Reading Level

Ages 3 - 7

Hardcover

40 Pages

Publisher

Crown Books for Young Readers
(January 15, 2019)

Illustrator

David Bucs - Email

Imagine spending your birthday at the museum! Join Mason and his friends on their scavenger hunt through all the exhibits that make any natural history museum so special. The perfect birthday gift for museum lovers and adventure-seekers alike!

Mason couldn’t wait to celebrate his birthday with a sleepover at the museum of natural history—his favorite place to visit.

Armed with headlamps for the dark hallways, a map, and a list of clues, Mason and his two best friends take off on a scavenger hunt through each hall of the museum. But they aren’t just trying to solve the clues. They’re scouting for the best place to spend the night.

Sleeping next to a T. rex in the Hall of Dinosaurs felt too scary. And sleeping with the monarch butterflies would probably tickle. This decision isn’t as easy as Mason thought it would be….

Wherever they end up, the museum at night is the best place for a birthday adventure!


"I think sleeping over at any kind of museum — science, natural history, curiosity — is every kid’s dream come true. To be able to explore without the crowds and not have to be quiet and have cake is pretty awesome. Sleepover at the Museum realizes this dream and sends imaginations flying."

Cracking the Cover

"Go on a scavenger hunt through the Museum of Natural History with birthday boy Mason and his friends. The trio are searching for the best place to spend the night, and while the T.rex looks too scary, bunking with the monarch butterflies probably isn’t a good idea either."

NJ Family

"My son, Isaac, is 6 and he wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up. Like a lot of his peers, he loves dinosaurs. What I like about this book is that it features a birthday party sleepover at a museum with pre-historic animal facts as clues to a the characters' scavenger hunt game. The idea of experiences as gifts is a subtle undertone in this story, which is also the focus of MetroFamily's gift guide this year. Early elementary kids who like to learn about animals will enjoy what is a quick read that's entertaining."

Metro Family Magazine

"Overall, This is a whale of a tale to hopefully inspire more museum trips for children and spark some inquisitive minds. Verdict: A good selection to pique children's interest in a scientific field, as well as inspire them to have their own adventures."

School Library Journal

"I really liked the bright illustrations – it’s sure to make you want to visit your own local museum after seeing Mason and his friends explore theirs. I thought the clues were really fun, and they weren’t all easy, so you definitely learn a lot too. One thing I thought was cool is that the end papers are a map of the museum, so be sure to point that out to the little ones if you read the book."

Shooting Stars Magazine

"This book would be great for the little museum lovers in your life!"

A Bookish Affair

"My five-year-old niece is in love with this book and, since first reading it, has talked non-stop about visiting a museum. Sleepover at the Museum is sure to entertain, excite, and educate little readers everywhere!"

Word Spelunking

"The story moves at a good pace, and readers can also trace the action on the endpapers, which offer attractive, detailed floor plans of the museum, along with a key identifying 12 locations featured in the book."

Booklist

"Once they read this fun book with their children, the whole family will be inspired to find a great museum to explore together!"

Susan Heim on Parenting

"This book really makes me want to have a sleepover at the Museum of Natural History even as an adult! That would be so much fun. The illustrations are bright and full of bold colors and really captures the rooms in the museum. This picture book is definitely on my top 10 of 2019 and I’m pretty sure it will stay there."

Picture Books to YA

"David Bucs did a stellar job with the illustrations and made the museum come to life at night. We all agree this book is a keeper! Five golden stars from the Royals!"

Caffeinated Reviewer

"Karen LeFrak's Sleepover At The Museum is a fun picture book to introduce young children to museums and all of the exciting things that can be found at a museum. The book offers a variety of activities to enhance the reading experience with the book. I always found picture books to be a rich supply of lesson activities for my early childhood classroom teaching career."

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Riddles

Solve each riddle below and click on them to reveal the answers. Then use the map to see where each animal, item, or artifact can be found in the museum.

Bright colors warn of danger there
He’s small but harmful, so beware!

POISON DART FROG in the HALL OF BIODIVERSITY

Their heads on necks as high as trees
Help them to see their enemies.

GIRAFFES in the HALL OF AFRICAN MAMMALS

These mammals from the ocean blue
Have belly buttons, just like you.

BLUE WHALE in the HALL OF OCEAN LIFE

A favorite place has age-old bones
And fossils found in rocks and stones.

DINOSAUR HALL

Some lights make darkened halls we fear
Brighter than they first appear.

HEADLAMPS OR FLASHLIGHTS in the DISCOVERY ROOM

Tiny lights so very high
Making patterns in the sky.

CONSTELLATIONS in the HALL OF EARTH AND SPACE

In this large hall you can find,
Things of stone from first mankind.

TOOLS from the HALL OF HUMAN ORIGINS

A plant from the Nile
Cut, flattened, pressed tight
Provided a surface
On which they could write.

PAPYRUS from the HALL OF ANCIENT EGYPT

Hungry little crawling things
Later have such fancy wings.

CATERPILLARS in the BUTTERFLY PAVILION

Bonus Facts for Extra Fun

Sharks have a tongue referred to as a basihyal. The basihyal is a small, thick piece of cartilage located on the floor of the mouth of sharks and other fishes. It appears to be useless for most sharks with the exception of the cookiecutter shark.

While most birds have four toes the ostrich only has two. This appears to be an adaptation for running. However, they run on just one toe with the second used for balance.

A black spot on an inside surface of its hind wing distinguishes the male Monarch butterflies from the females that have no such spot.

There are more stars in space than grains of sand on the Earth.

Octopuses have 3 hearts.

A lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles (8 km) away.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

Every star you see in the night sky is bigger and brighter than our sun.

Stars don’t twinkle.

Pearls are the only jewels created by a living animal.

A Stegosaurus had a brain the size of a walnut.

The foot has more bones than any other part of the human body.