The Enchanted Hour

The Enchanted Hour

The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2019
ISBN: 9780062562814
Branch Call Number: ANF 372.452 GUR
Characteristics: xix, 278 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 14, 2019

The message in this book may seem a bit obvious to those of us who call ourselves readers but I thought it still had a lot to offer. There was a chapter about the power of building vocabulary in young children that I particularly enjoyed. It also contains some very good read-a-loud book lists that are suitable to a variety of age groups. This book would be interesting and helpful for parents, caregivers or educators.

Dec 25, 2018

For me this book was a total home run and I am excited to recommend it to friends and family when it is published in January. The magic of reading aloud is known to me from raising my boys; and as a juvenile librarian I am a big advocate for reading. Just as when I read Trelease's book "The Readaloud Handbook," I found that this book reinforced and validated the wow factor in shared reading experiences. Some have commented that this is of greater interest to young parents. I would counter with the argument that it is likely that most adults interact with children in some way; rather it be part of their work (as it is for me), relatives or friends. We can all partake of the blessings of reading aloud in some way. It is never too late as shown by the story of the woman who read to her father in his hospital room. Start reading aloud with someone today and be a part of the miracle. If you are not sure where to start, read this book first for guidance and title recommendations.

A big thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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