Snooze-O-Rama: The Strange Ways That Animals Sleep

by Maria Birmingham (Author) Kyle Reed (Illustrator)

Snooze-O-Rama: The Strange Ways That Animals Sleep
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Discover the strange - and sometimes familiar - ways animals settle down for bed.

While you brush your teeth and turn out the light, animals all over the world are getting ready for bed in their own unique ways. Otters snuggle under seaweed blankets, plump walruses use their throat pouches as pillows, and just like putting on pajamas, parrotfish cover themselves with a coat of slime before bed.

Drawing on scientific research, this nonfiction book for young readers playfully compares the ways humans and animals prepare for a good night's sleep. On one page, a child dozes during a car ride or cuddles up to their parents in bed. Flip the page, and readers will delight in discovering how other creatures catch some z's.

Vibrant collage illustrations bring color and humor to the fascinating facts about animals both familiar and unusual. With lively descriptions of each animal's bedtime routine, Snooze-O-Rama is a playful introduction to STEM--and an invitation to sleep!

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PreS-Gr 3--Did you know that meerkat families sleep in a big comfy pile? Or that ants take quick naps up to 250 times each day? In this informational picture book, young readers discover all of the unusual and funny ways that animals get their rest. Each spread features an animal species on the verso with a human child on the recto, each engaging in their own nighttime routine. The tender illustrations employ rich, saturated colors. The snoozing animals have personalities but are realistically drawn. The children are depicted with light, tan, and dark skin tones and are engaged in recognizable and universal bedtime activities, such as cuddling a stuffed toy. Readers are encouraged to keep turning the pages in order to find out how the next animal sleeps in comparison to its human counterpart. A variety of mammal, bird, reptile, and insect species are featured. Whether feathered, furred, or pajamaed, snoozing is a top priority. VERDICT A fun and factual title, sure to be a bedtime favorite.--Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State Univ., OH

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JNF051150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Zoology
JNF003000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | General
JNF067000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JNF024120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Health & Daily Living | Daily Activities
Library of Congress categories
Sleep behavior
Animal behavior
Sleep behavior in animals

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