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On Being Gifted...

Non-Fiction

101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Handbook Recommended by Christine Fonseca (or from Amazon)
A must-read for gifted kids ages 8 to 12 who want to find success in school and life. If you know gifted kids, they will love the 101 awesome secrets, tips, and tricks included in this book!
And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-city High School Students by Miles Corwin
In this troubling yet uplifting book, the ills of the inner city have not completely defeated Toni Little's advanced-placement students at Crenshaw High School...
Bookmarked: Teen Essays on Life and Literature from Tolkien to Twilight Recommended by Ann Camacho
Young people from a wide range of backgrounds reflect on how words from literature connect with and influence their lives, goals, and personal philosophies. Topics include suffering the death of a parent, facing a life-threatening illness, letting go of perfectionism, making friends, realizing goals, and grappling with questions of faith and sexuality. Books cited range from The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby to Twilight and Lord of the Rings.

Teachers, guidance counselors, and parents working with teens on personal essays— including for college applications—will find useful samples, models, and inspiration. Teachers of literature, writing, and language arts classes can also use these essays as a way to help teens explore literature—and their own responses to it—through writing...

The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide (For Ages 10 and Under) Recommended by Judy Galbraith Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything Recommended by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle (or from Barnes & Noble)
Updated 4th version is better than ever, keeping the best themes from the older versions but in a readable new format, and including lots of new stuff, too.  The ultimate guide for teens includes "discover virtual learning, find a cure for the common college, learn the value of mistakes, manage expectations and embrace your passions!"
Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Jones, illustrated by John Obrien
For those readers who feel as though they've yet to accomplish anything in life, these discoveries will come as a great relief. None of the inventions described in these pages were planned; in fact, some of the inventors had no idea they'd stumbled on something useful until years later, when their works became popular... 
More Than a Test Score: Teens Talk About Being Gifted, Talented, or Otherwise Extra-ordinary by Robert A. Shultz and James R. Delisle
What is giftedness all about? What's it like to be smarter than some of your friends? What about expectations, mistakes, getting along, gifted programs, and dull days at school? Includes hundreds of quotes from teens ages 13-19, brief biographies, and activities. Essential reading for gifted teens... 
Philosophy for Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder ... About Everything! by David A. White  (or from Amazon)
"What does it mean to be fair?" "How do you know who your friends are?" "What is time?" "Are you the same person you were five years ago?" "Can something logical ever not make sense?" If you have ever wondered about questions like these, you are well on your way to becoming a philosopher! Become acquainted with the wonders of philosophy... (or from Amazon)
The Examined Life: Advanced Philosophy for Kids by David A. White
Delves deeper into the philosophical questions kids (and adults) care about deeply. Through vibrant discussions and debate, the book offers ways teachers can help students grapple with age-old questions about the nature of friendship (Aristotle), time (Augustine), knowledge (Plato), existence of God (Aquinas), perception (Berkeley), freedom and society (Rousseau), and many more (or from Amazon
Philosophy for Teens: Questioning Life's Big Ideas by Sharon M. Kaye and Paul Thompson
"What is love?" "Is lying always wrong?" "What is discrimination?" "Do you think about weird things?"  What a perfect opening line for our kids! Lots of ideas, to help teens (and gifted pre-teens) think about the big questions that they have.  Full of "thought experiments" to keep them thinking after they put the book down... (or from Amazon)  Also More Philosophy for Teens: Examining Reality and Knowledge (or from Amazon)
If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy? by Robert A. Shultz and James R. Delisle (or from Amazon)
Sheds light on the day-to-day experiences of those growing up gifted. In their own enlightening words, teens share their experiences with giftedness, including friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, and worries about the future... 
Smart Teens' Guide to Living with Intensity: How to Get More Out of Life and Learning Recommended by Lisa Rivero
A guide for pre-teens and teens who are a little more... more intense, more creative, more interesting, and yes, sometimes even called "more difficult."  A teen's perspective into growing up as a gifted teen today.  And for the parents, A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents Recommended

Fiction

For the Youngest Gifted Child...

There Were Those by Nathan Levy (also available directly from Nathan Levy There Were Those)
A picture book for those young gifted children in our lives!

For Younger Gifted Kids...

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Clementine tries to help out her friend Margaret, but ends up in a lot of trouble for it. Things get worse each day of the week, until finally she's worried that Margaret is right: Clementine's parents might consider her "the hard one" in the family. They're up to something mysterious...are they thinking they'd be better off if they only had her little vegetable-named brother..."the easy one"?  Check out the Teachers Activity Guide, and the rest of the series...
bulletThe Talented Clementine
bulletClementine's Letter
bulletClementine: Friend of the Week
bulletClementine and the Family Meeting

For Older Gifted Kids....

All the Answers by Anne C. Lemieux
Jason Hodges is having problems on all fronts. His accountant father is under a lot of stress at work, and the boy's messy room and failing grades in math have become sore spots in their relationship. He is smitten with Phelicia Nevimore, but can't get close to her because of her bullying twin brother. Jason's narration is filled with humor and great vocabulary, like Jason's excuses. Mrs. Meehan, the boy's math teacher, tells him he has "shown quite an epistolary talent"...
Black Powder by Staton Rabin
Langston Davis loves to go to his science class, where he studies astronomy. He and Neely Neubart have been best friends forever, and Langston becomes concerned when his pal starts running with a gang and lets his grades fall. Then Neely is gunned down by his own gang, and Langston will go to any measures to get him back. When Mrs. Centauri, his science teacher, shows him the time machine she's invented, the 14-year-old uses it to go back to the 13th century so he can convince Dr. Roger Bacon to destroy his formula for gunpowder, thus preventing Neely's murder. A touching story of two great scientific minds discovering the humanity behind the ideas. Langston is well-developed as an intelligent, mostly responsible African-American finding his way...
Callahan's Con by Spider Robinson
Barkeep Jake's scientifically precocious daughter, Erin, comes to the rescue with a scheme to sell Tony the fabled Fountain and "prove" its existence with increasingly youthful incarnations of herself conjured through time travel. Mishaps involving Erin's uptight truant officer, misuse of a timehopping gizmo, and-in the tale's soberest moment-terminal illness for one of the regulars, steer the story down fantastically unpredictable avenues...
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Dr. Mel Levine and Jarvis Clutch
Fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored The American Practical Navigator (Also Carry On, Mr. Bowditch Study Guide)
Deliver Us From Normal by Kate Klise
Charles Harrisong is obsessed with the idea that he is strange and can't fit in with the sixth grade in Normal, IL. He feels that he possesses a special talent, the ability to know what people are really saying and thinking, all of which, he is sure, is directed at him and is negative to the extreme...
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross (or from the Amazon.co.uk The Demon Headmaster)
Dinah moves in with the Hunter family and starts going to the same school as her foster-brothers Lloyd and Harvey. It's not easy, as they seem to hate her, and school is really strange. Pupils suddenly talk like robots and do weird things - even Dinah finds herself acting oddly. She's sure the headmaster has some kind of power over them, and is determined to find out more. But the Demon Headmaster is equally determined to stop her.  And it's sequels...
Demon Headmaster and the Prime Minister's Brain (or from the Amazon.co.uk Demon Headmaster and the Prime Minister's Brain)
The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster (or from the Amazon.co.uk The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster)
Facing the Demon Headmaster (or from the Amazon.co.uk Facing the Demon Headmaster)
The Demon Headmaster Takes Over (or from the Amazon.co.uk The Demon Headmaster Takes Over)
The Demon Headmaster Strikes Again (or from the Amazon.co.uk The Demon Headmaster Strikes Again)
Dogs Don't Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar
Gary Boone (who calls himself "Goon") is the self-proclaimed clown of his seventh-grade class. He never stops joking, despite the fact that nobody laughs much, and he has no real friends at school. Entering a talent contest as a stand-up comedian forces him to look more closely at the effect his humor has on others and on himself...
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
A genius IQ, hacking into computers by age 7, grooming for world domination by age 14... sound like anyone we know? A complex tale, fun to read...
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Gilly Hopkins is a determined-to-be-unpleasant 11-year-old foster kid, who scored the highest in her school's history on a national aptitude test, and who you can't help but like by the end. Gilly has been in the foster system all her life, and she dreams of getting back to her (as she imagines) wonderful mother. Gilly is all the more determined to leave after she's placed in a new foster home with a "gross guardian and a freaky kid." But she soon learns about illusions--the hard way. ...treats a somewhat grim, and definitely grown-up theme with love and humor, making it a terrific read for a young reader who's ready to learn that "happy" and "ending" don't always go together...
Heart of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life by James Langlas
Presents seven principles that are rooted in the long tradition of Taekwondo and are also tied to modern character education: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, community service, and love. Explore each through a mix of storytelling and writing from the author's former students, describing ways in which they’ve applied these principles to their own lives and inspiring readers to do the same. Includes questions to spur reflection, discussion, and action. This story—and especially the enduring appeal of traditional master/student tales—will resonate with teens of all backgrounds...
Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan
Ida B lives life to the fullest, firmly believing there is never enough time for fun. When her mother develops cancer, her parents sell part of the orchard and send Ida B to public school rather than homeschooling her. The changes leave her feeling fiercely angry and betrayed. With the help of a wise and caring fourth-grade teacher and the enduring love of Mama and Daddy, the girl slowly begins to heal. Ida B is a true character in every sense of the word...
In Search of Molly Pitcher by Linda Grant De Pauw
When Peggy McAllister learns about the Rattletop Award for "excellence in eighth grade social studies," she is determined to win it with a research paper on a Great American Hero. But when she chooses Molly Pitcher, the famous Revolutionary War heroine of the Battle of Monmouth, as her subject, she runs into difficulties. With the help of her Greatgramps, a retired private investigator, his lady friend Mrs. Spinner, a local historian and secret author of historical romance novels, and Ms. Guelphstein, a dedicated reference librarian, Peggy sorts through a maze of confusing and contradictory evidence to identify the "real" Molly Pitcher...
Jarvis Clutch - Social Spy by Dr. Mel Levine and Jarvis Clutch
Jarvis Clutch—Social Spy is mainly about something very important called social thinking, which most likely is a term you’ve never heard before, even though it’s something you use all day long. Even most grownups don’t know exactly what it means. Let me explain... (See All Kinds of Minds for a complete review)
Letters from Rapunzel by Sara Lewis Holmes
Cadence sees her life as a modern-day fairy tale in which she is Rapunzel, alone, abandoned, and waiting for answers. Her father's clinical depression she terms the Evil Spell; the teacher at the after-school Homework Center is dubbed the Wicked Witch. Through a series of journal-like writings to the elusive owner of box #5667, she comes to terms with her life and begins to understand her father's illness...
Matilda by Rald Dahl
Matilda is a brilliant and sensitive child, but her parents think of her only as a nuisance. When one day she is attacked by her odious headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to avenge herself!...
Mildew on the Wall by Suzanna E. Henshon
At one time, fifth grader Millie had a lovely bedroom, but she had created apparent chaos in it. It became the room  that defined her identity. To the outside world, it was a mess; but Millie simply could not bring herself to clean her room, no matter how her mother insisted. Finally, her allowance was cut off until the room was cleaned. But, rather than capitulate, Millie began to run secret guided tours to her room for money.  Carried away, Millie called a radio talk show during its Promotion Hour, and 'promoted' her room. The DJ thought it was great fun, and a huge crowd showed up on Saturday for a viewing. Bad things happened...  Finally, a state of cease-fire began. Millie gained insight, realizing that it has been her personality, not her room, that had made her unique, that in meeting some of society’s standards (cleaning her room up), she didn’t have to sacrifice her own essential uniqueness...  Read the sequel, Spiders on the Ceiling
Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
Yee's first novel examines child prodigies from a refreshing angle, showing the ups and downs of being a whiz kid. An excellent job of showing Millie's grown-up brain and her decidedly middle-school problems... 
The Mysterious Benedict Society Recommended by Trenton Lee Stewart
After Reynie Muldoon responds to an advertisement recruiting "gifted children looking for special opportunities," he finds himself in a world of mystery and adventure... Collect The Mysterious Benedict Society Complete Collection
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey Recommended by Trenton Lee Stewart
A new adventure, full of brain teasers and adventures...
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma Recommended by Trenton Lee Stewart
A daring new adventure threatens to force the kids apart from their friends, families, and even each other...
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict Recommended by Trenton Lee Stewart
Now Nicholas Benedict is being sent to a new orphanage, where he will encounter vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances--and a mystery that could change his life forever. On his quest to solve the mystery, Nicholas finds enemies around every corner, but also friends in unexpected places -- and discovers along the way that the greatest puzzle of all is himself...
The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums by Trenton Lee Stewart
Companion book to the Mysterious Benedict Society series, a mind-bending collection that will put YOU to the test! With full-color artwork throughout, features ingenious new puzzles, riddles, and brainteasers compiled by Mr. Benedict himself, with the help of Reynie, Kate, Sticky, Constance, and other Society associates...
The Mysterious Benedict Society Complete Collection Recommended by Trenton Lee Stewart
New to The Mysterious Benedict Society?  Get all five!
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
Tired of school-assigned novels where the dog always dies, Wallace tells the teacher how he feels... and ends up kicked off the football team and into detention, along with an English teacher doing a dramatic production of the novel Wallace hates.  By the end of the production, the tables are turned and the dog pulls through... Great for our sensitive readers!
Saving Lilly by Peg Kehret
A gifted girl takes on the project of saving an elephant from an abusive circus. One child can make a difference...
Some Day Angeline by Louis Sachar
Nobody understands why Angeline is so smart. But being smart is causing Angeline nothing but trouble. The mean kids in school call her a freak, her teacher finds her troublesome, and even her own father doesn't know what to do with an eight-year-old girl who seems to be a genius. Angeline doesn't want to be either a genius or a freak. She just wants the chance to be herself and be happy
Squirrels in Deer Land: A Novel celebrating those with ADHD, Giftedness, and other things that make us, well, squirrelly... by Susie Binkley
a novel with a purpose: to use the power of storytelling to help people with any kind of differences feel good about themselves. It is a story of heroes for those who are squirrelly - people who don't always color inside the lines or think inside the box, such as those with ADHD, giftedness, or learning or behavioral differences. Instead of focusing on the problems associated with being "different", it is a celebration of the wonderful skills and abilities that energetic, creative, squirrelly people have and the talents they contribute to our world...
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
"She was homeschooling gone amok." "She was an alien." "Her parents were circus acrobats." These are only a few of the theories concocted to explain Stargirl Caraway, a new 10th grader at Arizona's Mica Area High School who wears pioneer dresses and kimonos to school, strums a ukulele in the cafeteria, laughs when there are no jokes, and dances when there is no music. The whole school, not exactly a "hotbed of nonconformity," is stunned by her...
And the sequel... Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Picking up a year after the end of Stargirl, Love, Stargirl is the diary of the next year in Stargirl's life, with the past and her new present mixed in her memories, including her thoughts on life, and love...
Surviving the Applewhites Recommended by Stephanie S. Tolan
Newbery Honor title! When Jake Semple is kicked out of yet another school, the Applewhites, an eccentric family of artists, offer to let him live with them and attend their unstructured Creative Academy...
Welcome to the Ark Recommended by Stephanie S. Tolan
In a world of random violence and multiplying militias, four brilliant young misfits are thrown together in a group home for troubled youth. Isolated by their special abilities, Miranda, Doug, Taryn, and Elijah are unable to cope in a society that regards them as freaks. But in the experimental program they dub the Ark, the four discover they are not alone...  (young adult)
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
What do the children you know usually do when school is out for the summer? Go crazy with boredom? Head poolside with friends? Plan a self-sufficient civilization with its own staple food crop? That is precisely how Wesley decides to spend his summer vacation. Wesley is not an ordinary boy...
by Carole Hamburger
Wonderful stories of a family of dots, and their adventures.  Picture books, but for older kids, full of great vocabulary and idiomatic phrases and more!
The Star Pupil: A Dot's Quest to Find His Place in the World Recommended
A dot's quest to find his special calling. After excelling in school, he heeds his parents' advice to follow his heart and to always be himself
The Zippity-Do-Dot: The Dot Who Dared to Pick Her Knows Recommended
The escapades of a feisty little dot who pursues her dreams...
 

Social Stuff...

These fun books for kids and teens are full of great ideas and information!

Bullying
The Weird Series true-to-life stories of bullying told from all perspectives: the target, the bystander, and the child doing the bullying (ages 5-9)
DARE! by Erin Frankel, Illustrated by Paula Heaphy
When Jayla witnesses her friend being bullied, she is too scared to stand up for her.  Then someone dares her to take part in the bullying.  Will she find the courage to do what's right?
TOUGH! by Erin Frankel, Illustrated by Paula Heaphy
Sam picks on kids at school sometimes, but she's not really being mean... or is she? Caring people want to help Sam change.  Will she let them?
WEIRD! by Erin Frankel, Illustrated by Paula Heaphy
Louisa changes everything about herself--including her colorful polka dot boots--to avoid being called weird.  But it doesn't work.  What else can she possibly do?
Good-Bye Bully Machine by Debbie Fox and Allan L. Beane
Kids can see how bullying makes the machine grow more imposing, while kind behaviors dismantle it. Through the machine, kids gain awareness of their role in bullying, whether they are targets, bullies, bystanders—or all three...
Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin? by Thomas A. Jacobs
A powerful collection of landmark court cases involving teens and charges of cyberbullying and cyberharassment. This riveting, informative guide will help young people understand what cyberbullying is and is not, recognize when they may be its victims or perpetrators, and learn tactics for successfully dealing with it...
Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying edited by Hope Venderburg of Youth Communication
Essays by teens address bullying: physical, verbal, relational, and cyber. These stories will appeal to readers because the cruelty and hurt are unmistakably real - and the reactions of the writers are sometimes cringe-worthy, often admirable, and always believable...
 
Self-help for kids...
100 things guys need to know by Bill Zimmerman
It can be tough being a guy--but this book will definitely help. It's fun and easy to read, and has lots of great tips and resources for guys...
Why Do You Love Me? by Laura C. Schlessinger
A real-life lesson, presented in cartoons... a mother's love is forever, no matter what!
the Zabbit by Jim Walkow (ages 4-12 plus) (or from Amazon)
The story of Abbott, an extraordinary and most unusual looking rabbit, who learns many important values from his parents, including, "Keep the love in your heart and always be kind. Create your own luck by using your mind."  the Zabbit includes lessons on self-esteem, self-empowerment, diversity, and more.  Differences are good!  To purchase this book, do not use the Zabbit website (in flux) but e-mail Jim at zabbitucsb@aol.com  Also author of
 
The Learning to Get Along Series for Young Kids by Cheri J. Meiners (ages 4-8)
Accept and Value Each Person Reach Out and Give
Try and Stick With It Listen and Learn
Be Polite and Kind Talk And Work It Out
Join in and Play Understand and Care
Respect and Take Care of Things Share and Take Turns
Be Careful And Stay Safe Be Honest and Tell the Truth
When I Feel Afraid Know and Follow Rules
 
Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi
Offers youngsters an alternative to hitting and other forms of hurtful behavior...
Words Are Not for Hurting by Cheri J. Meiners
Helps preschoolers focus on the fun of it, with words that are super short, really long, or just plain silly. She reminds young children that their words belong to them; they choose what to say and how to say it...
 
For the youngest kids, picture books by Rosemary Callard-Szulgit
Molly Rose Baxter... An Almost Perfect Little Girl Recommended  
Molly Rose Baxter illustrates how extreme perfectionism can get in children's way of enjoying life. This book provides a wonderful gift to young children, helping them understand that mistakes are a normal part of life and everything they do simply does not have to be perfect. A delightful story intertwining a caring family, loving kitty cats and almost perfect Molly Rose, who learns a very important lesson!
Oliver K. Brand...A Very Kind and Intelligent Little Boy Recommended  
Oliver K. Brand is a wonderful little boy who only wants to share all the magnificent love in his heart and all the brilliance in his brain with everyone he meets. This is fine, until Oliver enters kindergarten and gets rebuffed by his classmates who resent his intelligence and social excitement. He becomes very sad and unhappy in school until, with the help of the teacher, their parents and other school officials, Oliver and a classmate, Theo, help kids learn to share their happiness and intelligence in school and also better understand the feelings of others who might be different!
 
Be the Boss of Your Pain by Timothy Culbert and Rebecca Kajander
Be the Boss of Your Sleep  by Timothy Culbert and Rebecca Kajander
Be the Boss of Your Stress by Timothy Culbert and Rebecca Kajander
Written by a pediatrician and a nurse practitioner, these upbeat books help children discover the body’s natural healing abilities. Kids explore how their body, mind, and spirit work together...
 
The Adding Assets Series for Kids (ages 9-12)
Doing And Being Your Best: The Boundaries And Expectations Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
Helping Out and Staying Safe: the Empowerment Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
uses pictures and stories to help you remember the meanings of five hundred of the words that appear most frequently on the SAT. Learning is fast, fun, and forever
Knowing And Doing What's Right: The Positive Values Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
Loving to Learn: The Commitment to Learning Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
Making Choices And Making Friends: The Social Competencies Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
People Who Care About You: the Support Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
Kids learn how to build the six Support Assets: Family Support, Positive Family Communication, Other Adult Relationships, Caring Neighborhood, Caring School Climate, and Parent Involvement in Schooling. Stories, tips, and ideas bring them closer to their families and strengthen other important relationships in their lives...
Proud to Be You: The Positive Identity Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
Smart Ways To Spend Your Time: The Constructive Use Of Time Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
 
The Laugh & Learn Series.. (ages 9-12)
Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain
For kids and teens blends humor with serious, practical suggestions for coping with bullies - And if bullies happen to read this book, they'll find ideas they can use too!
Cliques, Phonies, & Other Baloney by Trevor Romain
Reassuring and humorous treatment of cliques versus friendship groups, phonies versus real friends, and popularity versus being popular with yourself. With a sense of ease and lighthearted humor (sometimes bordering on the truly silly), the author serves up solid advice in a friendly, reassuring voice...
Don't Behave Like You Live in a Cave by Elizabeth Verdick
Full-color cartoons and humorous, teaches kids how to make smarter choices about how they behave at home and at school to stay out of trouble, feel good about themselves and their choices, and get along better with family, friends, and teachers. Better behavior isn’t just about making adults happy: it means self control, awareness, and a positive outlook, so things go better for kids. Lighthearted yet supportive and frank...
Get Off My Brain: A Survival Guide for Lazy* Students (*Bored, Frustrated, and Otherwise Sick of School) by Randall McCutcheon
Aimed at bright, talented kids who are bored, frustrated, and otherwise sick of school, including so-called "underachievers," Get Off My Brain is an offbeat, unconventional study guide
Get Organized Without Losing It by Janet S. Fox
Starts by defining the problem, and then offering great suggestions for solutions, all in a humorous voice that makes it easy to read and actually DO...
How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Verdick
Contrary to what children believe, homework is not meant to make them miserable. It is a serious business, however, and one of the great things about it is that "you get to do it at home." Designed to make kids laugh while recognizing the importance of school assignments...
How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis
Anger is a part of life. We can’t avoid it, we shouldn’t stuff it, and we can’t make it go away. This book speaks directly to kids and offers strategies they can start using immediately. Blending tips and ideas with jokes and funny cartoons, it guides kids to understand that anger is normal and can be expressed in many ways—some healthy, some not...
See You Later, Procrastinator! by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
Kids today are notorious for putting things off—homework and chores take a backseat to playing video games, hanging out with friends, watching television, or surfing online. Full-color cartoons and text teach kids how to get motivated, stay motivated, and get things done. Kids learn 12 reasons why people procrastinate and 12 Procrastination Busters that can help; 20 ways to kiss procrastination good-bye; tips for avoiding the dreaded Domino Effect...
Siblings: You’re Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together  by James J. Crist and Elizabeth Verdick
Turn sibling rivalry into positive sibling relationships with this fun, humorous pocket guide...
Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves! by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Verdick
Uses silly jokes and light-hearted cartoons along with serious advice to help readers recognize the causes of stress and its effects and learn how to handle worry, anxiety, and stress...
True or False? Tests Stink! by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Verdick
No matter how kids (and parents, and teachers) feel about tests, they’re part of life. To succeed in school, kids need to ask, “How can I be a better test-taker?”
 
The How Rude! Handbook of... (ages 9-12)
How Rude!: Family Manners for Teens: Avoiding Strife in Family Life by Alex J. Packer
The basics of creating the civilized home—a place where people talk instead of yell, pick up after themselves, respect each other, fight fair, and don’t hog the bathroom. And it’s not all about the traditional family. Tips also cover the blended, shaken, stirred, and extended family...
How Rude!: Friendship & Dating Manners for Teens: Surviving the Social Scene by Alex J. Packer
Is there a proper way to make new friends? Is teasing always rude? What can you do about friendship problems? How can you show a girl (or guy) that you like her (or him)? Find answers to these questions, and more basics of polite behavior with friends and more-than-friends—and laugh out loud while learning...
How Rude!: The Teenagers' Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out by Alex J. Packer
Includes an extensive section on ways to deal with teasing, or verbal bullying
More on Manners...
School Manners for Teens: Civility In The Hallowed Halls by Alex J. Packer
What counts as rude behavior in school? What can you do when a teacher is rude? When someone tries to copy off of your paper during tests, should you rat or not? What’s the best way to handle bullies, bigots, bashers, and harassers? School can be cruel. Here’s sound advice (touched with humor) for teens who want to make it more bearable...
 
What To Do series... from Free Spirit Press
What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide For Kids  by Tom Greenspon
Written for young people, preteens and teenagers about what perfectionism is and learning how to deal with it. Emphasizes that perfectionism isn't just wanting to do well - it's an obsessive fear of performing less-than-perfect in any way, and is always harmful...
What to Do When You're Sad & Lonely: A Guide for Kids by James J. Crist
Growing numbers of children are living with depression, a disease often mistaken for sadness. This reassuring book offers strategies and tips kids can use to beat the blues...
What to Do When You're Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids by James J. Crist
From a fear of spiders to panic attacks, kids have worries and fears, just like adults. But while adults have access to a lot of helpful information, that hasn’t been true for kids—until now. Drawing on his years of experience helping children deal with anxiety, Crist gives kids a place to turn to when they need advice, reassurance, and ideas...
 
What To Do When series... from Magination Press (grades 1-6)
by Dawn Huebner, Illustrated by Bonnie Matthews
What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Sleep Recommended
Guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with sleep. Fears, busy brains, restless bodies, and overdependence on parents are all tackled as children gain the skills they need for more peaceful nights. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to fall asleep and stay asleep--like magic!
What to Do When You Grumble Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Negativity Recommended
Guides children and their parents through cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat negative thinking. Lively metaphors and illustrations help kids see life's hurdles in a new way, while drawing and writing activities help them master skills to get over those hurdles. And step-by-step instructions point the way toward becoming happier, more positive kids...
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety Recommended
Anxiety has a way of growing, spreading, shifting in form, and generally resisting efforts to talk it out of existence. But there is hope. This book will teach you and your child a new and more successful way to think about and manage anxiety. The techniques described in this book will help your child take control...
What to Do When Your Bad Habits Take Hold: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Nail Biting and More Recommended
Guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat a variety of habits. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for empowering children to set themselves free...
What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD Recommended
Interactive self-help book turns kids into super-sleuths who can recognize OCD's tricks. Engaging examples, activities, and step-by-step instructions help children master the skills needed to break free from the sticky thoughts and urges of OCD, and live happier lives, using cognitive-behavioral techniques and empowering children to work toward change
What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger Recommended
If you're a kid whose temper quickly flares, a kid whose anger gets too big, too hot, too fast, this book is for you. What to Do When Your Temper Flares guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with anger. Engaging examples, lively illustrations, and step-by-step instructions teach children a set of "anger dousing" methods aimed at cooling angry thoughts and controlling angry actions, resulting in calmer, more effective kids...
 
Middle School Confidential (ages 9-14)
Be Confident in Who You Are by Annie Fox
Meet new challenges and survive the social scene - without losing sight of who you are. Offers practical advice for being healthy, feeling good about who you are and staying in control of your feelings and actions...
Real Friends Vs. the Other Kind by Annie Fox
Forge friendships while navigating tough social situations. Offers insider information on making friends, resolving disputes, and dealing with common middle school concerns—like gossip, exclusion, and cyberbullying...
What’s Up with My Family? by Annie Fox
Part graphic novel, part nonfiction advice, the third book in the Middle School Confidential series follows these six characters as they deal with tween and teen issues that can come up in any home...
 
More self-help for kids...
Character Building Day by Day by Anne D. Mather & Louise B. Weldon
180 vignettes to read and talk about, on topics including acceptance, gratitude, honesty, self-respect, and lots more...
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex Harris & Brett Harris
Rebelling against low expectations, Alex & Brett offer sound advice for teens: Do Hard Things.  Find five ways to change your life and the world around you...
If Your Could See the Way I Think: A Handbook for Visual-Spatial Kids by Alexandra Shires Golan (available only from the GDC)
A celebration of the gifts of kids who prefer a visual-spatial learning style.  The 21st century adult world will demand their skills; here's how to help them be successful in their left-hemispheric classrooms...
Jarvis Clutch - Social Spy by Dr. Mel Levine and Jarvis Clutch
Jarvis Clutch—Social Spy is mainly about something very important called social thinking, which most likely is a term you’ve never heard before, even though it’s something you use all day long. Even most grownups don’t know exactly what it means. Let me explain... (See All Kinds of Minds for a complete review)
No B.O.!: The Head-to-Toe Book of Hygiene for Preteens by Marguerite Crump
This frank, reassuring, humorous book covers the physical changes boys and girls experience during puberty and offers tips on caring for oneself from head to toe. Fascinating facts, friendly suggestions, and funny illustrations...
No More Stinking Thinking by Joann Altiero
Be a wizard of positive thinking! Easy to use workbook that provides for parents, teachers, and therapists to teach children to think healthily and confidently, in a magical world in which children learn magic powers of positive thinking in order to defeat the evil Lord Stinker. Chapters focus on specific skills for topics such as jumping to conclusions, looking at the big picture, critically examining the details of a situation, learning how to have more positive thoughts, and the dangers of "all or none" thinking...
The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens by Richard E. Nelson & Judith C. Galas
Written for teens who may find themselves helping a friend, with easy to remember ideas and suggestions about suicide, and about how to be a "suicide preventer"...
Speak Up And Get Along!: Learn The Mighty Might, Thought Chop, And More Tools To Make Friends, Stop Teasing, And Feel Good About Yourself by Scott Cooper
If getting along were easy, everyone would do it.  Here's a toolbox of ways to get along with others, that you can use at home and school.  Anti-bullying and social skills...
Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem by Gershen Kaufman, Lev Raphael, and Pamela Espeland
A self-help guide to positive thinking, high self-esteem, and responsible personal power. Based on a program originally developed for adults, the book's premise is that all young people can and should be taught the skills necessary to face common issues, such as making choices, liking themselves, and solving problems...
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD Recommended by John F. Taylor
Great guide to ADHD and what it means (and doesn't mean!) to your life at home and school.  How to deal, and how to succeed!
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends Recommended by Natalie Madorsky Elman & Eileen Kennedy-Moore
With chapters including The Vulnerable Child, The Intimidating Child, The Different Drummer, The Little Adult, and The Pessimistic Child, among others, this is a great tool for parents to help their gifted kids learn and understand the subtle art if being a friend!
What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce?: A Survival Guide for Kids  by Kent Winchester, Roberta Beyer, and Elizabeth Verdick
Explains divorce, new living arrangements, and other basics to help children understand what's happening in their lives. With honesty and simplicity, the authors help kids realize that divorce isn't their fault, strong emotions are okay, and families can survive difficult changes...  Also in a Parent's Guide: Speaking of Divorce: How to Talk with Your Kids and Help Them Cope by Roberta Beyer and Kent Winchester
 
Self-help for teens...
Fighting Invisible Tigers by Earl Hipp
Covers everything from being assertive to building relationships, taking risks, making decisions, staying healthy, dealing with fears, using positive self-talk, & even growing a funny bone. There is also a "Self-Care for Tiger Bites" section which offers ready "first aid" for teens who need quick relief.  Also available A Leader's Guide to Fighting Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens: 12 Sessions on Stress Management and Lifeskills Development
The Kids' Guide to Working Out Conflicts: How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe, and Get Along by Naomi Drew
Effective tools for improving conflict-resolution skills, based on survey responses from more than 1000 middle school students. Scenarios are presented with tips on how to keep calm and become a problem solver...  Also A Leader's Guide to The Kids' Guide to Working Out Conflicts: How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe, and Get Along
Mad: How to Deal With Your Anger and Get Respect by James J. Crist
Teens get angry.  And teen is a great age to learn how to deal with that anger, and avoid the poor decisions and actions that can create life-long consequences.  It's ok to get mad, and it's good to be heard.  Learn healthy ways to express and deal with your anger... 
More Than a Test Score: Teens Talk About Being Gifted, Talented, or Otherwise Extra-ordinary Recommended by Robert A. Shultz and James R. Delisle
What is giftedness all about? What's it like to be smarter than some of your friends? What about expectations, mistakes, getting along, gifted programs, and dull days at school? Includes hundreds of quotes from teens ages 13-19, brief biographies, and activities. Essential reading for gifted teens... 
Maxed Out: Hard Times in the Age of Easy Credit by James D. Scurlock
An adult subject, that's best to learn about before you get trapped in it.  Worth reading and discussing with your teens, or teens, with your parents!  Accompanying book to the movie, Maxed Out
The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens by Richard E. Nelson & Judith C. Galas
Written for teens who may find themselves helping a friend, with easy to remember ideas and suggestions about suicide, and about how to be a "suicide preventer"...
Respect: A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed Recommended by Courtney Macavinta and Andrea Vander Pluym
Smart, savvy book helps teen girls get respect and hold on to is no matter what—at home, at school, with their friends, and in the world. Tips, activities, writing exercises, and quotes from teens keep readers involved. Girls learn respect is connected to everything, every girl deserves respect, and respect is always within reach because it starts on the inside. Your guide to getting respect and keeping it...
The Teenagers' Guide to School Outside the Box by Rebecca Greene, Elizabeth Verdick 
Great ideas for learning outside of the four walls of a school, including volunteering, summer programs, mentorships, study abroad, and much more.  Questions are answered, and ideas planted...
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn
For adolescents (and their parents), discusses the differences between education and schooling with an emphasis on how to get the former even if you eschew the latter
Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin? by Thomas A. Jacobs
A powerful collection of landmark court cases involving teens and charges of cyberbullying and cyberharassment. This riveting, informative guide will help young people understand what cyberbullying is and is not, recognize when they may be its victims or perpetrators, and learn tactics for successfully dealing with it...
A Teen's Guide to Getting Published: Publishing for Profit, Recognition And Academic Success by Jessica Dunn & Danielle Dunn
How and where to get published, pitfalls to avoid, and success strategies to follow, from poetry to prose, puzzles, and more!
Too Stressed To Think?: A Teen Guide To Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy by Annie Fox and Ruth Kirschner
Basics on stress and stress management, then details on the most stressful stuff in teen lives: family, friends, school, and boyfriends / girlfriends...
The Turning Hour by Shelley Fraser Mickle
With impressive credibility, and even humor, The Turning Hour explores the tragic and potentially maudlin subject of teen suicide, creating an engrossing narrative that manages to avoid sentimentality and bathos. Based on a real incident, the novel interweaves the story of Bergin Talbot, a smart, popular 17-year-old whose attempt at suicide initially seems inexplicable, with that of her mother, Leslie, a public defender who's found contentment in a second marriage. Having survived physically (she's discovered by her stepbrother), Bergin must confront a soul-searing spiritual question, "how do I get back?" The background to her desperate act and her struggle to return to a normal life, to bond again with her mother and the rest of the family, and to fit in again with her peers, are detailed with psychological acuity and genuine feeling...
What Do You Really Want? by Beverly K. Bachel
A teen guide to figuring out what you really want to do.  What are you interested in?  How can you set goals to achieve the things you want?  How can you celebrate your accomplishments?  Full of quotes from real teens, plus reproducible forms to help figure it all out...
When Living Hurts: what-to-do book for yourself or someone you care about who feels discouraged, sad, lonely, hopeless, angry or frustrated, unhappy, bored, depressed, suicidal by Sol Gordon
Insightful, direct book, written for young people who are in trouble or for those who wish to help those in trouble.  Identifies early warning signs of suicide, suggests how to get help for different kinds of problems, and offers ways to cope creatively with anxiety, anger frustration, sadness, loneliness or depression...
When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain
Teens learn how to recognize depression in themselves and others, understand its effects, and take care of themselves by relaxing, exercising, eating right, and talking things over with people who care. For some teens, self-help isn't enough, so Bev also tells about treatment options, presents the facts about therapy, explains the differences between various types of helping professionals (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, physicians, counselors, etc.), discusses medications, and more.  This book is for any teen who feels hopeless, helpless, and alone. It's also recommended for parents, teachers, and counselors who want to know more about teen depression...
When Something Feels Wrong: A Survival Guide About Abuse for Young People  by Deanna S. Pledge
Teens who have experienced physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse need information and support to begin the healing process. They may not know how to start coping with the effects of these traumatizing events. This empowering book is a safe first step toward recovery...
 
Real Teen Voices (ages 13+)
Pressure: True Stories by Teens About Stress edited by Al Desetta of Youth Communication
Stress hits these teen writers from all angles; they're feeling the pressure at school, at home, and in their relationships. The young writers describe their stress relief techniques, including exercise, music, writing, and more. The collection includes tips for cooling down and inspiring examples of perseverance...
Rage: True Stories by Teens About Anger edited by Laura Longhine of Youth Communication
The teen writers in Rage have plenty street violence, peer pressure, feeling powerless, and more. The writers give honest advice and talk about their anger management skills as they struggle to gain control of their emotions and stop hurting others - and themselves...
Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying edited by Hope Venderburg of Youth Communication
Essays by teens address bullying: physical, verbal, relational, and cyber. These stories will appeal to readers because the cruelty and hurt are unmistakably real - and the reactions of the writers are sometimes cringe-worthy, often admirable, and always believable...
 
S-e-x Ed... consider opening the discussion early and honestly, instead of a single high-stakes conversation at puberty!
The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual by Mavis Jukes
Car-related chapter headings including "Under the Hood," "Yielding the Right of Way: Consent," and "Avoiding Hazardous Conditions: STDs," full of friendly, accurate, and up-to-date advice for pre-teen and teen boys... (pre-teen and teen boys)
How to Talk With Teens About Love, Relationships, & S-E-X by Charles D. Miron & Amy G. Miron
A guide for parents, whether you're ready for "that talk" or preparing for the future.  Covers all the subjects in depth, organized to pick what you need right now, with plenty of room for your own family values... (parents of teens)
How Your Body Works by Judy Hindley and Christopher Rawson
Cartoon guide, with real life facts presented in just the right language for young kids asking those questions.  Covers all the details of the body, including impregnation - with cute little cartoon train cars for illustration - and gestation.  Even fathers won't mind reading this book aloud! (elementary)
It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie Harris
Neatly distilling various aspects of sex, reproduction and love, with the guidance of an inquisitive, loquacious bird and an embarrassed bee acting as comic and straight man... (elementary)
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris
What's happening to my body, and the other girls and boys bodies, what do I need to know?  Geared for late-elementary and older, with cartoon bird and bee adding unique commentary from  both the actively curious and the uncomfortable and shy perspectives... (upper elementary / middle school)
Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era by Boston Women's Health Book Collective  
An updated version of the classic volume from the 70's, including chapters on relationships, safety, diet, women's health, pregnancy & childbirth, abuse and much more... (teen to adult women)
Understanding the Facts of Life by Susan Meredith and Robyn Gee 
A double title: one side is about the Facts of Life, and the other about the responsibilities of raising Babies... good things to know, before you accidentally have one... (upper elementary)
What's Happening to Me? by Peter Mayle
Describes the mental and physical changes of puberty, in non-threatening but complete detail... (upper elementary)
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
Describes the reproductive process to answer those very early questions, with adorable cartoon illustrations.  I still remember the sperm in top hat and tails from when I was a kid... (lower elementary)

 
Helping others through Service...
The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Service learning in the curriculum, including ideas, activities, quotes, and books to read...  (grades K-12) Each of the individual books below may be used with or without The Complete Guide...
A Kids' Guide to Climate Change & Global Warming by Cathryn Berger Kaye
service learning activities and projects for middle and high school kids that make a difference on the local, national, and global scene (middle school and up)
A Kids' Guide to Helping Others Read & Succeed by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Learn about literacy, and how you can help! (ages 6 and up)
A Kids' Guide to Hunger & Homelessness by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Learn causes and effects, and what you can do to help... (ages 6 and up)
A Kids’ Guide to Protecting & Caring for Animals by Cathryn Berger Kaye and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Learn about welfare around the world, including cruelty prevention, emergency readiness, wildlife rehabilitation, animal advocacy habitat preservation, and shelter volunteering
Get Out!: 150 Easy Ways for Kids & Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future Recommended by Judy Molland
Want to learn more about nature? Experience the world in new ways? Go green and make the world a better place? Want the same things for the kids in your life?  Get Out! is chock full of ideas to help families, classroom teachers and group leaders achieve these goals and more!
The Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect With Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change by Barbara A. Lewis
Teens are acting to fight hunger and poverty, promote health and human rights, save the environment, and work for peace. Young people can make a difference on a global scale. Real-life stories inspire young readers, plus opportunities for service, fast facts, hands-on activities, user-friendly tools, and up-to-date resources kids can use to put their own volunteer spirit into practice...

Gifted Girls

The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World Recommended by Christine Fonseca (or from Amazon)
Finding your unique voice in a noise world can be hard, but not if you've got a great guide. A must read for girls entering adolescence. Stress management, relational aggression, online safety, mother-daughter relationships, and more...
No B.O.!: The Head-to-Toe Book of Hygiene for Preteens by Marguerite Crump
This frank, reassuring, humorous book covers the physical changes boys and girls experience during puberty and offers tips on caring for oneself from head to toe. Fascinating facts, friendly suggestions, and funny illustrations...

Gifted Boys

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  • No B.O.!: The Head-to-Toe Book of Hygiene for Preteens by Marguerite Crump
    This frank, reassuring, humorous book covers the physical changes boys and girls experience during puberty and offers tips on caring for oneself from head to toe. Fascinating facts, friendly suggestions, and funny illustrations...

    Gifted and LD...

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  • ADHD in HD: Brains Gone Wild Recommended by Jonathan Chesner
    A kinetic collection of frank personal stories of failure and success, hilarious anecdotes, wild ideas, and blunt advice that will resonate with teens and young adults. While most ADHD books are written to parents and educators, this is written to hold the attention of the teen and young adult reader with ADHD: more than 60 short essays, relevant topics, wacky illustrations—all stamped with Jonathan’s irresistible humor. Addresses the four main characteristics of ADHD: hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattention, and indecisiveness. It provides positive advice about school, family life, social life, dating, careers, medicine. Warning: it's a colorfully distracting book...
    Keeping a Head in School: A Student's Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders by Mel Levine
    Designed to help students with a wide range of learning disorders "gain a realistic insight into their personal strengths and weaknesses."  Levine heartens his readers -- not only by demonstrating a clear understanding of their difficulties but also by providing hope for the success that everyone needs...
    Putting on the Brakes by Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern
    Simple presentation explaining what ADHD is and offers ways for its victims to gain control of their lives. Short chapters, numerous black-and-white photographs and drawings, lists, wide margins, and large type will entice children to read the book from cover to cover. The authors' suggestions are practical and clearly described... Also Putting on the Brakes Activity Book for Kids with ADD or ADHD
    Squirrels in Deer Land: A Novel celebrating those with ADHD, Giftedness, and other things that make us, well, squirrelly... by Susie Binkley
    a novel with a purpose: to use the power of storytelling to help people with any kind of differences feel good about themselves. It is a story of heroes for those who are squirrelly - people who don't always color inside the lines or think inside the box, such as those with ADHD, giftedness, or learning or behavioral differences. Instead of focusing on the problems associated with being "different", it is a celebration of the wonderful skills and abilities that energetic, creative, squirrelly people have and the talents they contribute to our world...
    Take Control of ADHD: The Ultimate Guide for Teens With ADHD by Ruth Spodak and Kenneth Stefano (or from Amazon)
    Helps teens take control of their disorder and find success in school and in life. By creating the “ADHD Attention Profile” discussed in the book, readers will recognize how ADHD affects them, discover coping strategies and technology tools to improve their focus, and develop a self-advocacy plan they can use immediately...
    Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens With Asperger's Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders Recommended by Janet Price and Jennifer Engel Fisher (or from Amazon)
    Handbook for kids and teens on living successful lives with these disorders by taking control of their strengths to overcome their weaknesses, including tips on understanding the disorders, living with the symptoms, succeeding in school, completing homework, talking to others about strengths and needs, making friends and socializing, and using technology to connect with other kids and teens with these disorders. Includes ideas, information, and advice for students, by students just like them...
    Take Control of Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties Recommended by Jennifer Engel Fisher & Janet Price (or from Amazon)
    Guidebook written especially for kids with dyslexia and other reading difficulties to help them overcome their reading struggles and find success in school and beyond. Addresses the fundamentals of reading for elementary and middle school students, speaking to students directly in easy-to-understand language with charts, graphs, and illustrations...
    Take Control of OCD: The Ultimate Guide for Kids with OCD Recommended by Bonnie Zucker Psy.D. (or from Amazon)
    Guide just for kids ages 10–16 with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to help them take control of their disorder and find success in school and in life. Using a cognitive-behavioral therapy method to stress gradual exposure to students' obsessive thinking patterns, the book takes kids step-by-step through a ladder-based process to conquer their fears and demolish their worries...
    What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD by Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews
    Designed to help students with a wide range of learning disorders "gain a realistic insight into their personal strengths and weaknesses."  Levine heartens his readers -- not only by demonstrating a clear understanding of their difficulties but also by providing hope for the success that everyone needs...
     
    The Adventures of Everyday Genius... by Barbara Esham, illustrated by Mike Gordon Recommended
    Visit Mainstream Connections for many great reviews and endorsements by the Eides, Silverman, Reis, Baum, and many more!
    If You're So Smart, How Come Can't You Spell Mississippi? Recommended
    Katie always thought that her dad was smart; he is one of the busiest attorneys in town! People are always asking him for advice! She has been a bit confused since asking for help with her weekly spelling list. How can her "very smart" dad struggle with one of her spelling words? This definitely did not make sense.  The word "Mississippi" had changed everything...
    Stacey Coolidge's Fancy Smancy Cursive Handwriting Recommended
    How does Stacey do it? How can Carolyn not do it? Carolyn has been practicing cursive handwriting every day for weeks, but she is not getting any closer to Frederick, the class guinea pig. It's a good thing her teacher, Mrs. T., is able ot turn her frustration into confidence...
    Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have The Wiggle Fidgets Recommended
    David doesn't know how he ends up in such "situations." At the time, it just seems like such a great idea. His teacher, Mrs. G., has had about enough; he can tell by the way her voice changes when she speaks to him. This time, he believes that he has come up with the best idea yet - the perfect plan to make everything better...
    Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Recommended
    One by one, Max's classmates turn in their finished papers before the timer rings.  Not Max, as soon as the teacher starts the timer, "it" happens! His heart begins to pound. Once his heart begins to pound, his hands begin to sweat and his brain freezes!  Math must not be his thing...

    Gifted and Dyslexic...

    How to Write Really Badly by Anne Fine (or from Amazon.co.uk How to Write Really Badly)
    Chester Howard's seatmate at his new school is Joe, a boy who has a tough time learning anything in school.  He knows he's clever - Joe can build incredible models - but he can't get to grips with his school work and his desk is a mess beyond belief...
     
    My Name is Brain Brian by Jeanne Betancourt
    Brian and his fellow members of the Jokers Club hate school. To make it more fun, they create a secret game, winning points for making other people laugh during the day. Brian wins the first point when he writes his name as "Brain" on the blackboard. But it's no joke. (grades 4-6)
     
    Pony Pals series by Jeanne Betancourt
    Lucinda (Lulu) Sanders has always wanted a pony, and now that she's forced to stay in the small town of Wiggins with her Grandmother...  A fantastic series for young horse lovers, with a dyslexic as one of the three main characters, and the difficulties facing her woven into each book   (ages 9-12)
    I Want a Pony Pony-Sitters A Pony for Keeps
    The Blind Pony A Pony In Trouble The Missing Pony Pal
    Give Me Back My Pony Detective Pony Pony to the Rescue
    The Saddest Pony Too Many Ponies Moving Pony
    Runaway Pony Stolen Ponies Good-Bye Pony
    The Winning Pony The Wild Pony Western Pony
    Don't Hurt My Pony The Pony and the Bear Circus Pony
    Unlucky Pony Keep Out, Pony! The Lonely Pony
    The Girl Who Hated Ponies He's My Pony Ponies From The Past
    The Magic Pony Ponies On Parade The Pony and the Haunted Barn
     
    Spellwright by Blake Charlton Recommended
    The story of a young man searching for his place in the world. Would-be spellwright (i.e., wizard) Nicodemus Weal may be the only person able to prevent a magical apocalypse. Or maybe he’ll bring about the end of magic. He desperately wants to become a wizard but has a big problem: he’s a cacographer. For Nico, anything he touches is instantly misspelled, and when this happens with magical texts, the consequences can be deadly...
     
    Take Control of Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties Recommended by Jennifer Engel Fisher & Janet Price (or from Amazon)
    Unlike most books that focus on the "how-to's" of reading, this book teaches kids what reading is all about. Learn about the different skills involved in the reading process, why learning how to read can be difficult, tips for studying and completing homework more easily, and what kinds of strategies and technologies might help improve their reading abilities. Interviews with other kids with dyslexia and reading difficulties offer insight into the frustrations that come with reading difficulties and provide encouragement to push forward to reading success...
     

    Gifted and Aspergers / Autistic...

    All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome Recommended by Kathy Hoopman
    This touching picture book explains the joys and challenges of raising a "different" child.  Good for kids and adults alike, leaving the reader with a sense of the dignity and potential of the Aspergers child...
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    A murder mystery of sorts -- told by an autistic boy. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers...
    How to Talk to an Autistic Kid Recommended by Daniel Stefanski
    Who better to explain the challenges of typical kids communicating with autistic kids than 14-year-old Daniel Stefanski, who has autism? “Even though my brain is different, I’m still a kid.” And like any kid who’s been ignored, Daniel can often feel lonely. Through his casual and frank narration, he recognizes that autistic kids may look and sound different when trying to communicate, but they still want to be included...
    The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) Recommended by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve
    Have a child just diagnosed with Aspergers or other Autism Spectrum Disorder or Nonverbal Learning Disorder? This book should be your first purchase. Real problems are answered with real solutions shared by kids, and illustrated cheerfully with drawings of kids of every gender and race. An appealing and valuable read for kids and the adults who love them...
    Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens With Asperger's Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders Recommended by Janet Price and Jennifer Engel Fisher (or from Amazon)
    A unique handbook for kids and teens on living successful lives with these disorders by taking control of their strengths to overcome their weaknesses, including tips on understanding the disorders, living with the symptoms, succeeding in school, completing homework, talking to others about strengths and needs, making friends and socializing, and using technology to connect with other kids and teens with these disorders. Includes ideas, information, and advice for students, by students just like them...

    Gifted Young Authors...

    The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
    "John Gardner was famous for his generosity to young writers, and (this book) is his . . . gift to them. The Art of Fiction will fascinate anyone interested in how fiction gets put together. For the young writer, it will become a necessary handbook, a stern judge, an encouraging friend." -- The New York Times Book Review.
     
    On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
    John Gardner understands the poor, young, serious-fiction writer. Gardner's sympathetic On Becoming a Novelist is the novelist's ultimate comfort food--better than macaroni and cheese, better than chocolate. Gardner, a fiction writer himself (Grendel), knows in his bones the desperate questioning of a writer who's not sure he's up to the task. He recognizes the validation that comes with being published, just as he believes that "for a true novel there is generally no substitute for slow, slow baking." Gardner also has strong feelings about what kinds of workshops help (and whom they help), and what kinds hinder. But a full half of Gardner's book is devoted to an exploration of the writer's nature...
     
    Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write Recommended by Victoria Hanley (or from Amazon)
    Elements of fiction, from creating believable dialogue to exciting plots, laid out clearly and illustrated with examples taken straight from story excerpts by excellent writers, writing exercises designed to encourage teens to tell the stories that are theirs alone, plus other published authors of young adult literature share their insights about the writing life. Teens gain firsthand advice from T. A. Barron, Joan Bauer, Hilari Bell, Chris Crutcher, David Lubar, Lauren Myracle, Todd Mitchell, Nancy Garden, and more...
     
    Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw by YOU, created by Bill Zimmerman, artwork by Tyler Page
    Great kick-start for reluctant writers, this make-your-own take on comic books will appeal to tweens—both boys and girls, and never mind the title... With oh-so-right topics—such as music, texting, and school lockers—the book offers lots of cool links for online exploration, too...

    Perfectionism...

    Also visit Perfectionism and the Gifted Child

    Bookmarked: Teen Essays on Life and Literature from Tolkien to Twilight Recommended by Ann Camacho
    Young people from a wide range of backgrounds reflect on how words from literature connect with and influence their lives, goals, and personal philosophies. Topics include suffering the death of a parent, facing a life-threatening illness, letting go of perfectionism, making friends, realizing goals, and grappling with questions of faith and sexuality. Books cited range from The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby to Twilight and Lord of the Rings.

    Teachers, guidance counselors, and parents working with teens on personal essays— including for college applications—will find useful samples, models, and inspiration. Teachers of literature, writing, and language arts classes can also use these essays as a way to help teens explore literature—and their own responses to it—through writing...

    What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide For Kids  by Tom Greenspon
    Written for young people, preteens and teenagers about what perfectionism is and learning how to deal with it. Emphasizes that perfectionism isn't just wanting to do well - it's an obsessive fear of performing less-than-perfect in any way, and is always harmful...

    Underachievement...

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    Get Off My Brain: A Survival Guide for Lazy* Students (*Bored, Frustrated, and Otherwise Sick of School) by Randall McCutcheon
    Aimed at bright, talented kids who are bored, frustrated, and otherwise sick of school, including so-called "underachievers," Get Off My Brain is an offbeat, unconventional study guide
    Get Organized Without Losing It by Janet S. Fox
    Starts by defining the problem, and then offering great suggestions for solutions, all in a humorous voice that makes it easy to read and actually DO...
    How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Verdick
    Contrary to what children believe, homework is not meant to make them miserable. It is a serious business, however, and one of the great things about it is that "you get to do it at home." Designed to make kids laugh while recognizing the importance of school assignments...
    See You Later, Procrastinator! by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick
    Kids today are notorious for putting things off—homework and chores take a backseat to playing video games, hanging out with friends, watching television, or surfing online. Full-color cartoons and text teach kids how to get motivated, stay motivated, and get things done. Kids learn 12 reasons why people procrastinate and 12 Procrastination Busters that can help; 20 ways to kiss procrastination good-bye; tips for avoiding the dreaded Domino Effect...

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