5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime

This compendium of 5-minute really true stories is the ultimate brainy bedtime companion for young children!

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Kitty Flynn, The Horn Book Inc.

“These bedtime ‘stories’ offer short, engaging chapters on all manner of things sleep-, bed-, and night-time related … With ten different illustrators and four authors, the collection manages to maintain a cohesive look and tone throughout; both text and art are playful and informative.”

Karen Rigby, Foreword Reviews

"The book’s logical opening explains why sleep is important, how it happens, and about the mysteries of dreaming. Questions arise to invite the audience to think further, while enthusiastic lessons make the introduced concepts fun ... The entries of Britannica 5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime brim with science, history, and human creativity to leave audiences begging for more."

Kirkus Reviews

"The painted illustrations on every page are consistent in their bright hues and simple cartoon style. Human figures are diverse in dress and racial presentation, and nearly everyone (animals included) smiles."

School Library Journal

"The text provides a credible look at facts from various cultures and time periods. The 'What Are Dreams?' section discusses the science of dreams as well as the cultural significance of dream catchers. The extensive back matter includes sources, an index, a glossary, and biographies of all the contributors. The volume is thorough, and each short section is straightforward. Each informational excerpt is like a lullaby without a song. VERDICT This collection will have kids snoring in the best kind of way."

San Francisco Book Review

"The stories in this book will not only settle youngsters down for the night but also teach them a lot ... The writing is lively and fun, the subject matter is varied and about things kids care about, and each story is just right in terms of length. Every page has wonderful illustrations that support the stories, with plenty of details to keep little ones engaged with the book. This will be a welcome addition to any bedtime book collection.”

Joanna Lumley

"Fabulous! This book will make bedtime truly magical."

ABC 33/40 News

“Educate your children through a story.”


“This compendium of night-related knowledge told in fascinating story form takes kids to Ancient Egypt to explore the beds of Tutankhamun, then off into space to see how astronauts get ready for bed, and even under water to learn how hibernating turtles breathe through their butts. There are 30 amazing 5-minute stories, with all facts verified by Britannica.”

Robin Brooks, GeekDad

“The parceling up of information into easily digestible chunks is such a great idea ... By breaking things down into bedtime-story sized chunks, and backing the stories up with delightful illustrations, the Really True Stories for Bedtime delivers perfectly edible nuggets of information.”

Robin Brooks, GeekDad

"5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime is a novel take on children’s non-fiction; it’s a lovely book perfect for inquisitive children, everywhere. The magic of fiction at bedtime is irreplaceable, but books like this show how true stories can wow too."

Asia McLain, BuzzFeed

“This book has 30 amazing 5-minute stories with great illustrations and all facts verified by Britannica. If you have a kid like one of my daughters, who prefers reading about science, history, and ‘things that actually happened,’ this one's a winner.”

Youth Services Book Review

"The stories although informative use language that would not overwhelm the reader formulated into short paragraphs on the pages. The stories cover topics from the very technical like exploring the stars we can see in the night to lullabies from around the world."

Books for MKs

“I love the illustrations in this book! The art style is colorful and clear, and the designs are really attractive. This would be such a fun book to read at bedtime with a curious kid who loves to find out about the world!”

Midwest Book Review

"Lavishly illustrated on every page with specially commissioned artwork, and packed full of up-to-the-minute, expert information, 5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime is the ultimate brainy bedtime companion for young children, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections."

San Francisco Book Review

“Bedtime is a great time to do some quiet reading with little ones. They often want more than one story, and this wonderful book not only gives readers 30 different options, but they are about true things that will fascinate the young."

Karen Rigby, Foreword Reviews

"This collection of short and true stories, compiled by the Encyclopaedia Britannica team, is a clever, engaging bedtime alternative that is literal when it comes to approaching the Land of Nod, sleep rituals, nature at night, and the graveyard shift."

School Library Journal

"This collection of bedtime stories is filled with snippets about sleep, beds, snoring, dreaming, world records, outer space, and the night sky. The text is conversational and engaging, and children will become well versed in everyday facts and obscure information on this familiar topic. The colloquial voice is relaxing and rhythmic. Various artists contributed to the illustrations; the dreamlike images feature a wide palette."

Rose Metayer, Youth Services Book Review

"This book feeds that inner curious child."

Kirkus Reviews

“What better way to induce drowsiness in young pillow plumpers than short, fascinating introductions to the bedding-down behavior of creatures?"

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