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A Wall Street Journal writer’s conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction.

A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, transforming the simple stuff of a book, a voice, and a bit of time into complex and powerful fuel for the heart, brain, and imagination. Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children, whatever their class, nationality, or family background. But it’s not just about bedtime stories for little kids: Reading aloud consoles, uplifts, and invigorates at every age, deepening the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of teenagers and adults, too.

Meghan Cox Gurdon argues this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families, and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it’s an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories, and pictures.

Bringing together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will both charm and galvanize, inspiring listeners to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio

©2019 Meghan Cox Gurdon (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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advice to take to heart

this was a pleasure to listen to. at first all I felt was guilt that I wasn't reading more to my kids. but I decided that I was fine and could start where I am and to not give myself a hard time. Chapter 9 was ever better in calming my fears cause that is where the author gives the reader advice and encouragement for reading to your kids no matter how old they are.

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LOVE THIS BOOK

This was an absolutely wonderful book full of valuable and loving information! I think this book is for everyone, not just those with children.

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I have not finished. You have cut off the speaker and I can't hear the reader. Something is wrong and I have already paid for it to be read.

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Critically important book

Finished in two sittings where time vanished. Brought to tears several times. Excellent message that's never too late to apply.

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All the Feels for The Enchanted Hour

As a mom who read aloud when my sons were younger, as a teacher and grandmother today who grabs every read aloud moment possible, this book was balm to my soul in this distracted cluttered age in which we live. There is far more to this book than I ever dreamed possible. I listened to the Audible while painting rooms in my house. I loved it so much, I ordered the physical book.

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Fabulous, Magical

Will make you want to grab kids, yours or your sister's or someone else's, and begin the read aloud habit right away. Yesterday if not sooner.

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Reignite your love for read alouds

Fantastic performance! Highly engaging and well researched. I highly recommend this book for parents and caregivers of children of all ages.

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I Cannot Wait to Hear It Read Again!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I am already on board with reading aloud but needed the encouragement anyways. This was a beautiful blend of factual and a flowing story! I am planning to listen to it again soon!

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So encouraging

I’ve been homeschooling for 17 years, to say I hit times of burnout goes without saying!!! This is just what I needed to remind me of why I do what I do and encouraged me to pick the books up AGAIN and read aloud. I’ve seen the benefit and reaped the fruit in the past...why did I ever quit!!!

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Superb insight

I needed this. I used to read aloud a lot to my children and now I will start again.