5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime

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

Why do we sleep? How do sharks snooze underwater? Where is the oldest bed in the world?

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For curious children with lots of questions, this is the perfect bedtime book! In this compendium of 5-minute really true stories about bedtime, you can go on a journey of wonder and learning to find out the answers to all these questions, and many more!


NOTE: You can purchase your copy now and we will deliver it to you at the beginning of September as soon as it is in stock

Publication date: Thursday 15th October 2020


Travel to Ancient Egypt to explore the beds of Tutankhamun, jet off into space to see how astronauts get ready for bed, or even plunge underwater to learn how hibernating turtles breathe through their bottoms! There are 30 amazing 5-minute stories for all curious children and their parents, developed in conjunction with experts at Britannica.

Lavishly illustrated on every page with specially commissioned artwork, and packed full of up-to-the-minute, expert information, this book is the ultimate brainy bedtime companion for children aged 4 to 8.

Developed by: Sally Symes

Text by: Sally Symes, Jackie McCann, Jen Arena and Rachel Valentine

Illustrations by: Amy Grimes, Anneli Bray, Christine Cuddihy, Jacqui Lee, Joanne Liu, Katie Rewse, Katie Wilson, Maddy Vian, Natalie Smillie and Olivia Holden

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Britannica Books (15 Oct. 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1912920646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912920648


Big Issue North

"This beautifully illustrated anthology occupies a curious space between a reference book and bedtime fables."

Joanna Lumley, The Telegraph

“I’m all for make-believe but there is something thrilling about facts that are often stranger than fiction. Reading and being read aloud to are almost the mainstays of life, they will always give you somewhere to escape. When things are bad or too much to bear, particularly now in this time of infection, a book is the best place to turn.”

Claire Allfree, The Telegraph

"A brightly illustrated anthology of short factual pieces on the theme of 'night', from how sharks sleep, to what causes the Northern Lights."

The Times

“Nonfiction lovers will enjoy these short and intriguing pieces about the night: the starry skies, record-breaking beds, space travel, nocturnal jobs and animals.”

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