The Enchanted Hour

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

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Publisher's Synopsis

'As soon as I began to read, I was filled with that kind of engrossed blossoming that happens somewhere inside of you when you start a really nourishing book.' - Pandora Sykes

A conversation-changing look at the social, familial, neurological, and psychological benefits of reading aloud, especially for parents and children.


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 behavioural research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children who are read to, whatever their class, nationality or family background.

Meghan Cox Gurdon argues that 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 readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most.

Book information

ISBN: 9780349422961
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Piatkus
Pub date:
DEWEY: 649.58
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xix, 278
Weight: 236g
Height: 126mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 26mm