At the end of 2020, I reviewed Britannica Books 5 minutes of truly true bedtime stories. Now the editor is back with Truly true 5 minute stories for family time. It’s another great way to pass on the love of reading, culture, science and the world around us to young children.

What is 5 minutes of really true stories to spend time with family?

As you’d expect, the book is filled with short non-fiction “stories”. These are easy to read aloud and provide a starting point for discussion with your listeners. Each story has a theme, which can be a comparison of family life around the world, what people eat for breakfast, different table manners, or it can be a little scientific explanation like why it’s important to wash your hands before eating. There are 30 stories in total.

Each story is illustrated and the book covers a wide range of important family topics including births, deaths, marriages and game night! The final third of the book is devoted to the animal kingdom, examining how a range of animals live, survive, work and play.

At the end of the book you will find a glossary, a list of sources, an index and a description of the authors and illustrators of the book.

Why read 5 minutes of really true stories to spend time with family?

Just like its predecessor, Really true 5 minute stories for family time is a sweet way to share a non-fiction story hour with your children. It introduces them to cultural differences for common events around the world. The storage story alone is probably worth the cover price. “Look even on the other side of the world the children are tidying up their rooms.” (It may be optimistic that it will make a difference, but it’s worth a try!)

I greatly admire books that celebrate the differences between different people, while emphasizing what much of the world has in common (desperate parents and messy bedrooms to begin with). I like a good picture book for story time, but when you feel like changing it up a bit, books like Really true 5 minute stories for family time are invaluable.

If you would like a copy of Really true 5 minute stories for family time you can do it here in the US and here in the UK.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to write this review.

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