolor illustrations provides fascinating information about their behavior and unique physical characteristics such as color changing, eye swiveling and sharpshooting of their long tongues.

        Grades: 1st to 3rd

  Into the Sea

by Brenda Guiberson

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Reptiles

The life cycle of a female sea turtle from the night it hatches on a moonlit beach and crawls to the ocean where it grows, then after more than twenty years instinctively returns to the place of its birth will engage young readers by the vivid, striking illustrations and direct prose. The turtle's travels and encounters with other ocean creatures form a lucid foundation of information about oceanography as well as endangered species.

      Grades: 1st to 3rd

  National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Reptiles

by John L. Behler

PAPERBACK
Animals : Reptiles
Field Guides & Activity Books 

This field guide provides an excellent, basic introduction to the world of reptiles -- their behavior, physical characteristics, evolution and habitats -- complemented by vivid, color photographs of various reptile species found in North America.

        Grades: 3rd & Up

  Snakes Are Hunters

by Patricia Lauber

PAPERBACK
Animals : Reptiles

Simple drawings and a lucid description of the physical characteristics and behavior of these reptiles provide a basic introduction to the world of snakes, in particular the garter snake and the rattlesnake, and their roles both as predator and prey.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 4th

  Turtle Tide

by Stephen R. Swinburne

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Reptiles

Turtle Tide brings readers into the fascinating world of the endangered sea turtle, an ancient reptile that has survived since the times of the dinosaurs. The narrative opens in the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean where a loggerhead sea turtle is swimming to the beach where many years ago she was born. She crawls ashore, carefully lays her eggs, and then returns to the sea. The narrative continues following the fate of the one hundred eggs the mother turtle covered with sand in a dune, as some hatch, emerge from the hole and scuttle across the open beach to their ocean home, whereas most fall prey to hungry raccoons, ghost crabs, birds and fish. Weaving lyrical prose with factual information, Swinburne’s narrative is complemented by dramatic watercolor illustrations, many showing close-ups vividly depicting the world of the endangered sea turtle and the struggle for survival of the young hatchlings.

      Grades: 2nd to 5th