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: Tuesday 13th 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

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Series: Britannica 5-Minute Really True Stories (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Britannica Books (October 13, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1912920654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912920655
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 10.5 inches


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 youngThe 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.”

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. 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."

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. 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."

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?

"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."

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