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Who knew books about sloths were a thing? Behold the awesomeness of these sloth books for kids.

1. “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly” Said the Sloth

By Eric Carle

Kids love Eric Carle and parents get sick of that caterpillar; this book is not only a good read, but a quick read that’s appropriate for a wide age range.

ERIC CARLE

ERIC CARLE

This particular sloth keeps being asked why he is so slow and why he does things so slowly. And he takes it — until someone dares to call him lazy. At which point he stands up for himself and teaches kids to do the same.

2. Sparky

By Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans

A brand-new title by the creator of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore, paired with the illustrator who worked on the Coraline movie. This book is funny, sad and serious in turns.

Sparky - one of the five sloth books you need right now

SPARKY BY JENNY OFFILL AND CHRIS APPELHANS

A little girl is told she can get a pet as long as it doesn’t have to be walked, and various other restrictions. She winds up with a sloth.

Sparky tries to learn new tricks, one of the great sloth books.

 

Her overachiever know-it-all ‘friend’ is not impressed, so the girl goes on a mission to make her sloth do tricks. It doesn’t go very well, but it’s super sweet.

3. Lost Sloth

By J. Otto Seibold

This is the most fast-paced book about a sloth you’ll ever read! Sloth takes a sloth-like while to answer his phone, but when he does he finds out he’s won a prize. “Hurry Sloth!” says the book, and presumably your kid.

sloth books you need right now: a detail from Lost Sloth by J. Otto Seibold

J. OTTO SEIBOLD

And Sloth does, but it’s kind of a shit show.

SLOTH BOOKS FOR KIDS: A DETAIL OF LOST SLOTH BY J. OTTO SEIBOLD

LOST SLOTH BY J. OTTO SEIBOLD

This book is published by McSweeny’s and it’s definitely intended to amuse the parents as much as the kids.

4. Wake Up, Sloth!

By Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud

WAKE UP SLOTH, a gorgeous sloth pop up book

ANOUK BOISROBERT & LOUIS RIGAUD

Not shockingly, this is another book about a sloth who’s not too quick. But this book differs in many ways, because it is a beautiful arty pop-up book that’s as appropriate for an adult gift as it is delightful to little kids.

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ANOUK BOISROBERT AND LOUIS RIGAUD

Made by the people behind this ridiculously gorgeous pop-up book of oceans and boats and sea life, the aesthetic factor is also high on this one. This particular sloth nearly sleeps through his forest habitat being torn down by machines, so there’s also a cogent environmental lesson here.

5. Jeffrey and Sloth

By Kari-Lynn Winters

A Canadian sloth book to add to the list! Jeffrey is supposed to be doing his homework. But he has writer’s block, so instead he draws a sloth.

JEFFREY AND SLOTH

JEFFREY AND SLOTH BY KARI-LYNN WINTERS

The sloth comes to life. And in the end, Jeffrey learns about creativity, inspiration and imagination. And he gets his homework done. And there’s for real Canadian content in this book. And a sloth doodle, that is alive.

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is a Toronto writer, editor and mama who sometimes does things slowly, slowly, slowly.

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