Meghan Cox Gurdon

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The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon
"5/2020-Second time through and loved it even more in the audio format. The author reads it and her voice is so lovely, I can imagine how delightful it must have been for her kids to be read to.

More of the science evidence type book on why reading al" Read more of this review »
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"A worthwhile read/listen on the importance of reading aloud. I like that she did distinguish between being read to by a physical person vs audiobook narrator, and how a physically present reader who interacts with the listener provides more benefits " Read more of this review »
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"3.5 stars

I read aloud all the time. I am a children's librarian, so I'm constantly reading stories aloud or telling stories with felt boards and hand or shadow puppets. I've done school visits to middle schools and read an opening chapter to classes " Read more of this review »
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"This book was probably more for parents than it was for a 22 year old. BUT it was very interesting and informative. Recently my husband and I have started doing bible studies together nightly. We were reading aloud and I loved it. I had no idea how b" Read more of this review »
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“The act of reading together secures people to one another, creating order and connection, as if we were quilt squares tacked together with threads made of stories. That's not just another metaphor, as a team of neuroscientists at Princeton has discovered. Even as reader and listener are enjoying their bouquet of neurochemicals ... their brain activity is synchronizing, creating literal order and connection in a process known as neural coupling.”
Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

“Here is a reader, a book, a listener. The sound of the voice exists for a moment and then it vanishes. Like birdsong, it’s gone—it is over. Yet it leaves traces of its passage in the imagination and memory of those who listen. There is incredible power in this fugitive exchange.”
Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

“No child is an island. They come from families. They are the newest braids in that cord of humanity, and it is right and beautiful that they should know something of what their parents and grandparents value, while at the same time having access to the classic works of human imagination that we all own in common. Contemporary culture will take care of itself. It's lively and loud and most children's lives are full of it. When parents read long-beloved classics with them and share stories that convey what we want them to know about the world, we can help them discover powerful narratives and pictures they will never find on PBS Kids or Instagram.”
Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

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