10 Awesome Kids' Books About Iguanas

 manana iguana

Manana, Iguana

A fun spin on The Little Red Hen, only this time the story is about a party-planning reptile. Iguana has a long list of tasks that need to be completed and it's going to take a group effort to pull off the celebration. Unfortunately, Tortuga, Culebra, and Conejo each have various excuses as to why they cannot help. When the day of the party arrives, the reptile refuses to allow the trio to join in the festivities. After the party is over, the friends come up with a plan to repair their friendship and make things right with Iguana.



Interesting Children's Iguana Books

These incredibly intricate creatures have anatomical structures that help them survive in tough environments for very long periods of time. Part of the reptile species and resembling miniature dragons,  they can swim like just crocodiles and alligators, but they prefer to live high in tree canopies. For the most part, they only descend to mate or lay eggs. Highly developed claws allow them to easily scale the tallest trees. They usually do not fall unless temperatures drop and they become comatose, causing their grip to loosen. When this does happen, iguanas normally do not get injured. The best children's books about iguanas share all of the incredible ways these creatures navigate their natural habitat and the environment they require to survive as pets at home. 


i wanna iguana

I Wanna Iguana

A humorous exchange between a boy and his mother details their arguments in favor of and against adopting a pet iguana. A determined child has done his homework, and is armed with all kinds of information about how to care for a baby reptile. His weary mother can only imagine the small green lizard growing into a pet too big to handle. The back and forth debate continues, peppered with funny retorts and some helpful iguana facts. Kids will be curious to find out who wins.


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Amazing Animals: Iguanas

An excellent non-fiction book filled with amazing photography. All of the anatomical detail is on full display for kids to explore. Young readers will learn what iguanas like to eat and all about their natural habitats. This highly informative book is packed with definitions and facts about how these big lizards socialize, survive, reproduce, and thrive. There is also some fun trivia, like how they can drop from high in the trees without a single scratch or injury. For added engagement, a North American folktale is shared.


 iguana be a dragon

Iguana Be a Dragon

The character in this story wants to be a different kind of animal. He has a distorted view of himself and believes his strengths fall short compared to all the other animals in his neighborhood. Using a little creativity, the iguana tries to become a big, fire-breathing dragon. Along this journey of self-discovery, he learns to embrace everything that makes him special. A fantastic book with a valuable lesson about being true to yourself.



bringing back the blue iguana 

Bringing Back the Blue Iguana

The blue iguana once thrived on the Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean Sea. When people started visiting the island, the species started dying off due to loss of habitat and introduction of non-native predators to the island. An initiative was established to restore the population of the blue iguana, the largest and one-time prolific reptile inhabitant.

 mabel's topsy-turvy homes

Mabel's Topsy-Turvy Homes

Mabel's life is turned upside down when her parents get divorced. She now splits her time between two different homes. Furthermore, Mabel is feeling upset and anxious about her family that is forever changed. When it is her turn to take care of the class pet, Mabel learns that maybe having multiple homes isn't so bad after all.



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Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend

Rica has just learned that her best friend is moving. Laini will not be easily replaced, but a new pet may just help with Rica's loneliness once her friend is gone. The only problem is that her parents are not supportive of bringing an animal into the home. Rica has proposed adding a pet llama, kinkajou, or iguana to the mix, none of which her parents will allow. So the bright and determined girls craft a plan to make Rica's dream come true. A heartwarming story of friendship and persistence.

day of the iguana

Day of the Iguana

Hank Zipzer is procrastinating again. He has a big science report due tomorrow. Although he likes learning about science, he does not like to write reports. So he turns on the TV instead and tries to get lost in some good shows. Pretty soon Hank has accidentally stumbles upon the perfect science experiment for his report when he takes apart the cable box. Then his sister's pet lays eggs inside the exposed box. Hank has to figure out how to get out of this catastrophe before his TV watching is ruined permanently. A fun, fast-paced chapter book for kids who are ready to move up from picture books.



the new girl and me

The New Girl....and Me

For every kid who has ever started at a brand new school or struggled with making friends, this story provides just the right inspiration. Shakeeta and Mia form a special bond over a shared interest in a pet iguana. They stick together when the mean girls exclude them from a soccer game and deal with other social conflict. Simple, sweet, and reassuring story with a message that will resonate with lots of school-age children. 



the unpetables

The Unpetables

Short chapters and plentiful illustrations are a winning combination for kids making the leap from picture books. A pig and iguana are sick and tired of living in the captive environment of a petting zoo. They hatch plans to escape from all the curious onlookers and hit the streets in search of a better life free of constant petting.


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Iguana Stories Are Filled With Fun Facts

Oversized lizards are fascinating to watch in close environments. Little reptile enthusiasts will enjoy reading non-fiction titles full of facts about iguanas as well as fun fictional stories about these interesting creatures. Iguanas are often misrepresented in children's stories, often behaving as lovable pets and companions. The reality is that they do not like to be held, touched, or otherwise in physical contact with humans. Before buying a pet, make sure to read to your kids about caring for iguanas so that your family has a more accurate understanding of what to expect when caring for a small reptile. 

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