Are your kids fascinated by sloths? Let them explore these interesting creatures through books. Here are some great sloth books for kids. This collection includes both fiction and nonfiction titles.
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SLOTH BOOKS FOR KIDS
In no particular order, here are some great books about sloths for kids. I hope you find a new favorite!
Mindful Mr. Sloth
Sasha has one speed―fast. She loves to do lots of things, all at once, as fast as possible. Mr. Sloth has one speed―slow. He loves to do things one at a time, at a nice, easy pace. Can Mr. Sloth’s mindful ways teach Sasha to slow down and enjoy life?
The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down
When the speediest family in the world finds a sweet, slow sloth on their doorstep, they take him in. But, little do they know, their new pet has quite a bit to teach them. For Amy’s family, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Mom rushes through her work. Dad rushes through his chores. Even little Amy rushes through dinner. But Sloth does things slowly. He likes to take long, leisurely baths with lots and lots of bubbles, he plays drawn-out, imaginative games, and he eats his food slowly, enjoying one small bite at a time. After a few weeks of caring for their new pet, Amy’s family finds that they actually do have enough time to tell one another stories or go for long walks together after dinner—so long as they stop rushing around so much.
Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle
Though Sloth and Squirrel are good friends, they have different ways of doing things — and different speeds of doing them. So, when Squirrel gets them jobs as pickle packers to earn money for a new bike, things don’t go according to plan. It seems that the contrasting skill sets of a fast-as-lightening squirrel and a slow-as-molasses sloth can make for a mess of an outcome, and before long, the friends are shown the pickle factory’s door, along with the 677 1/2 jars of pickles they packed incorrectly! Now the pair are bicycle-less, with only pickles to show for themselves. Or so they think — until the resourceful pair come up with an ingenious plan!
Sloth Slept On
Who’s that sleeping in our tree? When a group of kids finds an animal happily napping in their backyard, they set out to discover what it is and where it belongs. As they search and search—never noticing all the posters and news articles about a sloth that’s broken out of the zoo—they finally discover the identity of the snoozing creature. And when sloth wakes up, it’s in for a BIG surprise!
Sparky stars a pet who has more to offer than meets the eye. When our narrator orders a sloth through the mail, the creature that arrives isn’t good at tricks or hide-and-seek . . . or much of anything. Still, there’s something about Sparky that is irresistible.
Today is Sloth’s big day. He’s excited. But he’s also nervous. What if something happens? What if NOTHING happens? Sloth Went is a book about poop. But it’s also an adventure story about facing your fears, gaining independence, and learning to do what you have to. Even if, as in Sloth’s case, it takes a little while to get there.
Jasper and Ollie
Best friends Jasper and Ollie decide to go to the pool. On your mark, get set . . . WAIT! As Jasper races ahead—crashing into the mailman, speeding past the ice cream truck—Ollie takes his sweet time, pausing to admire a butterfly, smell a daisy, and help the mailman pick up his letters! With a clever design that shows Jasper’s hectic rush compared with Ollie’s casual stroll, this hilarious story allows young readers to easily recognize the differences between the two pals.
The Very Sleepy Sloth
Sloth sleeps a lot. His favorite thing to do is to take a nice, peaceful nap. But the other jungle animals are very busy and very noisy, too. Kangaroo is always jumping on her trampoline; Elephant is always lifting weights. However, Monkey finds out the hard way that he’s no good at lifting weights, and Elephant can’t jump on the trampoline very well. The animals learn that everyone does something best–and Sloth’s best talent is sleeping!
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth
Slowly, slowly, slowly . . . that’s the way the sloth moves. It eats and then, slowly, it falls asleep. “What strange kind of creature is this?” the other animals wonder. Why doesn’t it run or fly or play or hunt like the rest of us? “Why are you so slow?” the howler monkey inquires. But the sloth doesn’t answer any questions until the jaguar asks, “Why are you so lazy?”
All Things Sloths For Kids
Kids love these hilarious-looking creatures, and it’s easy to see why. Their awesome haircuts, smiling faces, and super s l o o o o w movements captivate the hearts of young and old! This colorful book, filled with amazing real-life images, combines fun with education to help you learn all about sloths.
In this DK chapter book for children you’ll trek deep into the South American rainforest in search of adorable sloths. Packed full of amazing animal facts, children will be fascinated to find out what makes this sleepy animal so slow, how they’re such expert swimmers, and why they look like they’re always smiling. These fascinating facts are paired with adorable photographs, providing an ideal balance of words and images for children learning to read.
Swing, Sloth! Explore the Rain Forest
Come along on an adventure through the rain forest. Along the way, you’ll meet new friends big and small, see amazing sights, and learn all about the creatures that make their home in the rain forest. Told in simple yet lively text built with sight words and using picture icons to aid reading, National Geographic Pre-Readers will enchant kids just beginning their journey with books.
This book from the Nature’s Children series offers a complete picture of the animal – from birth to adulthood – and describes its place in our world, including how humans impact it and its environment. Readers will follow these unique mammals as they use their long, strong limbs to climb through the treetops of South America’s jungle habitats. They will also discover what sloths eat, how they raise their young, and why they so rarely spend time on the ground.
Slow, Slow Sloths
Did you know that sloths sleep up to twenty hours a day? Or that they descend from their trees only once a week to go to the bathroom? In this Step 2 Science Reader, kids will learn all about this sleepy, slow-moving mammal with photos of adorable sloths throughout!
Be sure to download these free sloth bookmarks for students to use while reading their favorite books about sloths.
What are your favorite sloth books to read? Let me know so I can check them out!
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