Toothy Tales

 Chomp! Toothy Tales to Bite Back the "Summer Slide." 

 "The researchers concluded that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during elementary school. This achievement level is a huge determinant of whether students stay in school and follow a college-preparatory track."

Johns Hopkins University Researchers
Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson (2007)



Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite  Nicola O'Byrne

A crocodile falls into a quiet storybook and wreaks havoc on the characters, in a tale that invites youngsters to slam the book shut or find the courage to take a peek inside. 

 I'd Really Like to Eat a Child  Sylviane Donnio


A scrawny little crocodile wants the opportunity to bite off more than he can chew. He's tired of bananas; today he'd like to eat a child. But he's smaller than he thinks, and the little girl he chooses for his first meal puts him in his place...she picks him up and tickles his tummy! The little crocodile is going to have to eat a lot of bananas and grow a lot bigger before he can add children to his menu! Simple yet hilarious artwork brings this droll story to life.

 Winston and George John Miller

This is the story of a crocodile and a crocodile bird. These animals exist in a symbiotic relationship. Crocodile birds pick leeches and lice from the crocodile's skin and cry out whenever they see danger. In this story, Winston is a patient crocodile, George is a prankster, and their story is both sweet and dramatic. 

The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water


Meet a most unusual crocodile! Everybody knows that crocodiles love water, but this little crocodile is different -he doesn't like it at all! He tries to his best to change, but when attempt at swimming causes a shiver then a sneeze, could it be that this little crocodile isn't a crocodile at all? A hilarious and uplifting story about being yourself from a talented debut author-illustrator!

 Gator Gumbo : A Spicy-Hot Tale Candace Fleming

A new take on The Little Red Hen - Cajun style Poor Monsieur Gator is getting old and is moving so slow he can't catch himself a taste of possum or otter, or even a whiff of skunk. Day after day those animals tease and taunt him until, finally, he decides to cook up some gumbo just like Maman used to make. But who will help him boil, catch, sprinkle, and chop? Certainly not rude Mademoiselle Possum, ornery Monsieur Otter, or sassy Madame Skunk. But when the gumbo is ready, they're more than eager to enjoy the result of Gator's hard workand as they run to get a taste, "Slurp! Slip! Plop! Them animals go into the pot." "Mmm-mmm," says Monsieur Gator. "Now, this is gumbo just like Maman used to make."Illustrated with wit and whimsy, this mischievous tale will have young readers laughing out loud.

 Snip Snap!: What's That? Mara Bergman

SNIP SNAP! SNIP SNAP! What's that?  Three siblings are frightened by the wide mouth, long teeth, and strong jaws of the alligator who has crept up the stairs; until, they decide they have had enough.

 There's an Alligator under My Bed Mercer Mayer.

The nightmare's gone, but what about that alligator? You have to be so careful getting in and out of bed! Maybe a midnight snack to lure him into the garage will do the trick. In this funny and beloved follow-up, Mercer Mayer faces another nighttime fear head-on.

 A Girl and Her Gator  Sean Bryan

Clairethe sister of the boy who one day woke up with a bunny on his headdiscovers that she too has a strange new condition: When she looks in the mirror, there is a gator in her hair! What is she to do? Panic? Run to Mother? Or, like her brother, learn to enjoy her new friend? With A GIRL AND HER GATOR Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy, the author and illustrator of A Boy and His Bunny, have once again worked their magic. In Claire, they have created an equally spunky and lovable character bound to delight and entertain young children and their parents.


Additional Resources

I found some great  songs and fingerplays on the Johnson County Library blog.

Crocodile, Crocodile Turn Around.

Crocodile, crocodile, turn around.

Crocodile, crocodile, touch the ground.

Crocodile, crocodile, dance on your toes.

Crocodile, crocodile, touch your nose.

Crocodile, crocodile, jump up now.

Crocodile, crocodile, take a bow.

Crocodile, crocodile, stomp your feet.

Crocodile, crocodile, take a seat. 

For Parents

Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide