S is for Snake . . . slippery snakes slowly slithering, swiftly striking, or simply strolling.
Snakes . . . love them or hate them.
Snakes . . . subject of authors in fiction and fact.
Snakes are definitely not this writer’s favorite creature, but they are hard to resist in creative children’s books like “The Gum Chewing Rattler” (Hayes), “Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll” (Ireland), or “Snake Alley Band” (Nygaard).
At the Hamburg Public Library, there are stories which feature specific types of snakes. “Verdi” (Cannon), for example, is the saga of a python who doesn’t want to turn green.  
“The Great Snake Escape” (Coxe) features a helpful King Cobra.  In “Small Green Snake,” (Gray) the curiosity of a garter gets him in trouble just like his mother warned him.  
A giant water snake and a bunny make for unusual roommates in “Sylvie & Tru” (McPhail), while “Mother’s Day Surprise” highlights the talent of a young rattlesnake.  In two wonderfully illustrated books, “Jimmy’s Boa and the Big Splash Birthday Bash” and “Jimmy’s Boa and the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk” (Noble),  readers are entertained by the antics of a very talented pet boa constrictor.  
For a different perspective, the library has “Sacagawea and the Bravest Deed” (Krensky), “Animal Noses,” (Schwartz), and “Animals Skin & Scales” (Schwartz).
In a twist on a familiar story a snake, scorpion, toad, bat, cockroach, spider and rat tell how they witnessed the birth of the Christ Child in “We Were There:  a Nativity Story” (Bunting).
Snakes have slithered their way into children’s poetry, riddles, and rhymes as well.  “Plum” (Mitton) is a book of children’s poems including “The Snake and the Apple.”  Found in the book of rhymes “The Frog Wore Red Suspenders” (Prelutsky) is the poem “Seven Snails and Seven Snakes.”  If you’ve read “Simms Taback’s Great Big Book of Spacey Snakey Buggy Riddles” (Hall), you know the answer to the riddle—What do snakes put on their kitchen floors?   If not, you’ll learn the answer is “rep-tiles!”
Snake tales appear in short story form, too.  “The Barefoot Book of Princesses” (Matthews) includes the retelling of “The Horned Snake’s Wife,” an Iroquois story.  A large print book “A Loving Voice:  a caregiver’s book of read-aloud stories for the elderly” (edited by Carolyn Banks) includes “Everybody has a Snake Story” by B. Hoffman.
Now if you are looking for snake facts and photos, we can guide you to the junior section for “Snake” (Mattison), “Snakes and Other Reptiles” (Osborne), or “Amazing Crocodiles & Reptiles” (Ling).  In addition, you’ll find “What’s Hatching Out of the Egg?” (Lauber), “Mini Monsters:  Nature’s Tiniest and Most Terrifying Creatures” (Hammond), and “Why Do Snakes Hiss?  and Other Questions About Snakes, Lizards, and Turtles” (Holub).
Nearly all of the books are AR books and they range in level from “We Were There” at  2.0 to “Snake” at 9.7.
Snakes can provide entertaining reading matter in fact and fiction..  We hope you’ll stop by the Hamburg Public Library and discover it for yourself.  Library hours are Monday to Thursday 12-5, Friday 11-5, Saturday 9-12, and Monday evening 7-8:30.