Sloth books for kids: 10 great story books about sloths

Are you looking for a sweet little story book to read to your sloth loving kids at night? Or are you a teacher looking for some books to fill your classroom library that will nicely supplement your rainforest teaching unit?

We’ve had a good slow look around and found what we think are the best story books about sloths. Check them out!

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Bedtime for Baby Sloth

There’s a lot that baby sloth needs to do before she can possibly go to bed. Sound familiar?

Snoozefest by Samantha Berger

A very cute and colorful rhyming story about a sloth who heads to Snoozefest. This gentle spoof of musical festivals will even keep parents amused (which is always a good thing when you have to read a book eleventy hundred times).

Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker

A sweet and funny story about the importance of taking things slow and not hurtling through life all the time. Great for preschoolers.


Super Sloth by Robert Starling

Superheroes are super fast! Sloths, not so much. So what is a sloth to do when he has big dreams about saving the world?

This is a sweet story about learning to use your natural strengths to your advantage.

Jellycat Cyril’s Big Adventure by Lizzie Walkley

Follow Cyril on his big adventure around a busy city. For those who want a more sensory experience, you can buy Cyril himself to cuddle up with while you read.

Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Super Sloth by Amelia Cobb

Part of the lovely series called Zoe’s Rescue Zoo, about a girl who lives with her mum (the zoo vet) at a zoo. Zoe can talk to the animals!

Perfect for any animal loving child, around the 5-7 year age bracket, to be read to. Or maybe a bit older if they prefer to read to themselves.

Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths by Graham Annable

Do you have a child that doesn’t love to read? Graphic novels, or comics, are usually a great way to introduce the joy of books to kids who don’t find reading fun. This is a fun tale about two sloth friends who go on an adventure to find a new tree after their last one is destroyed in a hurricane.

Lea Leads the Way (Girl of the Year) by Lisa Yee

Lea Clark was the American Girl doll Girl of the Year in 2016, and this is the book that tells her story. During a hike in the rainforest with her brother, Lea finds a badly injured baby sloth and must do all she can to help it survive. But is she doing the right thing?

Great for sloth lovers and American Girl doll appreciators.

Mervin the Sloth is about to do the best thing in the world by Colleen AF Venable

But what IS the best thing in the world??

This is a kind of quirky story book so check out the pictures to see if you like the style before you buy. But, you never know what’s going to appeal to kids -sometimes it’s what we least expect.


The Sloth who slowed us down by Margaret Wild

Margaret Wild was a favorite of my two kids when they were little. I swear I read Baby Boomsticks at least 1000 times.

Now Margaret has a book about a sweet sloth who helps a fast paced family slow down to appreciate what they have.

Do you have another favorite story book about sloths? Share it in the comments and share the sloth love with other storybook-loving, sloth-appreciating kiddos.

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