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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Why do we sleep? How do sharks snooze? 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!


Audiobook narrated by Joanna Lumley!

What better way for a child to drift off to sleep, than the voice of Joanna Lumley reading a magical and really true 5-minute bedtime story!

Listen to a sample story “Why do we sleep?”

Release date: Thursday 15th October


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


Joanna Lumley

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

Robin Brooks, GeekDad

“The parcelling 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.”

Big Issue North

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

The Telegraph

"Why do we sleep? Where is the oldest bed in the world? How do sharks snooze underwater? This compendium of 30 Britannica-verified true stories about bedtime takes you on a journey of wonder and learning to find out the answers to all this and more."

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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