Meghan Cox Gurdon is the author of Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction, which shows how reading aloud provides an antidote to the fractured attention spans of today. The book includes practical tips and reading recommendations.
Ms. Gurdon writes a weekly column on children’s books for The Wall Street Journal. She grew up in rural and coastal Maine, attended Bowdoin College, and worked as a reporter abroad. She now lives in Bethesda with her husband and five children.
As a child, Ms. Gurdon would get into trouble for reading under her desk instead of paying attention in school, and tried to work her way through the school library from A to Z. Her favorite children’s books are Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, and The Iliad and The Odyssey as retold by Gillian Cross.
Ms. Gurdon describes the Noyes Library for Young Children as “an enchanting, magical space for children to hear stories read aloud. In a world half-mad with electronic distractions and screen-based ephemera, more than ever children need this serenity and enrichment, this experience of pure delight.”
Read more about Ms. Gurdon HERE and check out her book Enchanted Hour at Montgomery County Public Libraries.
By Beth Meyer for the June-July 2019 Make MORE Noyes Community Update
(getting to know our local authors and illustrators)