Britannica 5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime

Illustrator: Various

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Britannica Books

Britannica 5-Minute Really True Stories Series

Age 4+

Children's & Young Adult Reference Material

Offering a nonfiction option for families who love 5-minute story collections, this one approaches nonfiction in a brand new way.

Nonfiction-loving children whose busy families only have 5 minutes for a bedtime story will now be able to chose from a wide array of bedtime-related information. From a sweet story about polar bear hibernation to what our brains do when we sleep, from weirdest places to go to bed (tethered to the wall in the International Space Station or bivouacked on a cliff face) to sleep hours in the days before electric lights, the world record for how long someone has managed to stay awake, the tallest bed in the world, and the animals that sleep the most, this book will keep kids riveted and begging for more.


Britannica Group is a global education leader with over 250 years of dedication to seeking out facts and providing insight into the mysteries of the universe. Britannica’s mission to inspire curiosity and the joy of learning helps build the world’s future thinkers and innovators.


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.

Geek Dad

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.

Geek Dad

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.

The Telegraph

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

Big Issue North

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.” – Joanna Lumley, 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 Telegraph

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