Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 5
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!
About the authors
MARIA BIRMINGHAM is a longstanding contributor to OWL and Chickadee magazines, and the award-winning author of several books for young people, including Acting Wild, Biometrics, and A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars. Maria lives in Brampton, Ontario.
KYLE REED has illustrated characters and worlds for children's books. He loved to draw animals as a kid and still draws them today in Hamilton, Ontario. Kyle loves a quick nap, usually covered with a quilt.
- Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens
"A clever bedtime read ... books like this help to bridge the gap between humans and the rest of the planet."
"This is a fine information book for reading aloud at bedtime. The design is lovely, the illustrations are bright and inviting."
Sal's Fiction Addiction
"A fun and factual title, sure to be a bedtime favorite."
School Library Journal
"The text’s tone is lighthearted, with humorous word choices conveying fascinating facts ... Quirky, informative, and far from soporific."
"The style of the book makes it easy to be interactive with young readers ... This would make a great book to read before bed."
Youth Services Book Review
"Impressively informative, charmingly entertaining."
Midwest Book Review
"A fresh, appealing book perfect for bedtime read-aloud ... A neat, science-investigation starter for young readers."
Canadian Review of Materials
"Playful, comforting ... This book will have wide appeal with its cute animals and their unusual and often humorous adaptations."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Charming illustrations amplify the narrative and help support a text that will appeal to youngsters."