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Reading Lists for your Gifted Child
"One way to approach the question of guiding gifted readers is to
consider their intellectual and emotional development in light of reading and
literature. What are the intellectual and emotional challenges they face
specifically because they are gifted? What reading programs can be offered to
help them meet these challenges successfully?" Judith Wynn Halsted, Guiding
the Gifted Reader (ERIC Digest #481)
The Reader's Bill of Rights
Better Than Life
|The right to not read. |
|The right to skip pages. |
|The right to not finish. |
|The right to reread. |
|The right to read anything. |
|The right to escapism. |
|The right to read anywhere. |
|The right to browse. |
|The right to read out loud. |
|The right not to defend your tastes. |
Find books at a similar level to books your child is already reading... a
- Grief and Grieving
- A collection of resources for dealing with the death of a loved one, or a
beloved pet, books and sites for all ages...
- Hoagies' Hot Topics!
- Wild about science fiction, math, genetics, poetry, programming, biographies, science
or other "hot" topics for gifted kids? Check this list for lots of books for all ages, on these and other Hot Topics for gifted kids!
A reading list of a different color, Hot Topics! books are listed by topic first, and
reading level second...
of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High
by Judith Wynn Halsted
Roeper Review says it all: "...should be on the shelf of every school
library, whether that school offers gifted programming or not." Also
Education secretary arranges boys' bookshelves
List, or better yet visit the Hoagies' Page: Hot
Topics for Teen Boys version (with links)A list of more than 160 books, from Frankenstein to Bill Bryson's A
Short History of Nearly Everything, has been published today in a bid to
encourage teenage boys to read for pleasure...
Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
The CollegeBoard (the SAT folks) list for our kids... have you read them
101 Out-Of-This-World Books For Kids Ages 8-13 Compiled by Arrowhead Library System
Library System College Bound Reading List
Including titles in American and World Literature, Biography/History,
Science, Drama, Poetry
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Newbery and Caldecott Medal Book lists, great sites for kids and young adults, tips for parents
Books: A Unique Reading List for Gifted Students in Grades 6-12 by
"Books that are so good that gifted kids talk about them, recommend them
to others, and even line up to get their name on a waiting list in my
classroom for their turn to read..."
100 Banned and/or Challenged Novels of the 20th Century
those infamous "banned book" gifted kids love and adore! Don't forget
to celebrate Banned
Books Week during the last week of September each year...
1938 - present awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children
Coretta Scott King Award Books 1970-present presented annually to authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."
Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books,
published in the U.S., have made, over a period of years, a substantial and
lasting contribution to literature for children
Michael L. Printz Award 2000-present awarded annually a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature
1922 - present awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children
Belpré Award presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and
illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino
cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and
Seuss Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most
distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature
known as beginning reader books
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) books
written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through
Books for the College Bound for students in grades 9-12 (and below!) who
wish to enrich and strengthen their knowledge of various subject areas in
both classic and contemporary literature, on subjects including History,
Humanities, Literature and Language Arts, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences
Great Graphic Novels for Teens recommended graphic novels and
illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18
Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of
his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers quick picks and top ten
lists for reluctant YA readers...
Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults a great new list, beginning in
Teen Books of 2011 by Kirk US
It may be easy to think that books for teens are all the same these days.
Not so! Sifting through the piles of great books published for teens this
year, [Kirk Reviews Editor] discovered soulful romance of the utterly normal
kind, deliciously frothy historical novels, piercingly intelligent
nonfiction, thrillingly inventive fantasy and science fiction and some great
kickass horror, as well as some books that may leave you weeping with
and Autobiographies: Life Models in the Classroom by Bertie Kingore
Biographies and autobiographies frequently serve as role models for gifted
students by illustrating how even prominent or successful people experience
triumphs, failures, and hardships throughout their lives. Activities are
suggested, and list of recommended biographies and autobiographies is
Books for Children Featuring Gifted Children collected by Linda Silverman
A great list, with books from Judy Blume to Stephanie Tolan and lots more, plus resources for annotation, instruction, and study guidelines for many of the books.
Most of these books are older or classic literature; for newer fiction and
non-fiction titles for gifted kids, visit Hot Topics
Reading List: On Being Gifted
Public Library Book Lists and Magazines
Categorical lists including lists by grade levels from Boston Public Schools
and several excellent Boston private schools, and subject lists including
Books about Dragons,
Older Boys, Series for
and lots more! Plus magazines to read online including
Sports Illustrated for Kids,
Dragonfly, and more!
California Department of Education Reading List
Annotated and by grade level (or range), this list includes tons of books our kids love, and gives us some idea what they're reading, too
Children's Literature Web List Internet resources related to books for children and young adults
Wonderful site, including reading lists, links to author's sites, Readers' Theatre, and lots more!
Reading Association Journal: Children’s Literature Resources
Reading lists, including African American, American Indian, Asian American
and Latino/Latina American Literature lists...
To help parents and children find books they will love and never forget, we have collected a list of good titles for all ages, based on books we and our own children have read and enjoyed - the cream of the crop
Literature for learning and shared reading, investing in the whole child...
(Note: this is good reading list, but exercise caution before clicking on their
links, some of which are old, bad, or lead to link farms and other dangers)
Essential Nonfiction Reading List for High School and Beyond
Including postmodern graphic novels, some new books, some older... a great
list for all older teens and adults!
Kids, Gifted Characters, and Great Books by Bertie Kingore
The annotated bibliography in this article focuses on the following three
criteria: the books are written by authors of merit; each book contains
well-developed characters who display gifted behaviors; and the stories include
thought-provoking problem situations, issues, or personal needs with which
gifted students can identify...
Good Books for Good Readers
Annotated Book List, including books with gifted kids as a major character, and long books with sequels for kids who read too fast
Books for Gifted Kids Wikispace
A collection of great books for gifted kids, featuring gifted kids.
This ever-growing resource will continue to provide old and new reading ideas
for our kids...
Books For Girls: More Than 600 Books to Inspire Today's Girls and Tomorrow's
Women by Kathleen Odean
For girls, a guide for parents and educators looking for books "about
girls who defy the stereotypes about females in our culture." Her work
introduces 600 titles, ranging from picture-story books for toddlers to
biographies and novels for adolescents that depict girls and women who are
self-sufficient, decisive, and assertive.
Great Books for Boys by Kathleen Odean
For boys, one of the things that many boys give up on their way to manhood
is a love of reading." This thoughtfully compiled annotated bibliography gives
parents, teachers, and librarians strategies to help prevent this loss. Titles
are organized by reader age and genre.
GT-World Reading Lists Let the reading begin!
Reading suggestions gathered from TAGFAM and GT-World mailing lists, for gifted kids of all ages and reading levels
Horn Book Recommend Books
Categorical lists from Children's Classics to Graphic Novels, from African
American to Asian and Pacific American to Latino books, plus the Boston
Globe-Horn Book Awards and many other lists...
Reading Association Teachers’ Choices Booklists
Since 1989, the Teachers’ Choices project has developed an annual annotated
reading list of new books that will encourage young people to read...
Robinson's 175 Cool Boys from Children's Literature
Robinson's 200 Cool Girls from Children's Literature
Boys, enjoy the adventures of the many brave, smart, intrepid, and funny
boys on this list.
Girls, treasure these smart, brave, funny, independent girls from the world of
Excellence in Reading Award Program
Acknowledging the value of the National Endowment for the Humanities'
appreciation of classic literature for young people, the Mensa Foundation
provides a year-round challenge to kids of all ages. Scroll down for the reading
A list of recommended readings, represents the National Endowment for the
Humanities' long-standing effort to highlight classic literature for young
people from kindergarten through high school...
York Times Children's Bestsellers List
The nation's best picture books, chapter books, paperbacks and series, every
Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books
Not a children's list, but an excellent resource for young adult and adult
science fiction / fantasy readers, plus even younger kids in most cases...
Snark Top 100 YA Novels (2010)
Popular vote for the top YA Novels they read in 2010, based on "the
emergence of subjectivity as a development of a central character’s ability to
express self-recognition or agency." A good international list!
Salt Lake City Public Library Booklists
Picture Books for Boys,
Cultures including 9 unique cultures,
Lists by Subject, and more...
Salt Lake County Library System Graded Book Lists
Although the grades aren't necessarily appropriate for gifted kids, these are good lists, complete with short description of each book
Interested in a book at a similar level (or higher, or lower) to the
books the child is already reading? Type the name of a book into
and find other Scholastic books at a similar level
Smithsonian Magazine Notable Books for Children
notable book lists (though you may need to adjust the age ranges for our gifted kids)
of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High
by Judith Wynn
Roeper Review says
it all: "...should be on the shelf of every school
library, whether that school offers gifted programming or not."
Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Stephanie Tolan Reading
List - Books and Plays
Stef's great collection of fiction. Often, a gifted child can find himself in Stef's books
Pierce's Recommended Reading Lists
A great collection of reading lists, including
science-fiction for young adults,
fantasy for young adults,
writing, and more...
Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children and Teens, with brief annotations
on each book, organized by interest areas: Alchemy, Angels, Cats, Dragons,
a Girl to Read? by Justine Henning, New York Times
If you don't want to read about sex and drugs — or don't want your kids
reading about them — young adult fiction can look like a minefield.
Publishers rarely give age guidance on these novels, though online
booksellers are sometimes more helpful; be forewarned that if the rating is
"young adult" or "14 and up," that often means sexual content. Yet it's
possible to avoid the thinly imagined characters, as well as the reckless,
credit-card-reliant behavior, of teenage chick lit and find many superb
novels for girls...
Gifted Readers Hunt for Books by Richard Olenchak (full text requires NCTE
An annotated list of books for the gifted child...
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