It’s that time again – bedtime.
The day is coming to a close and everyone is tired.
Except your child. Who seems to be wide awake and ready to party.
“Just ONE more story! Pllllleeeease, mommy!”
So, you give it some thought and say, “ok, sure.”
Reading is a great way to end the day with your child and you want to foster that curiosity.
But then comes the Choosing of the Story and The Questions and The Stalling.
And now it’s way past bedtime and everyone is still awake.
Reading with your kids before bed can be such a magical time. The goal is to get everyone calm, relaxed, and ready for rest.
If you are feeling like storytime with your child has become anything but, check out our Beginner’s Guide to Raising Readers for tips on getting the most out of reading together!
Choosing the right book is a big part of the equation, and 5-minute stories are the perfect solution to the bedtime book dilemma.
I first discovered these books a few years ago when my daughter was in her Peppa Pig everything phase….and I mean, everything!
She saw this book on the shelf at Target and we just had to bring it home. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the stories didn’t stink and that there were lots more versions available!
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5 reasons you will love 5-minute stories
1. Recognizable characters
It’s always fun to have an adventure with your child’s favorite character! I have picked up our copies of these books during phases when my daughter was really into whatever character at the time. Whether Disney princesses, Peppa, or Pixar, there’s a 5-minute storybook for every kid.
2. Time-saving stories
Each chapter is a complete story that really does take just 5 minutes to read so you won’t feel bad about saying “yes” to one more story! Saving times doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. There is also a handy table of contents so you can quickly find your favorite story.
3. Great gift idea
They also make great gifts! I love giving books at birthdays and Christmas because it’s something my kids and I can share together that won’t end up at the bottom of the toy bin a few weeks later. With the numerous character options, you can find something most kids ages 3-8 will love!
Some of the best-selling 5-minute storybooks on Amazon
4. Easy on your wallet
Because these books contain multiple stories in one, they provide amazing value. Picture books aren’t cheap, but with these you get the equivalent of several books at a comparable cost to most stand-alone picture books. Yay, for budget books!
5. Sturdy construction
Since these books are hardcover and large in size, they are tougher to destroy! I can read these books with my 4-year and 8-month old and not worry about the book being ruined which is a huge win for me.
So many reasons to love 5-minute stories! A life-saver for when you’re short on time but want to read just a few minutes more.
They are sturdy, make great gifts, and are perfect for saving time and money while still getting a great reading experience.
The illustrations are bright and I find the stories engaging without being too cheesy. It’s also nice as the mom to have some options – if one of the stories is getting a little old, we can switch to another one without much fuss 😉