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5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options by Deborah L. Ruf
Using gifted children as examples, Ruf illustrates five new levels of giftedness, which parents may be able to estimate in their child by comparing developmental milestones...
Academic Acceleration, Knowing Your Options previously published by Johns Hopkins IAAY publications
A concise summary of research on academic acceleration, including answers to the common questions of social emotional adjustment, self-esteem, and more. Now out of print, use interlibrary loan to locate a copy
Academic Acceleration of Gifted Children Recommended edited by Southern and Jones
A comprehensive textbook on acceleration, with chapters on early acceptance to kindergarten or to college, affective development of acceleration of gifted students, identification of good candidates.  Also available from Amazon.co.uk
Academic Competitions for Gifted Students: A Resource Book for Teachers and Parents by Mary Tallent-Runnels and Ann Candler-Lotven
Lists available competitions, with focus on academics, characteristics of good competitions, and useful tips on selecting the right competitions make it unique and valuable. In addition, helps parents and teachers minimize problems and maximize benefits of academic competitions for gifted learners...
Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K-5 Recommended by Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Y. Walker, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth  (Also available from Amazon)
Practical guide corrects misunderstandings of acceleration and provides the tools necessary to effectively determine the most appropriate learning options for gifted students. Through real-life stories, authors dispel common myths about acceleration and describe what it is, what forms it takes, and what it can do for gifted learners—intellectually, socially, and emotionally.  Includes instructional strategies for implementation in various school settings...
Accidental Genius by Kevin and Cassidy Kearney
Life with profoundly gifted children, experiences in dealing with school systems, and what happens to gifted girls
Adventures and Challenges: Real Life Stories by Girls and Young Women by Frances A. Karnes and Suzanne M. Bean
Stories of girls and young women who have pursued their quests for adventure and exemplified positive risk taking in both the mental and physical domains
And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-city High School Students by Miles Corwin
As LA Times reporter Miles Corwin chronicles 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, with whom Corwin spent the 1996-1997 academic year as a silent observer...
And the skylark sings with me by David H. Albert
Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education. This account of the nurturing of child genius is a superb model of what all parents can do to bring forth the best in their children...
Annemarie Roeper: Selected Writings and Speeches by Annemarie Roeper, Linda Kreger Silverman
Excellent book, including Parenting the Gifted, Issues in gifted child education, and more
Assessment of Children WISC-IV and WPPSI-III Supplement by Jerome M. Sattler and Ron Dumont
Full of helpful administrative and interpretive tips, it is a must-have reference for students and clinicians involved in intelligence testing...
Barefoot Irreverence by James R. Delisle (Also available from Amazon)
Always diverse in the breadth of his topics, but consistent in his philosophical outlook, Delisle tackles such crucial issues as standardized testing, differentiation, the theory of Multiple Intelligences, the social and emotional lives of gifted children, character education, and the portrayal of gifted children in the media...
Becoming a Master Student by David B. Ellis
A great book for students of all skill levels and ages. Filled with brief 'articles' describing techniques that can help with everything from having your study area designed correctly for you, to basics in note taking and preparing for exams
Being Gifted in School: An Introduction to Development, Guidance, And Teaching Recommended by Laurence J. Coleman & Tracy L. Cross (or from Amazon)
For educators, includes definitions and models of giftedness; identification of the gifted; teaching methods and best practices; creativity; counseling and guidance; administrative arrangements; and program prototypes and evaluation...
Being Smart about Gifted Education: A Guidebook for Educators and Parents Recommended by Dona J. Matthews and Joanne F. Foster
Practical strategies for the education of exceptionally high ability (a.k.a. gifted) children.  After addressing all the questions, debates and arguments about nature vs. nurture, elitism, testing, creativity, and more... all that's left is to serve the child's educational needs! Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Better IEP Meetings by Cynthia Herr and Barbara Bateman
The definitive guide to understanding and writing IEPs. It presents a powerful, three-step process that focuses on the individual student and avoids the all too common routinized approach to program development. [Although written for Special Education students, many states include gifted under special education and/or provide IEPs for gifted students... this is a great reference for all.]
Beyond Ritalin: Facts About Medication and Other Strategies for Helping Children, Adolescents, and Adults With Attention Deficit Disorders by Garber, Garber and Spizman
For everyone concerned with ADHD, for those wary of medication, for those who want to know more about Ritalin...
Bright, Talented, and Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners by Joy Lawson Davis Recommended
What does it really mean to be gifted and African American in the U.S. today? What do parents and teachers of gifted black students need to know to help students explore their potential, thrive in school and life. Easy to read, full of great insight for every reader, regardless of race...
Bringing Out the Best: A Resource Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children by Jacquelyn Saunders
A good mix of research-based conclusions and anecdotal stories of how children, parents, educators and society at large deal with giftedness
Bright Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Motivating Your Underachieving Child by Michael D. Whitley
For any parent who has ever been told, "your child isn't performing up to his or her potential," this book has the answer, a proven ten-step program to motivate underachieving children
A Case of Brilliance by Rebecca Lange Hein
One family's story of raising musically and academically gifted children... a fascinating read! Visit the author's site for a sample chapter and more
Challenge Math For the Elementary and Middle School Student Recommended by Edward Zaccaro
"Math is often taught as all scales and no music. This book contains the music!" I couldn't have said it better myself - tons of fun problems...  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Primary Grade Challenge Math - for the younger elementary student.  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Real World Algebra: Understanding the Power of Mathematics by Edward Zaccaro  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The Ten Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (But are Rarely Taught) by Edward Zaccaro  Also available from Amazon.ca
Children Above 180 IQ, Stanford Binet: Origins and Development by Leta S. Hollingworth
This classic work offers a penetrating examination and analysis of the characteristics and growth patterns of twelve children who scored at the genius level in intelligence testing. Full text of Children Above 180 IQ is now available from Project Gutenberg in HTML, EPUB and Kindle formats
The Children on the Hill: The Story of an Extraordinary Family by Michael Deakin
Hard to find but worth looking for, a story of the family of four children and their education and accomplishments
Classroom Identification of Visual-Spatial Learners: Differentiation Strategies For Creating a Successful Classroom Recommended by Alexandra Shires Golon
Includes strategies for preparing students for timed tests, developing handwriting skills, teaching spelling, getting students organized, and more...
The Cluster Grouping Handbook: How to Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement for All Recommended by Susan Winebrenner and Dina Brulles
In today’s standards-driven era, how can teachers motivate and challenge gifted learners and ensure that all students reach their potential? This book provides a compelling answer: the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model (SCGM).  Find a wealth of teacher-tested classroom strategies along with detailed information on identifying students for clusters, gaining support from parents, and providing ongoing professional development. Special attention toward empowering gifted English language learners. CD-ROM features all of the reproducible forms plus a PowerPoint presentation...
College is Yours in 600 Words or Less: The Roeper School College Handbook Recommended by Patrick O'Connor
A quick but complete guide that leads you through the maze of college selection with the simple, revolutionary idea that students already have great lives-- what they now need is a college where they can live that great life, and learn more about themselves and the world...
College Planning for Gifted Students: Choosing And Getting into the Right College Recommended by Sandra L. Berger
Everything you need to know and do, starting in 7th and stepping right through 12th grade, to plan for college for your gifted student.  Why don't the school counselors tell us this?!  Timelines, checklists, and more
Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges Recommended by Loren Pope
Thinking about college? Looking for the 'right' college for yourself, or your child? This book is for you! Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed. Child by Lawrence M. Siegel
The book is written with the lay person in mind in a clear and concise manner. The whole IEP process is spelled out in easy to follow steps that gently glides one through the process
Comprehensive Curriculum For Gifted Learners Recommended by Joyce VanTassel-Baska
Most comprehensive and most practical text on the theory and practical considerations involved in helping gifted students excel...  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Content Based Curriculum for High Ability Learners by Joyce VanTassel-Baska and Catherine Little
Written by recognized gifted curriculum leader VanTassel-Baska and her associates at the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, this award-winning service publication of the National Association for Gifted Children illustrates award-winning curriculum units in language arts, social studies and science...
Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different Recommended by Donald Asher
Thinking about college? Looking for the 'right' college for yourself, or your child? This book is for you! Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Competitions for Talented Kids: Win Scholarships, Big Prize Money, And Recognition by Frances A. Karnes and Tracy L. Riley
Comprehensive up-to-date listing of national competitions available for students...
Counseling the Gifted and Talented Recommended by Linda Kreger Silverman
A great resource for understanding the many and complex needs of gifted children... Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Counseling Gifted and Talented Children: A Guide for Teachers, Counselors, and Parents Recommended by Roberta M. Milgram
Gives counselors, classroom teachers, gifted education specialists, and parents an understanding of the academic and social-personal needs of gifted and talented students, awareness of ways that they themselves may help these children, and an introduction to the available guidance strategies and materials... Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Cradles of Eminence: Childhoods of More Than 700 Famous Men and Women by Victor Goertzel, Mildred Goertzel, Ted Goertzel, and Ariel Hansen
The 1964 provocative classic by Victor and Mildred Goertzel is printed here in its entirely, plus updated for the 21st Century. Do prominent individuals share common childhood experiences? What factors in childhood contribute to a prolific adulthood? Among the fascinating similarities of these eminent personalities are that most: * grew up in homes with a strong love of learning; * had strong, opinionated, pushy parents; * grew up feeling different from others...
Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education: What the Research Says Recommended by National Association for Gifted Children, edited by Jonathan A. Plucker & Carolyn M. Callahan, a service publications of the National Association for Gifted Children
The definitive reference book for those searching for a summary and evaluation of the literature on giftedness and gifted education.  Topics include Neural Bases of Giftedness, Early Childhood and Identification, Academic Competitions and Creativity, Writing, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics, and nearly 40 others; each evaluation is written by the leading researchers in the specific field. Only the Homeschooling topic seems ill-reported...
The Critical Issues in Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education Series by Joyce VanTassel-Baska, a service publications of the National Association for Gifted Children
Multi-volume collection, written with the busy classroom teacher in mind.  Great topics, with ready-to-implement solutions from respected professionals...
bullet Alternative Assessments with Gifted and Talented Students
bulletPatterns and Profiles of Promising Learners From Poverty
bullet Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Service
bulletSocial-Emotional Curriculum With Gifted and Talented Students with Tracy Cross and F. Richard Olenchak
Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families Recommended by Lisa Rivero
This terrific book is for homeschooling parents and more - there is information for schooling parents, school teachers, gifted teachers, and more, on gifted children, learning styles, internet resources, and so much more!
Crossover Children: A Sourcebook for Helping Children Who Are Gifted and Learning Disabled by Marlene Bireley
Gifted LD kids need to work from their strengths!
Developing Math Talent: A Guide for Educating Gifted and Advanced Learners in Math Recommended by Susan Assouline and Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik (or from Amazon)
Educators (and parents) guide to educating the math-gifted child... Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Different Minds: Gifted Children With AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and other Learning Deficits Recommended by Deirdre V. Lovecky
Recognizing the different levels and kinds of giftedness, Lovecky provides insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with various learning difficulties.  Guides parents and professionals through diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behavior and relationships at home and at school...  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The Difficult Child: Expanded and Revised Edition by Stanley Turecki
Parents and teachers often label children as "difficult" but this can mean such a variety of things. This book includes excellent descriptors of behaviors and traits...
Diverse Populations of Gifted Children: Meeting Their Needs in the Regular Classroom and Beyond by Starr Cline and Diane Schwartz
Written to help classroom teachers identify and plan for gifted children from special populations, including children with disabilities, minorities, the learning disabled, preschoolers, the exceptionally gifted, gifted females and underachievers
Dreamers, Discoverers and Dynamos : How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School (was: The Edison Trait) by Lucy Jo Palladino
Edison Trait kids have the qualities that make innovative leaders, inventors, explorers, yet they often have a hard time in school where their personality traits may be seen as weak or negative
Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping With Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey
Answers to Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey
Driven to Distraction reveals why millions of adults and children are chronic underachievers, caught up in persistent problems in school, at work, and at home. Answers To Distraction provides practical solutions to the dilemmas of ADD
Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds (And What We Can Do to Fight Back) Recommended by James R. Delisle (or Kindle)
At a time when the U.S. education system consistently lags behind its international peers, Dumbing Down America shows exactly why America can't keep up by providing a critical look at the nation's schools through the eyes of the children whose minds are languishing in countless classrooms. Filled with specific examples of how gifted children are being shortchanged by a nation that believes smart kids will succeed on their own, Dumbing Down America packs a powerful message: If we want our nation to prosper, we must pay attention to its most intelligent youth...
Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children's Talents by Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Lisa Limburg-Weber, Steven Pfeiffer (or from Amazon)
advice and guidance for parents on how to recognize and nurture talent in preschool and elementary school-aged children...
Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive Feelings Recommended Christine Fonseca (or from Amazon)
Easy-to-read, using real-world examples through case studies and role-plays that show parents and teachers how to interact with gifted children in a way that teaches them how to recognize, monitor, and adjust their behavior. Worksheets, tip sheets, and checklists are included to help parents, teachers, and the students themselves learn to cope with the explosive feelings that often accompany giftedness. Specific strategies for stress management, underperformance in school, perfectionism, and social anxiety make this a must-read for anyone wishing to make a positive lasting impact on the lives of gifted children...
Empowering Gifted Minds: Educational Advocacy That Works Recommended by Barbara Gilman
Empowering Gifted Minds discusses the many questions parents ask (or should ask!) in the years after learning their child is gifted, offering answers, ideas, and sometimes, more questions to ask.  See my detailed review on Amazon... Or order from Amazon.co.uk
Empowering Underachievers: New Strategies to Guide Kids (8-18) to Personal Excellence by Peter A. Spevak and Maryann Karinch
...equips parents and teachers with the information and processes they need to engage underachievers in a transformation to become self-motivated, responsible and happy individuals
Enjoy Your Gifted Child by Carol Addison Takacs
Includes topics such as role models and social skills...
The Essential Guide to Talking With Gifted Teens: Ready-to-use Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More Recommended by Jean Sunde Peterson
Gifted teens have concerns, some like any other teen, and some unique to their giftedness, on topics including identity, perfectionism, relationships, stressors, and more.  This guide offers 50 ready-to-use discussion topics and materials; it's introduction gives detailed information on how ot use the book, and how to facilitate large or small group discussions with gifted teens.  I wish my teens had access to such a comprehensive discussion series! 
Essential Readings in Gifted Education
12 volume collection of seminal articles from Gifted Child Quarterly, with the knowledge and power of more than 25 years of research on giftedness and talent.  Or purchase separately...
bullet Definitions and Conceptions of Giftedness by Robert J. Sternberg and Sally M. Reis
bullet Identification of Students for Gifted and Talented Programs by Joseph S. Renzulli and Sally M. Reis
bullet Grouping and Acceleration Practices in Gifted Education by Linda E. Brody and Sally M. Reis
bullet Curriculum for Gifted and Talented Students by Joyce VanTassel-Baska and Sally M. Reis
bullet Differentiation for Gifted and Talented Students by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Sally M. Reis
bullet Culturally Diverse and Underserved Populations of Gifted Students by Alexinia Y. Baldwin and Sally M. Reis
bullet Twice-Exceptional and Special Populations of Gifted Students by Susan Baum and Sally M. Reis
bullet Social/Emotional Issues, Underachievement, and Counseling of Gifted and Talented Students by Sidney M. Moon and Sally M. Reis
bullet Artistically and Musically Talented Students by Enid Zimmerman and Sally M. Reis
bullet Creativity and Giftedness by Donald J. Treffinger and Sally M. Reis
bullet Program Evaluation in Gifted Education by Carolyn M. Callahan and Sally M. Reis
bullet Public Policy in Gifted Education by James J. Gallagher and Sally M. Reis
Excellence in Educating Gifted & Talented Learners by Joyce VanTassel-Baska, et. el.
Characteristics and needs of the gifted, combined with grouping, acceleration, and a comprehensive model of program development, with special attention given to the study of math, science, social studies and the humanities... (out of print)
Exceptionally Gifted Children Recommended by Miraca Gross
If you have an exceptionally gifted child, Read This Book! A fascinating study of a small group of exceptionally gifted (IQ>160) children, Gross follows these children over 20 years, and includes extensive details about their interests, family background, progress through school, and social and emotional as well as academic status. Gross shows that when these children are not allowed to learn at an appropriate pace and level it places them at serious risk.  Also available from from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Exceptionally Gifted Children First edition, occasionally available used, contains more of the research methods than the new version...
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene
Not ADHD, not ODD, but... explosive.  Whether at home, school, or both, this book gives great insight and good advice into these often frustrating children...
A Forgotten Voice: A Biography of Leta Stetter Hollingworth by Anne Klein
Dr. Klein has woven the threads of Leta Hollingworth's life and the strands of educational philosophy (both past and present) into a cloak well worth the trying on...
Failing at Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls by Myra and David Sadker
Provides shocking evidence of the gender bias that prevents girls from receiving the same education as boys
From Home Education to Higher Education: A Guide for Recruiting, Assessing, and Supporting Homeschooled Applicants Recommended by Lori Dunlap (or directly from GHF Press)
As the number of homeschoolers continues to increase, professionals who work with homeschoolers seeking higher education need to develop a plan to recruit, assess, and assimilate these particularly motivated, thoughtful, creative students. Combining her professional experience with insights gathered from surveys of US colleges and universities, author Lori Dunlap of TeachYourOwn.org provides the information you need to more fully understand this population, along with strategies and approaches for easily and effectively connecting with, engaging, and assessing these non-traditional students. Lori also helps homeschooling families discover what admissions professionals are looking for in their ideal applicant, better preparing them for the college application process...
Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds Recommended by Jan and Bob Davidson, with Laura Vanderkam (or Kindle)
The Davidsons offer an absorbing look at how our nation is neglecting children of exceptional intelligence. They make a compelling case for re-approaching giftedness as a potential disability (to give more attention to gifted kids) and an even stronger argument for parents, teachers and citizens to consider the potential loss to American society in the costliest imaginable terms.  For excerpts and review, visit Genius Denied.  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Genius in Residence by Audrey Grost
Out of print, but well worth locating. The story of an exceptionally gifted boy, as told by his mother
The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
Are you relentlessly curious and creative, always willing to rock the boat in order to get things done...  extremely energetic and focused, yet constantly switching gears... intensely sensitive, able to intuit subtly charged situations and decipher others' feelings... a truth-teller who pushes toward perfection, driven by a sense of personal mission?
Gifted Children and the Law: Mediation, Due Process and Court Cases by Frances Karnes and Ronald Marquardt
Reports and synthesizes the results of all reported legal actions concerning education of gifted and talented children. Since there is no federal mandate, the legal conflicts have been settled at the state or local level
Gifted Children and Legal Issues in Education: Parents' Stories of Hope by Frances Karnes and Ronald Marquardt
Parents of gifted children describe their searches for appropriate educational options along with their creative solutions, from early school admission to early high school graduation and awarding of credits
Gifted Children and Legal Issues: An Update by Frances Karnes and Ronald Marquardt
Since Gifted Children and the Law, many new court cases and administrative rulings have been reported; issues covered include advanced placement concerns, home-schooling problems, personal injury, civil rights, mediation, and due process
Gifted Children At Home by Janice Baker, Kathleen Julicher and Maggie Hogan
Written by home school moms for teaching gifted students at home (excellent resource, slight Christian flavor, but could easily be substituted as any faith / belief)
Gifted Children: Myths and Realities by Ellen Winner
Myths and misconceptions about gifted children abound and cloud our understanding...
Gifted Child Today Readers edited by Susan K. Johnsen and James Kendrick
6 volume collection brings together the best articles published in Gifted Child Today, the nation's most popular gifted education journal. Each book is filled with exciting and practical classroom ideas, useful summaries of research findings, discussions of identification and classroom management, and informed opinions about educating gifted kids...
bullet Language Arts for Gifted Students
bullet Math Education for Gifted Students  
bullet Science Education for Gifted Students
bullet Teaching and Counseling Gifted Girls
bullet Teaching Gifted Students With Disabilities
bullet Teaching Strategies in Gifted Education
Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential Recommended by Marylou Kelly Streznewski
Examine old and new research on the nature of intelligence and other gifts and explore ways gifted people hide their talents; includes interviews with a highly diverse collection of 100 gifted adults. An excellent book for every gifted adult, or adult with gifted children... Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Gifted Is Not a Dirty Word: Thoughts about being bright in an average world by Nancy Alvarado Stone
"A lot of the facts presented in books on gifted children are controversial..."  And that makes this an even more important book to read!  Living the life, and walking the walk, with parents of the gifted, and gifted adults.  Many of the same questions asked on Hoagies' Page: Snappy Come-backs, What do you tell the kids?, and more (purchase direct from publisher at danielstone@cox.net)
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 Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook Recommended by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child Recommended by Sally Yahnke Walker  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The ultimate guides to surviving and thriving in a world that doesn't always value, support, or understand high ability...
Giftedness, Conflict and Underachievement Recommended by Joanne Rand Whitmore
Though out of print, this text's research is included in every book and research paper concerning twice exceptional and underachieving gifted populations that has followed. A must have...
Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model by James T. Webb & Arlene Devries
A great guide for running a gifted parenting group, with week by week topics, guidelines for facilitators, and more...
Good Friends Are Hard to Find: Help Your Child Find, Make, and Keep Friends by Fred Frankel and Barry Wetmore
A step by step guide to 'what's age appropriate' for play, and how parents can make rules for kids to keep them moving in the direction of making and keeping friends. Good for shy kids and kids who seem to not get those unwritten social rules, or kids who have to deal with agemates that seem alien to them.  Read the Davidson Institute review...
Grandparents' Guide To Gifted Children by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore and Frances A. Karnes
Grandparents, with their greater life experience, will often realize—even before the parents—that a child is gifted, and that the child will need additional emotional and intellectual sustenance...
Growing Up Gifted: Developing the Potential of Children at Home and at School by Barbara Clark
Offers interesting, information-packed introduction to the characteristics of the gifted and talented children
Guiding Advanced Readers in Middle School by Teresa Masiello
Teachers, here's your differentiation guide for middle school readers. Challenge and inspire the gifted middle school student, plus reproducibles on literature circles, tiered activities, graphic organizers, and higher-level thinking discussion questions
Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers Recommended by James T. Webb, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, Stephanie S. Tolan
Considered the classic text of this field. Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Guiding the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Youth: A Practical Guide for Educators and Counselors by James R. Delisle
Social and emotional issues of the gifted child discussed... (out of print)
Handbook of Gifted Education by Nicholas Colangelo and Gary A. Davis, editors
This book is a must-have for teachers, administrators and parents of the gifted. The diversity of articles includes all the hot topics of gifted education written by some of the best known experts in the field. This book is especially good for the serious reader who has some background in gifted.  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education Recommended by Felicia A. Dixon and Sidney Moon (or from Amazon)
An in-depth, research-based look at ways schools and classrooms can support the development of gifted adolescents.  Each chapter is written by leading scholars and researchers in the field, including Nicholas Colangelo, Susan Assouline, Sally Reis, Donna Ford, Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Carolyn Callahan, more...
Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers by Carol Ann Strip
This user friendly guidebook educates parents and teachers about important gifted issues, an ideal resource for the beginner to seasoned veteran in educating gifted children
High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts edited by Kiesa Kay, Deborah Robson, Judy Fort Brenneman
Profoundly gifted kids often get the least help in school. It’s assumed they’re smart enough to succeed on their own, plus teachers (and parents) feel out of their depth with these unique kids. A blend of personal stories and practical strategies, scholarly articles and entertaining essays from a community of voices—parents, educators, authors, researchers, and other experts—this book addresses the joys and challenges of raising and teaching...
High-Tech Teaching Success! A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Innovative Technology in Your Classroom Recommended edited by Kevin D. Besnoy and Lane W. Clarke (or from Amazon)
Gives classroom teachers advice from technology education experts on how the latest tools and software can be implemented into lesson plans to create differentiated, exciting curriculum for all learners.  Focused on implementing technology in the four core areas of learning — math, science, language arts, and social studies...
The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them by Elaine Aron
Highly sensitive children (HSCs) are born deeply reflective, sensitive to the subtle, and easily overwhelmed. These qualities can make for smart, conscientious, creative children, but with the wrong parenting or schooling, they can become unusually shy or timid, or begin acting out. HSCs are often mislabeled as overly inhibited, fearful, or “fussy,” or classified as “problem children” (and in some cases, misdiagnosed with disorders such as ADD)...
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron
Are you easily overwhelmed by stimuli? Affected by other people's moods? Easily startled? Do you need to withdraw during busy times to a private, quiet place? This book helps HSPs (Highly Sensitive Persons) to understand themselves and their sensitive trait and its impact on personal history, career, relationships, and inner life...
How the Gifted Brain Learns by David Sousa
Dispelling the myths about the nature of giftedness with credible research, Sousa provides a greater understanding of the idiosyncrasies of gifted children, and the implications for teaching and parenting them...
How to Handle a Hard-To-Handle Kid: A Parent's Guide to Understanding and Changing Problem Behaviors by C. Drew Edwards
Writing with authority and compassion, Edwards explains why some children are especially challenging, for reasons from ADHD to profoundly gifted, then spells out clear, specific strategies parents can use to address and correct problem behaviors with firmness and love
The "I" of the Beholder: A Guided Journey to the Essence of a Child by Annemarie Roeper
"...takes us on a universal journey of self-discovery, and you crave more of her wisdom and insights... If every gifted educator and parent read this book, the lives of gifted children would be happier, healthier, and more whole." -- Jim Delisle
If I'm So Successful Why Do I Feel Like a Fake: The Impostor Phenomenon by Joan C. Harvey and Cynthia Katz
(Out of print, available used) When people advance too quickly they can be lauded too extravagantly thereby creating a gap between how others see them and how they see themselves
In the Eyes of the Beholder: Critical Issues for Diversity in Gifted Education edited by Diane Boothe and Julian C. Stanley (or from Amazon)
How does gifted education serve special populations, including a variety of culturally diverse populations?  How does education deal with these children today, and how can we improve their education?  How do gender and/or socio-economic diversity affect gifted education?
In the Mind's Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People With Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties, Computer Images and the Ironies of Creativity Recommended by Thomas G. West
This book has strong implications for anyone who has ever considered autism, dyslexia, or learning difficulties to be horrible things that must be stamped out. It shows that the apparent "weakness" and "lack of ability" in some areas can really be an aspect of a major (but often unrecognized) area of strength...  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Infinity and Zebra Stripes: Life with Gifted Children by Wendy Skinner
This book offers sage words for beginning parents and seasoned insights for those more experienced, including teachers. Skinner's unvarnished chronicle of life with 2 gifted children strikes just the right balance. More importantly, this rewarding little book highlights the responsibility of parents to reach out for information, stay aware of the bigger picture, and not leave the development of gifted children to chance...
Intelligent Life in the Classroom: Smart Kids & Their Teachers by Karen Isaacson & Tamara Fisher
Written to assist teachers in their journey teaching gifted children, Isaacson and Fisher combine humor and insight to offer teachers tons of ideas on dealing with gifted children's' curiosity, intensity, asynchrony, sense of humor, creative and divergent thinking, and many more traits...
Iowa Acceleration Scale Manual; A Guide for Whole-Grade Acceleration (Amazon or Barnes & Noble) Recommended by Susan G. Assouline, Nicholas Colangelo, Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Jonathan Lipscomb, Leslie Forstadt
For schools or parents, the Iowa Acceleration Scale provides a systematic and thorough approach to considering and implementing academic acceleration for gifted and talented students in grades K-8; read Hoagies' detailed review.  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Is This Your Child?: Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies by Doris J. Rapp
Details the physical and environmental factors that can contribute to our kids' behavior, including food, chemical sensitivities and 'sick building' syndrome
Is Your Child Hyperactive? Inattentive? Impulsive? Distractible?: Helping the Add/Hyperactive Child by Stephen W. Garber, Marianne Garber and Robyn Freedman Spizman
How to work with ADD/hyperactive children to help them build control, offering advice on diet, medication, coping with professionals, available resources, and programs to enhance attention span
Jane and Johnny Love Math: Recognizing and Encouraging Mathematical Talent in Elementary Students 
A guidebook for educators and parents of young math 'whizzes'
Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Concise, practical and humorous guide to getting of this vicious circle!
Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Create by Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee (or from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum)
The world has transformed on an epic scale, but education has barely budged. How can you incorporate all the creativity technology has to offer into your learning experiences, even if your technological abilities are limited? How can online tools help students, especially gifted and twice-exceptional students, connect with others from around the block or around the world to collaborate on projects? Ben and Neil of Engaging Educators offer step-by-step instructions to get you started using technology in your learning experiences. Discover new online tools geared toward collaborating and creating. Try out projects specifically designed with these tools in mind. Create a positive and interesting online portfolio to share with college recruiters and potential employers. Regardless of educational choice...
Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults Recommended by Susan Daniels & Michael M. Piechowski
Do you know an intense gifted child?  You must read this book!  An easy-to-read volume for parents, teachers, psychologists, everyone dealing with the gifted child, that explains the inexplicable, and guides us all in guiding the growth and development of our gifted children...
Living With the Active Alert Child: Groundbreaking Strategies for Parents by Linda S. Budd
For anyone who is confused, frustrated, and sometimes pushed to the limit by the seemingly uncontrollable behavior of their bright, lovable child
A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child by edited by Jonathan A. Plucker and Carolyn M. Callahan
Gifted children are susceptible to many de-motivating factors, which can lead to depression and academic underachievement. Learn concepts and techniques to counteract those factors, allowing a child's motivation to skyrocket...
The Many Faces of Giftedness: Lifting the Mask by Alexinia Y. Baldwin
Many children fail to get an appropriate education because of a preoccupation with ethnicity or a disability that leaves their intellectual strengths neglected...
"Mellow out" They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright by Michael M. Piechowski (also visit Piechowski's site "Mellow out" They Say...
“The purpose of this book is to give voice to the emotional life of bright young people, to show how their intensities and sensitivities make them more alive, more creative, and more in love with the world and its wonders” (Chapter 1)
Mentorship: The Essential Guide for Schools and Business by Jill M. Reilly
This book describes a highly successful mentorship program in 'how to' terms that are easily applied and adaptable to a variety of situations." James T. Webb, Ph.D., Co-Director, SENG
Methods And Materials For Teaching The Gifted by Frances A. Karnes & Suzanne M. Bean
Comprehensive textbook introduction to gifted education curriculum planning, instructional unit design, evaluation, and teaching methods. Chapters include differentiated curricular design, process skills development, instructional practices.  Expands upon earlier editions with new chapters and fully updated information and research...
Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children And Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, And Other Disorders Recommended by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak, and Sharon Lind
Physicians, psychologist, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. Six nationally prominent health care professionals describe ways parents and professionals can distinguish between gifted behaviors and pathological behaviors...  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success Recommended by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide
Misapplied labels can be devastating; properly diagnosed labels can change a child's life.  The Eides can help professionals and parents alike, to find the proper labels, as well as learning tools, exercises, and therapies that help children with similar labels.  Each chapter covers a unique learning challenge: Visual Problems, Attention Problems, Autism and Autism-like Disorders, and more...
Models of Counseling Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Recommended by Sal Mendaglio & Jean Sunde Peterson (or from Amazon)
Designed to help interested professionals conduct effective counseling with highly able clients, with literature review, techniques, and case studies for each technique...
Moving Past Perfect: How Perfectionism May Be Holding Back Your Kids (and You!) and What You Can Do About It Recommended by Tom Greenspon (Kindle or Paperback)
Perfectionism is not about doing our best. It’s not about the struggle for excellence or the healthy striving for high goals. Perfectionism is about believing that if we can just do something perfectly, other people will love and accept us—and if we can’t, we’ll never be good enough. That belief is a burden that can negatively affect all areas of a person’s life. Fortunately, parents who recognize perfectionistic patterns in themselves, in their kids, or in their families as a whole can make positive changes that will enrich their children’s lives and their own. In this positive, practical book...
A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students Recommended The Templeton National Report on Acceleration (free, download from this link!)
Acceleration is a powerful educational ally, but it’s a strategy that requires participation of parents as well as sensitivity to individual needs and circumstances. For that reason, this report is designed not only to persuade readers of the value of acceleration, but also to help schools administer acceleration programs effectively...
Nature's Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential by David Henry Feldman
Intensive, well-written case studies of the childhood development of 6 male child prodigies. It has much to say about prodigies, talent, intellectual giftedness, the family crucible, and the problems faced by these children in conventional schools
The New RtI: Response to Intelligence by Penny Choice and Sally Walker
Will the RtI movement leave Gifted students behind . . . again?  The New RtI provides academic challenge and social/emotional support to children of high potential. The authors turn the original RtI model on its side, create a mirror image, and place Tier 2 and Tier 3 students on a continuum, finally providing for ALL students in the classroom including gifted students...
The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration by Patricia Romanowski Bashe and Barbara L. Kirby
Delves into the shady, often misunderstood world of pervasive developmental disorders, of which perhaps the most well-known is autism, with clarity, warmth and amazing depth, focusing on Asperger Syndrome (AS). The authors present unfamiliar terms and jargon with full explanations
Once Upon a Mind: Stories and Scholars of Gifted Child Education by James Delisle
Introduces the research and practice of gifted child education, as well as the individuals who represent current and historical thinking in the discipline, with a strong emphasis on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness
On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children Recommended by Tracy Cross (or from Amazon)
A compilation of Tracy Cross' columns from Gifted Child Today in a single book... what we know, and what we don't know about the social and emotional issues facing gifted children.  Revised and updated version is even more comprehensive, for parents and educators...
The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Integration Dysfunction Recommended by Carol Stock Kranowitz
Do you know a child who plays too rough, is uncoordinated, hates being touched, is ultra-sensitive (or unusually insensitive) to noise or sensations of heat and cold?  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy, and Successful Kids by James R. Delisle (or from Amazon)
Provides a humorous, engaging and encouraging look at raising gifted children today.  Offers practical, down-to-earth advice that will cause parents to reexamine the ways they perceive and relate to their children...
Parenting Successful Children a video/DVD by Jim Webb
Over two dozen key strategies for parents to enhance family relationships...  Several other video/DVD titles are available: Do Gifted Children Need Special Help? and Is My Child Gifted? also by Jim Webb
Parenting With Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility Recommended by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline
Also available on cassette
Parenting Teens With Love & Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood Also available on cassette
Grandparenting With Love & Logic: Practical Solutions to Today's Grandparenting Challenges
Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years Also available on CD
Meeting the Challenge: Using Love and Logic to Help Children Develop Attention and Behavior Skills
A common sense approach to raising children, with lots of humor and positive suggestions for dealing with negative situations. Great parenting resource!
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children Recommended by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend & Arlene R. DeVries
Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge...  guides parents through all the phases and possibilities of the gifted child, including underachievement, sensitivities, twice exceptionalities, friendships, siblings, schools, identification, and much more!
Parent's Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education Recommended by David Palmer, or Kindle edition
Great introduction to IQ testing and gifted children.  Answers your questions, from Why test? to What do the scores mean? and What about scores of twice exceptional children?  Every parent entering the gifted education world should read this book...
Parents Guide to Raising a Gifted Child by James Alvino
a practical, informative, and authoritative primer for raising and educating our gifted children from preschool to adolescence. Beginning with sensible strategies to determine whether -- and in which area -- your child is gifted, this book takes parents through selecting an appropriate day-care center, a school, and a home reference library...
Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good? by Jan Goldberg and Caroline Price
Explore the difference between healthy ambition and unhealthy perfectionism, strategies for getting out of the perfectionist trap, why people become perfectionists, why girls are especially prone...
Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child's School With Confidence, the Elementary Years, K-6 by Bryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel
Leaves no stones unturned in addressing the critical intersection of child, family and school, and they have presented the material in a friendly, indexed, bite-sized format that makes Picky Parent Guide an invaluable reference...
Or download the PDF Choose a School for Your Gifted Child: A Picky Parent Guide Quick Kit (requires Adobe)
Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education
Multi-volume collection, written with the busy classroom teacher in mind.  Great topics, with ready-to-implement solutions from respected professionals... buy all 25!
bullet Acceleration Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners Frances A. Karnes (or from Amazon)
bullet Advanced Placement Programs and Gifted Students Elisaa F. Brown (or from Amazon)
bullet Advocacy for Gifted Children Joan D. Lewi, Frances A. Karnes and Kristen R. Stephen (or from )
bullet Arts Education for Gifted Learners Jesse Rachel Cukierkorn, Frances A. Karnes and Kristen R. Stephens (or from Amazon)
bullet Assessment in the Classroom: The Key to Good Instruction (or from Amazon)
bulletThe Challenges of Educating the Gifted in Rural Areas Joan D. Lewis (or from Amazon)
bullet Challenging Highly Gifted Learners Barbara Gilman, Frances A. Karnes, and Kristen R. Stephens (or from Amazon)
bullet Curriculum Compacting: An Easy Start to Differentiating for High Potential Students Frances A. Karnes (or from Amazon)
bulletDeveloping Leadership Potential in Gifted Students Suzanne M. Bean (or from Amazon)
bullet Developing Mentorship Programs for Gifted Students Frances A. Karnes and Kristen R. Stephens (or from Amazon)
bullet Early Childhood Gifted Education Nancy Hertzog, Frances A. Karnes and Kristen R. Stephens (or from Amazon)
bullet Enrichment Opportunities for Gifted Learners Frances A. Karnes (or from Amazon)
bullet Fostering Creativity in Gifted Students Frances Karnes and Bonnie Cramond (or from Amazon)
bulletGifted Adolescents Paula Olszewski-Kubilius (or from Amazon)
bullet Gifted Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Maureen Neihart and Kenneth Poon (or from Amazon)
bullet Identifying and Nurturing Math Talent M. Katherine Gavin (or from Amazon)
bullet Identifying Gifted Students: A Step-by-Step Guide Susan K. Johnsen, Frances A. Karnes and Kristen R. Stephens (or from Amazon)
bullet Independent Study for Gifted Learners Frances A. Karnes (or from Amazon)
bullet Inventions and Inventing for Gifted Students Thomas Herbert, Frances A. Karnes, and Kristen R. Stephens (or from Amazon)
bullet Language Arts for Gifted Learners Lauren Miller and Emily Lubkert  (or from Amazon)
bullet A Menu of Options for Grouping Gifted Students Karen Rogers (or from Amazon)
bullet Motivating Gifted Students Frances A. Karnes (or from Amazon)
bullet Questioning Strategies for Teaching the Gifted Frances A. Karnes (or from Amazon)
bullet Science Strategies for Students With Gifts and Talents Michael S. Matthews, Frances A. Karnes, Kristen R. Stephens (or from Amazon)
bullet Social & Emotional Teaching Strategies Stephanie A. Nugent and Frances A. Karnes (or from Amazon)
bullet Successful Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Students Kevin Besnoy (or from Amazon)
bullet Teaching Culturally Diverse Gifted Students Donna Y. Ford (or from Amazon)
bullet Using Media & Technology With Gifted Learners Frances A. Karnes
bullet When Gifted Students Underachieve: What You Can Do About It Sylvia Rimm, Frances A. Karnes and Kristen R. Stephens (or from Amazon)
bulletWorking with Gifted English Language Learners Michael S. Matthews (or from Amazon)
Programs and Services for Secondary Gifted Students: A Guide to Recommended Practices Recommended by Felicia A. Dixon (or from Amazon)
A reference for service and program options for practitioners, administrators, and coordinators; a companion to the more in-depth The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education.  Part I: the gifted adolescent's cognitive social and emotional dimensions, including suggestions for academic, personal/social, and career exploration best practices; Part II: programmatic offerings such as AP and IB, distance learning, magnet and other special schools, study abroad, and early entrance to college options; Part III: a view of optimal future directions—taking into account obstacles to change in today’s high schools...
Raisin' Brains Recommended by Karen L.J. Isaacson
A humorous look inside the home of 5 very gifted children... from the mom's point of view.  Prepare to have your funny bone tickled!
Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook Recommended by Carol Fertig (or from Amazon)
A menu of strategies, resources, organizations, tips, and suggestions for parents to find optimal learning opportunities for their kids, covering the gamut of talent areas, including academics, the arts, technology, creativity, music, and thinking skills. Focused on empowering parents by giving them the tools needed to ensure that their gifted kids are happy and successful both in and out of school...
Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids: Successfully Parenting Your Visual-Spatial Child by Alexandra Shires Golon
How do you know if you have one?  Allie paints a perfect picture!  And how do you parent and educate them?  Learn here...
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic Recommended by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
If you have an exceptionally spirited child, this book is written for you.  Now Also available Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook
Reaching New Horizons: Gifted and Talented Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Jaime Castellano and Eva Diaz
textbook, includes section Identifying and Nurturing Gifted Potential and Bilingualism
Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William S. Pollack
While not specifically about gifted children, Pollack addresses the issues around boys who are not "typical" for various reasons
Reforming Gifted Education: Matching the Program to the Child Recommended by Karen Rogers
THE book for parents and educators, for planning the educational program for a gifted child.  Everything you need to prepare, negotiate, and execute the best possible educational option for each child. Read DITD review...
Rethinking Learning Disabilities: Understanding Children Who Struggle in School by Deborah P. Waber (or on Kindle) Recommended
A leading researcher and clinician, Waber offers an alternative to the prevailing view of learning disability as a problem contained within the child. Instead, she shows how learning difficulties are best understood as a function of the developmental interaction between the child and the world. Integrating findings from education, developmental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience...
Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child by Jeffrey Freed and Laurie Parsons
"If there is a child in your life who fits the ADD pattern, let this be the one book you read cover to cover before proceeding with any intervention." C.R. of UOG
Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development by Carol S. Dweck
Shed light on how people work: why they sometimes function well, and at other times, behave in ways that are self-defeating or destructive. Presents research on adaptive and maladaptive cognitive-motivational patterns
A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls by Susannah Sheffer
It is not that homeschooling per se protects a girl, but that its a different picture among girls "whose homeschooling was characterized by a high degree of choice, autonomy, and control"
Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services edited by Joyce VanTassel-Baska 
From distance learning to talent search summer programs, from residential academic programs to mentoring, and more - there are many options outside the classroom for gifted education.  Learn about many of those options, through individual essays by some of the experts in each field ...
Shadow Syndromes by John J. Ratey and Catherine Johnson
While more than 50 million Americans suffer from full-fledged mental illnesses, millions more suffer from milder forms--yet they likely don't realize it. Also available on cassette
Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood, and the Search for Meaning by Barbara A. Kerr
This book is filled with many suggestions for parents and teachers to help smart boys stay smart, as well as thought-provoking insights for gifted men
Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness by Barbara A. Kerr  and Sanford Cohn
Incorporates all of the information in Kerr's earlier two books, and also provides newer research...
Smart Kids with School Problems: Things to Know and Ways to Help by Priscilla L. Vail
"Conundrum kids" -- the superb writer who can't add, the talented speech maker who can't write legibly. Provides practical suggestions and ideas for parents trying to decide when the child should start school and teachers trying to cope. Also covers students up through college and deals with the topics of visual learning, motor functioning, auditory learning, language and learning, and psychological problems, plus strategies for dealing with standardized tests the world of college...
Smart Talk: What Kids Say About Growing Up Gifted Recommended by Robert A. Shultz and James R. Delisle
Hundreds of kids from around the world, ages 4 to 12, share their deepest, truest thoughts about about peers, families, school, and their futures.  Being gifted has its upside and downside, and the kids talk about both... 
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
The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know? Recommended by Maureen Neihart, Sally M. Reis, Nancy M. Robinson, Sidney M. Moon
What does the research (slim as it is) tell us?  Essential reading for those who wish to enable gifted students to develop their strengths and to position them to make the contributions of which they are capable.  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High School Recommended 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 available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The Spatial Child by John Philo Dixon
Although often a primary sign of giftedness, spatial ability may be unrecognized, misdiagnosed or misunderstood. Describes ways to identify spatial children and methods of classroom instruction, with emphasis on approaches that encourage the spatial gift while compensating for possible deficiencies...
Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students From Diverse Backgrounds Recommended by Jaime A. Castellano and Andrea Dawn Frazier (or from Amazon)
Leading experts in the field combine their knowledge of and leadership experience with gifted students from diverse backgrounds to help include historically underrepresented students in gifted education programs that serve our most able students. Raises the awareness level and knowledge base of all educators, particularly teachers of the gifted, with focus on topics such as gifted education in rural environments, highly gifted learners, twice-exceptional children, gifted females, gifted and talented students on the autism spectrum, English language learners, underachievement, and students from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds...
Spotlight on 2e Booklets Recommended from 2e Twice-Exceptional Newsletter
Spotlight on 2e is a series of easy-to-read, information-rich booklets on 2e topics, that answer all the tough questions, and provide a terrific set of resources for additional information.  I'm already ordering a set for the teachers and administrators in our child's new school this fall!  Available:
bulletUnderstanding your Twice-Exceptional Student (for educators)
bulletParenting Your Twice-Exceptional Child (for parents)
bulletThe Twice-Exceptional Child with Asperger Syndrome
Coming soon:
bulletUnderstanding the Gifted Child with Attention Difficulties
bulletUnderstanding the Gifted Child with Central Auditory Processing Difficulties
bulletUnderstanding the Gifted Child with Dyslexia
Stand Up for Your Gifted Child: How to Make the Most of Kids' Strengths at School and at Home by Joan Franklin Smutny
If you think your gifted child isn't getting the education he or she needs, this book is for you. It helps you recognize your child's gifts, understand his or her problems at school, find out your district's policy on gifted education, explore various options, communicate effectively with the school and district, and provide enrichment at home
Strategies for Differentiating Instruction: best practices for the classroom Recommended by Julia L. Roberts & Tracy F. Inman (or from Amazon)
Most comprehensive and most practical text on the theory and practical considerations involved in helping gifted students excel... 
Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer? by Dana Scott Spears and Ron L. Braund
A sensitive dreamer if: forgets to follow instructions, no matter how clear and simple, craves praise and positive attention, yet refuses to conform to what's expected, tells more than his share of fibs and tall tales. If this is your child, you know the frustration of turning to parenting experts for advice only to find the systems don't work, the rules don't stick and strong boundary setting makes the situation worse. The creative-sensitive dreamer is not the strong-willed child...
Students With Both Gifts and Learning Disabilities: Identification, Assessment, and Outcomes by Tina M. Newman and Robert J. Sternberg
Provides the reader with a broader conceptualization of the gifted/LD learner to include students who have gifts in other domains and who would benefit from being identified and having their talents nurtured.  Provides information for elementary, secondary and college educators, resources for both education and psychology, and information for families, including parents and students...
The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child  by Sally Yahnke Walker 
The Survival Guide for parents... Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Talent Development IV: Proceedings from the 1998 Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development by Nicholas Colangelo and Susan G. Assouline, editors
What do the leaders in talent development say? Topics include: Educational policy
World perspectives, Profound giftedness, Radical acceleration, Heritability of abilities, Asynchrony and self, Moral compasses, and Critical thinking.  Also available: Talent Development II and Talent Development III
Talented Children and Adults: Their Development and Education by Jane Piirto (or from Amazon)
Comprehensive textbook of talent development from birth to adult, with chapters on young children, elementary, middle school, high school and college, and adult talent development, and subjects including identification, program development, and curricula development...
Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Findings of an extensive 5-year longitudinal study that strove to answer two questions: How do young people become committed to the development of their talent? And, why do some young people become disengaged from their talent?  Read DITD review...
Teaching Gifted Kids in Today's Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use Recommended by Susan Winebrenner
Updated third edition for a new generation of teachers and classrooms. An excellent guide to modifying curriculum for gifted elementary and middle school students in the regular classroom
Teaching Kids With Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Challenge and Motivate Struggling Students by Susan Winebrenner and Pamela Espeland  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Teaching With Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom Recommended by Jim Fay and David Funk
Fay and Funk demonstrate through various scenarios, tips, and "pearls of wisdom" how and why conducting your class or school according to four key principles can validate your authority, and empower your students.  Presents practical ways in which teachers and administrators can help their students become confident, responsible individuals, internalized in their discipline... Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Ages 4-9 by Joan Smutny, Sally Walker, Elizabeth Meckstroth
A new guide for our youngest gifted students... Or order from Amazon.co.uk
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
Teenagers With ADD: A Parents' Guide by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy
Add to the struggle for control and confusion with emerging identity of the typical teen, the challenges difficulty focusing attention, resisting impulses, or remaining still, and you will understand the necessity of a manual for how to live and work with teens with ADD
They Say My Kid's Gifted: Now What? by F. Richard Olenchak (or from Amazon)
A quick, easy-to-use guide for parents of gifted kids.  From identification process, to choosing a teacher, to gifted programs and curriculum...
They're Not Bringing My Brain Out by Rosemary Cathcart
Have you ever wondered how to cope with a very bright child when you've got 25 other children in the class?  What to do now you're in charge of the gifted programme?  How to help the teacher understand your gifted child?  This book is written for everyone who lives or works with a gifted child... (published in New Zealand)
To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Bright Students with LD, ADHD, and More by Susan M. Baum and Steven V. Owens
The gifted and learning disabled child exhibits remarkable talents in some areas and disabling weaknesses in others. This book covers everything a classroom or enrichment teacher must know in order to address the needs of gifted learning disabled youngsters, including identification, learning styles, and more
Understanding Creativity by Jane Piirto
An examination of the psychological impulses that drive the quality in human beings broadly labeled as "creativity," which also covers how parents and teachers can enhance creativity, as well as the cognitive aspect of creative writers, scientists, musicians, and physical performers, as well as ways to assess and train creativity.  Previously titled Understanding Those Who Create
Unicorns Are Real by Barbara Meister Vitale
Concrete suggestions in an entertaining, easy to read book to make learning and living easier for the right brained and those with learning disabilities
Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Twice Exceptional Students by Kiesa Kay and others
A compendium of 40 articles by parents, teachers, researchers, administrators, and students consider the best educational possibilities for gifted students who also have a disability   Read chapters here: If Gifted = Asynchronous Development, then Gifted/Special Needs = Asynchrony Squared by Lee Singer, and  An Anomaly: Parenting a Twice Exceptional Girl by Kiesa Kay
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends 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!
Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner by Linda Kreger Silverman
The gifts of the right hemisphere... Adults and children alike will find in this book an opening to hidden abilities they may not even know they have...   Parents, first read the companion Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids: Successfully Parenting Your Visual-Spatial Child by Alexandra Shires Golon 
The War Against Excellence: The Rising Time of Mediocrity in America's Middle Schools by Cheri Pierson Yecke
Radical activists do not see the American middle school as an organization to impart academic knowledge, but as an instrument through which they can force social change. Yecke, an experienced teacher and administrator, shows how these activists have implemented their plans and endangered the education of all middle school children--especially those who are gifted... 
When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs by James R. Delisle and Judy Galbraith
Gifted kids are much more than test scores and grades.  Take a look from the inside out - their social and emotional needs, from self-esteem to perfectionism, stress, being different, and more...
When the Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder by Teri James Bellis
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) occurs when the brain cannot process or understand correctly the sounds the ears hear, even though the ears might be functioning properly. It is rarely recognized, often misdiagnosed, and poorly understood, yet the effects can be devastating...
Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades: And What You Can Do About It by Sylvia B. Rimm
Millions of gifted children with average, above-average, or even gifted abilities--including those from homes where education is valued--simply do not perform up to their capabilities.  Spells out a practical, six-step program...
The Writing Dilemma: Understanding Dysgraphia by Regina G. Richards
Strategies that work to help students who experience the frustrating problem of dysgraphia. Designed to be fun, practical, and easy to implement, strategies are appropriate for regular or special education teachers as well as parents
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide Recommended by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright 
This book will teach you how to plan, prepare, organize and get quality special education services. In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you will learn your child's disability and educational needs, how to create a simple method for organizing your child s file and devising a master plan for your child's special education. You will understand parent-school conflict, how to create paper trails and effective letter writing...  While not explicitly for twice exceptional kids, it is perfect for their parents and advocates
Writing Like Writers: Guiding Elementary Children Through a Writer's Workshop Recommended by Kathryn L. Johnson & Pamela V. Westkott
Guided Writer's Workshop for elementary (and even secondary!) students. An excellent resource for teachers, homeschoolers, and students.  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
You Know Your Child is Gifted When...: A Beginner's Guide to Life on the Bright Side by Judy Galbraith
Stories of gifted kids, from verbal to humor, and great quotes from the experts, all to get you started on your adventure with your gifted child
Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth  Recommended by Paula Prober
Do you long to drive a Ferrari at top speed on the open road, but find yourself always stuck on the freeway during rush hour? Do you wonder how you can feel like “not enough” and “too much” at the same time? Like the rain forest, are you sometimes intense, multilayered, colorful, creative, overwhelming, highly sensitive, complex, and/or idealistic? And, like the rain forest, have you met too many chainsaws? Enter Paula Prober, M.S., M.Ed., who understands the diversity and complexity of minds like yours. Explore the challenges faced by gifted adults of all ages...
The Young Gifted Child: Potential and Promise, An Anthology by Joan F. Smutny, editor
Experts in advocacy address five aspects of intervention: identification, special populations, parenting, meeting social and emotional needs, and creating effective educational experiences.  Read DITD review...
Your Gifted Child: How to Recognize and Develop the Special Talents in Your Child from Birth to Age Seven by Smutney, Veekner and Veekner
How to recognize giftedness, from the obvious signs such as advanced language, math and motor skills, to the less obvious ones such as sense of humor, good memory and active imagination, and offers a variety of age-appropriate techniques to stimulate your child's curiosity...

Usborne Books Recommended
Usborne Books are fascinating, lavishly illustrated books written with humor,  drama, and tons of information. Check out these marvelous books for your gifted children ages birth to adult and beyond! Gifted kids LOVE Usborne Books!

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