Sydney The Sloth

Sydney the Sloth is a bright, fun, beautifully illustrated book about a sloth called Sydney who dreams of being a salsa dancer. Sydney tries to salsa but finds he is too slow and all that dancing makes him sleepy.

Sydney the Sloth encourages children to follow their dreams (even when others think they’re silly), to never give up, and to try regardless of the risk of failure all whilst working on their ‘S’ sound. 

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Sydney the Sloth

Do sloths belong on the stage? This sloth thinks so. Sydney the sloth loves to salsa but it doesn’t come easy for a Sloth. Can Sydney find a way to make his passion work?

Sydney doesn’t give up and looks for ways his salsa can be speedy and sassy just like it is in his dreams. You can join Sydney in his journey and practice your ‘S’ sounds along the way.

Sydney the Sloth was inspired by Dannielle’s son’s speech journey, learning his different speech sounds and the difficulties that he has faced along the way.  As a mother who has helped her child through 5 years of Speech Therapy, she know’s how hard it can be to keep your child positive and motivated in the process.  So decided to help other families like mine by getting quality, affordable resources into homes and add some sneaky speech development practice into storytime.

The Speech Sounds Series books each have a specific sound focus, the alliteration and repetition make them a fun yet educational read for you and your little one. Your child will enjoy this story of a determined sloth following his dream. A fun story beautifully illustrated to take 2-5 year olds on a ‘S’ sound journey.

We are proud supporters of Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation's Share-A-Book (SAB) project. Your donations provide books to Indigenous, refugee and marginalised communities in need of resources in targeted regions across Australia.

Dannielle Pickford

What do parents say?

Hear what parents have to say about how our books are helping children learn, grow, and thrive.

“My 4 year old is very interested in reading now and this kind of book with specific set of sounds is very helpful at early reading stage. The illustrations are colorful and cute too! Lovely book!”


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“Cute story with lots of S sounds with Sydney the Sloth along with cute drawings to match. Will check out more from the series.


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