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(DC) The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Reading aloud to children builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories, and pictures. The benefits of parents reading to their children are well-documented, but the ubiquity of screens threatens this practice.

In “The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction” (HarperCollins, 2019), Meghan Cox Gurdon discusses the latest neuroscience and behavioral research linking reading aloud to cognitive and social-emotional benefits for young children. She argues that this practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families, and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping replenish what our devices are leaching away.

Please join AEI for a presentation by Ms. Gurdon, followed by a discussion about the crucial role of reading aloud in children’s development.

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