Not long ago, in a land very near, a parent wanted bedtime stories with a point.
If you’re that parent, look no further! This book has fourteen stories that are: relevant, fun, contemporary, short, and geared toward a particular virtue.
As a parent of young boys, Savannah Bloom found read-aloud stories to either be 1) antiquated fairy tales, 2) Chicken Soup with extra cheese, or 3) contemporary and fun, but without a moral lesson. She felt trapped by these choices.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…then his helpers give up.
Little Miss Muffet sat on a…what’s it?
Jack goes up a beanstalk(?) and robs a giant…three times?
5-Minute Marvel/Paw-Patrol/Disney/Princess stories? What about stories with human characters like my kids – normal kids who learn tried-and-true, real-to-life virtues for everyday life?
So, Mrs. Bloom set out to write 5-Minute Modern Day Bedtime Stories to fill a void for parents wanting to use the vital bedtime routine to both entertain modern children and teach valuable character to their little ones.
She wanted to provide parents like her with read-aloud stories that…
…make sense to today’s children.
…are witty, fun, and entertaining.
…and are short, so you can go do adult things.
Her first collection promotes character traits such as: Honesty, Self-Control, Helpfulness, Kindness, Positivity, Persistence, Gratitude, Cleanliness, Hard Work, and more, all while containing several features that parents will appreciate:
• Optional fun and serious questions to discuss with your child to ensure the lesson hits home.
• Human protagonists only, because research shows that kids learn character best from other kids – not anthropomorphic animals (Larsen, Lee, Ganea. Developmental Science, 2017.)
• All original stories, though some parallel old favorites (example: The Boy Who Cried Drone).
• Whimsical and fantastic vibe through use of technology (drones, portals, virtual reality, etc) with just enough plausibility to spark STEM dreams.
• No illustrations to incentivize kids to lay in bed, close their eyes, and fully engage their imaginations rather than demand you awkwardly position the book to show them every picture.