Calling all parents! Teachers! Caregivers! Librarians! Readers! Join us for a book signing with Meghan Cox Gurdon on Monday, July 13th from 10am-12pm. She will be signing her book The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction. This is a book that warms our hearts.
Gurdon is the children’s book reviewer at the Wall Street Journal. Confession: one of our managers wrote her a fan letter after reading one of her particularly well-written articles—that is how much we admire her and her message. The Enchanted Hour examines how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction. Grounded in the latest brain science and behavioral research, Gurdon combines interviews, anecdotes, and examples from life and literature to make her case. The book also has an appendix with six pages of recommended stories for reading aloud.
Studies show that reading to children increases their vocabulary, both in quantity and quality, and that reading to the elderly or infirm strengthens social connections” (Library Journal). Here are a few reviews of The Enchanted Hour:
“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)
“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
“Parents and grandparents shouldn’t miss The Enchanted Hour... 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 Cox Gurdon is also a book critic, essayist, and former foreign correspondent. Stop in on July 13th for a fascinating, fun, and informative morning!