The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Meghan Cox Gurdon is an essayist, book critic, and former foreign correspondent who has been The Wall Street Journal's children's book reviewer since 2005. Her work has appeared widely, in publications such as The Washington Examiner, The Daily Telegraph, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and National Review. A graduate of Bowdoin College, she lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband, Hugo Gurdon, and their five children.


"Parents and grandparents shouldn't miss The Enchanted Hour, but more important, we all need to heed this delightful book's wise advice: Please read to your kids. It's not the school's job to get our kids reading, it's our job - and it's a wonderful, magical act of love and caring."--James Patterson, international bestselling author
"Meghan Gurdon has given today's parents much needed wisdom to raise attentive and curious children in the Age of Distraction. I hope her book finds a huge audience."--Rosemary Wells, author of the Max and Ruby series
"Gurdon convincingly describes the importance and delight of sharing books with loved ones. . . . For anybody interested in reading, especially parents, teachers, caregivers, and librarians, this inspirational work proclaims its joys and rewards."--Library Journal (starred review)
"In her heartfelt first book, Gurdon makes an earnest... case for reading aloud.... An inspiring argument for sharing the joys of reading."--Kirkus Reviews
"An inspirational account that will make you want to grab a book and share it with someone you love."--Sun (UK)
"This book shines a light on the incredible power of reading aloud for everyone - not just children. . . . A joyous book that'll have you scrambling to the library."--Yours Magazine (UK)
"This wonderful audiobook is a fully enjoyable listen. . . . [Gurdon's] pacing is excellent, and her ability to maintain listener attention is impressive. . . . An important and engaging audiobook."--AudioFile Magazine
"Don't pick up this bewitching book! It's so enchanting you won't be able to put it down."--Mem Fox, author of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Reading Magic
"The Enchanted Hour enthralled and inspired me in equal measure.... Meghan Cox Gurdon's book is the most charming, gentle encouragement to step away from your phone, and into the embrace of your family's most vivid imaginations."--Sarah Ivens, author of Forest Therapy