As a children’s librarian, I have the extreme joy of watching kids get excited and genuinely interested in learning about a wide variety of subjects. Their thirst for knowledge is ever growing, and it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to connect them with experiences to satiate their curiosities. One subject that never seems to fail in piquing the interest of inquiring minds is reptiles. There is just something about these (mostly) cold-blooded tetrapods that continues to fascinate people. While reptiles might not be for everyone, they are definitely a huge crowd pleaser for many.

Whether your interests lie in watching and learning more about these vertebrates from afar, or if you are keener on touching, holding, and observing them, there are opportunities galore at the library this summer for all levels of budding herpetologists.

For those who want an up-close and personal introduction to reptiles, Dr. Dave’s Reptile Safari will not disappoint. This program, which has already begun touring our libraries this summer, is a fun and interactive way to go on a global safari introducing you to an assortment of reptiles and amphibians that jump, slither, and crawl. There are still plenty of opportunities to join in on the safari at one of your local Kitsap Regional Libraries. Check out the upcoming performances happening at a library near you in July and August.

If you would rather travel through the world of these scaled reptilians through books, or you want to learn even more after attending Dr. Dave’s program, the library has you covered. Here are a few suggestions to feed those inquisitive minds:


Remarkable Reptiles by Lisa Herrington

Learn all about the reptiles living around us--everything from interesting facts to record holders!


Ultimate Reptileopedia: The Most Complete Reptile Reference Ever by Christina Wilsdon

A one stop guide to everything you have ever wanted to know about reptiles.


Everything You Need To Know About Snakes : and Other Scaly Reptiles by John Woodward

Explore the fascinating world of reptiles; from flying snakes to living dragons.






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