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Be sure to visit all the Smart Toys pages best-of-the-best toys for our kids and grandkids - ALL the toys and games on these pages are excellent choices for gifted kids of all ages!
Board Games Card Games Classic Games Collaborative Games Construction Toys Hands-On Toys History Games Klutz Books Math Games Paper & Pencil Party Games Puzzle Books STEM Toys Strategy Games Word Games Young Children Toy Companies

These are the best of the best, but ALL the toys and games listed on the pages above are terrific fun for gifted kids - check them all out!

7 Ate 9 Recommended by Out of the Box Publishing
This short math game looks simple, and turns into a ton of fun for kids of all ages, and their parents!  Try it, you'll like it!
10 Days in... Recommended by Out of the Box Publishing
Can you plan a cohesive trip in ten days?  Some skill, some luck, lots of fun - great to study geography of ... wherever you chose to go, they're all great! Available in 10 Days in Africa, 10 Days in the USA, 10 Days in Asia, 10 Days in Europe and 10 Days in the Americas
The 24 Game Recommended
Create the number 24 from the four numbers on a game card. You can add, subtract, multiply and divide. Use all four numbers but use each number only once. Available from simple addition and subtraction, right up to fractions, decimals and algebra. Click for 24 Challenge tournament schedule.  Decks listed in order of difficulty  
Apples to Apples, Party Box Edition or Apple Crate Edition Recommended (ages 12+)
This game receives rave reviews from our gifted community, for family or group fun!
Also check out...  (And for a full list of the words in each set, visit Munching Apples fan site)
Apples to Apples 7+
Apples to Apples Junior (ages 9+)
Party Box Expansion #1 and Party Box Expansion #2 more apples, more fun!

Bananagrams Recommended (2 or more players, ages 7 and up, younger for language / spelling gifted kids)
Grab more tiles, and reorganize existing tiles into new words - the banana bag stores the game and rules when they're not in use.  Great for vocabulary building or spelling practice, too!  And try Spanish Bananagrams!  And Jumbo Bananagrams with twice the tiles, for an extra large crowd!
Bedlam Cube Recommended 19,186 Solutions, and So Hard to Find Just One (or from Amazon Tetris Cube)
Thirteen bright pieces fit together to form a 4x4 cube.  Looks so deceptively simple...  I've never met a cube puzzle I couldn't solve, until now! Also Mini Tetris Cube, or from Bedlam Puzzles in U.K. you can order many varieties...
Blokus Recommended or Blokus Trigon
Take turns placing as many of their 21 geometric shapes on board as they can, but only the corners of their own pieces may touch. The real challenge comes toward the end of the game...  Also Blokus To Go
Carcassonne Recommended (10 to adult) Rio Grande Games
A clever tile laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious.  Game expansions, and other editions... plus Kids Of Carcassonne Recommended for young kids!
Carcassonne: 10 Year Special Edition
Carcassonne: The River 2, Carcassonne: The Castle
Carcassonne Inns & Cathedrals Expansion, Carcassonne: Princess & Dragon Expansion
Carcassonne Traders and Builders, Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers
Card Golf Recommended
Play golf with a deck of cards?  You bet!  There's a course provided, but you can play ANY golf course in the world - all you need is the distance and par for each hole.  Use the deck to play and score your holes, and see if you can beat par.  We had fun playing it with teens and adults; good beginning as young as kids can add 3 digit numbers.  Not bad for quick mental math practice, either!  Easy to carry and play almost anywhere...
Cranium Recommended (12 to adult) or Cranium Cadoo (7 and up)
Spell a word backwards, hum a tune, answer a multiple-choice question, draw with your eyes closed, and more when you play Cranium, with 14 talent-tapping activities designed to bring out the best in you and your friends...  Cadoo is the funky fusion of tic-tac-toe, general knowledge, sculpting skill, and scavenger hunt designed for kids
Cranium Wow (12 to adult)  Uncover a player’s talents--or lack thereof. Wow’s objective is to move around the board until you’ve reached Cranium Central, where your team completes its final activities to claim victory.  Collect the new personalized markers, too!
Cranium Booster Box 1 and Cranium Booster Box 2 or Cranium Cadoo Booster Box 1
Cranium Disney (8 to adult)  players compete by sculpting, acting, and sketching to victory
Cranium Pop 5 (13 to adult)  How much pop culture do you and your team know??
Cranium Whoonu (8 to adult)  have unforgettable fun as you reveal your favorite things, share hilarious stories, and bond over surprising connections. You'll be amazed at what you'll learn about your friends and family -- especially those you think you know best!
Cranium Playground (preschool) gets kids matching, drawing, dancing, and making letter shapes as they race around the monkey bars to win!
Cranium Hullabaloo (4 and up) Twister meets Simon Says... Listen closely and think fast as you bounce, twist, spin, high-five, and dance to the music, sounds, and friendly voice of Hullabaloo. Rewards quick thinking, cooperation, and creative problem-solving
Chrononauts Recommended by Looney Labs
The card game of history!  Also try Early American Chrononauts! From the folks who bring us Fluxx 4.0 Recommended Check out their other games... Nanofictionary, Aquarius, Proton, and more... IceHouse a high-speed game of pyramid stacking, or try a beginner set in TreeHouse, then add Zendo Recommended makes IceHouse into a strategy game plus...
Dominion Recommended by Rio Grande Games
Construct the most advantageous deck of cards, with lands, minions, riches and more. Don't miss the expansion packs: Dominion Intrigue, Dominion Alchemy, and Dominion Seaside
Dutch Blitz Recommended A vonderful goot game!
Fast-moving family-friendly run-building game for 2-4 players, quick to learn and hard to master, perfect fun for gifted kids and adults alike! Or buy a double Dutch Blitz set...
Equate Recommended
Strategic math thinking game.  Don't forget Junior Tile Set  for more integers, or the Advanced Tile Set for negative numbers and exponents.  Also Equate classroom set  available, too!  Equate Activity Notebook Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3...
Fluxx 4.0 Recommended (or from Amazon)
The card game where the rules always are... in Fluxx!  Also available in EcoFluxx, Family Fluxx, Martian Fluxx and Zombie Fluxx versions.  Or get Fluxx Blanxx, and make up your own Keepers, Actions, Rules and Goals!  Other Fluxx Editions: German Fluxx and Japanese Fluxx, plus Monty Python Fluxx (or from Amazon) and Star Fluxx!
Fractiles-7 Recommended magnetic symmetry tiles by Fractiles
Make butterflies, snowflakes, optical illusions and more. Young minds will love learning about the different kinds of symmetry. Just start placing the tiles on the magnetic board.  Neat travel toy, too! Fractiles-7 Travel and Fridge Fractiles
Gamepuzzles for the joy of thinking, by Kadon Enterprises
Wonderful acrylic (and some wood) puzzles for kids (my kids loved them since 2 and 3, my husband and I still love them!) and adults
Roundominoes, Super Roundominoes and Grand Roundominoes Recommended
Rombix Jr. and Rombix
Deka-Star and Kite Mosaik
Hexnut and Hexnut II
Quintachex the most beguiling checkerboard ever!
Gemlok Recommended by Pywacket LLC (or from Amazon)
The roll of the dice determines your moves, but your strategy determines your fate. You finally land on a diamond and a ruby and two emeralds. But can you keep them from being taken by the other players?  This game plays better than it sounds - and it's a visual/spatial playground!  Dice and moves like you've never seen before, and strategy different than any other game - it's fun every time
Hive: Carbon Recommended
Place your hive, play your pieces, and defend your hive.  It's like chess, but not, a strategy game like no other. Easy to learn, complex to master. Carbon version includes both Mosquito and Ladybug expansions.
Jurassic Jumble Recommended from the makers of SET (or from Amazon)
Fun family game of switching and swiping dinosaur cards and bones, for up to 9 friends or family members of all ages!

Kapla Blocks Recommended by Kapla
"KAPLA" is from the Dutch "KAbouter PLAnkjes" which means "small planks". Its design proportions are based on the elementary progression of odd numbers: one, three, five. Unlike traditional cubes, KAPLA is long and thin. It is perfectly balanced between 2 ideas: building and sculpting. This single set can create an unlimited number of structures...  Fun for kids of ALL ages - you should see the college students' buildings!  Add Kapla Color Squares in  Red, Orange, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Yellow, or Green - 40 planks in color in each Square, to mix and match with your natural maple Kapla blocks.  And try the Kapla Blue Book - Advanced for great construction ideas.  Or get two-color block sets (20 pieces each color) with suggestion book included: Red and Orange with Book, Light Blue and Dark Blue with Book, or Yellow and Green with Book. Now larger sets available! Kapla 280 Piece Building Set in Wooden Box or Kapla 1000 Piece Building Set in All Natural Box
Keesdrow Deluxe Recommended by Pywacket LLC (2 to 6 players or more in teams, also a great solitaire game) (or Keesdrow from Fox Imaging)
The ultimate word seek game!  Real wooden tiles contain 4 letters each, double-sided for more combinations, and then distributed in an 8x8 board - it's a new challenge with each game.  Find words in adjacent letters, use letters your opponent already used for double or triple points, but watch out for "red" letters...
Khet Recommended the Laser game by Deflexion
Take turns moving Egyptian-themed pieces having two, one or no mirrored surfaces. Pieces (pharaoh, obelisk, pyramid and djed column) can either move one square forward, back, left, right, or diagonal, or can stay in the same square and rotate by a quarter twist. Each turn ends by firing one of the lasers built into the board. The laser beam bounces from mirror to mirror; if the beam strikes a non-mirrored surface on any piece, it is immediately removed from play. The ultimate goal is to illuminate your opponent's pharaoh, while shielding yours from harm!  Add to your game with the Khet Beamsplitter turning a single beam into three.  Or try Khet 3D: Tower of Kadesh
Klutz Books Recommended
From paper airplanes to Legos, marbles and jacks, from juggling to peg solitaire to desktop football, from knitting and sewing to watercolor art to thumbprint art... There are so many of these great books, they get their own Hoagies page!  Click Klutz Books to investigate them all...
Lego Mindstorms Recommended by Lego
Legos and computers - a perfect combination for our children! Choose one of the first 2 kits if you don't have a PC or for younger kids; the rest allow PC programming of their Lego creations!
Mindstorms NXT the terrific new Mindstorms kit!  Also available from MindWare Online
Robotics Invention System 2.0 the old Mindstorms kit...
Building Robots With Lego Mindstorms : The Ultimate Tool for Mindstorms Maniacs - sound like anyone you know?  A companion book...
Extreme Mindstorms: an Advanced Guide to Lego Mindstorms - the book! 

Math Dice Recommended (ages 8+) by ThinkFun (or from Amazon)
Add, subtract, multiply, divide, square or cube to get closest to the Target Number. Comes with dice, storage bag, instructions and sample challenges.  We've been playing at dinner, and the storage bag makes it a great travel game!
Munchkin Recommended by Steve Jackson Games
Imagine a dungeon experience, but in an easy-to-play and tons-of-laughter card game. Slay monsters, gather treasure, and gain levels... first player to reach level 10 is the winner. Try all the expansion decks!  Get the Munchkin 1 thru 7 Bundle or purchase separately...
bullet Munchkin
bullet Munchkin 2 Unnatural Axe
bullet Munchkin 3 Clerical Errors
bullet Munchkin 4 The Need For Steed
bullet Munchkin 5 De-Ranged
bullet Munchkin 6 Demented Dungeons
bullet Munchkin 7 More Good Cards
Or pick from these stand-alone Munchkin titles, spoofs on a variety of different genres that can be played by themselves or mixed with the standard Munchkin decks...
bullet Munchkin Booty and Munchkin Booty 2 Jump the Shark the pirate games
bullet Munchkin Fu and Munchkin Fu 2. Kartenspiel the martial arts games
bullet Munchkin Bites and Munchkin Bites 2 Pants Macabre the vampire games
bullet Star Munchkin the starship game
bullet Munchkin Cthulhu, Munchkin Cthulhu 2 Call of Cowthulhu and Munchkin Cthulhu 3: The Unspeakable Vault the science fiction games (also available as Munchkin Cthulhu 3 Game Bundle Cthulhu, Call of Cowthulhu & Unspeakable Vault),
bullet Munchkin Impossible the spy game
bullet Super Munchkin 2: The Narrow S Cape the super heroes games, and
bullet The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin!
Oops Recommended by Fox Mind Games (or from Barnes & Noble)
Simple but complex logic game; move the hats to reassemble Simon, the scattered magician.  Dozens of challenges, tons of fun...
Quarto! Recommended by Gigamic
The goal is to establish a line of four pieces, with at least one common characteristic.  You decide your opponent’s next move. Not as easy as it sounds... my 13-year-old strategy expert says, "I've played a bunch of times, and haven't figured out all the strategy yet - that's saying something!"
SET Recommended The Family Game of Visual Perception by Set Enterprises (or from Amazon or MindWare)
Purchase this great card game, or play the on-line version that changes daily, plus resources for teaching with SET. Also from SET Enterprises:
Quiddler Recommended word game
Triology gin rummy with SET cards! (this one's also a board game)
Xactika more figures, more challenge
Five Crowns now there's five crowns to contend with!
Jurassic Jumble Recommended family game of switching and swiping dinosaur cards and bones...

Settlers of Catan Recommended by Mayfair Games
Catan is an imaginary unexplored island, and players are explorers and settlers. The playing surface is made of hexagonal tiles that, depending on their placement, create a different environment each time the game is played. Settlers must use their resources to develop their island home, building roads and houses to create new towns. But watch out! There's a robber on the island...  Expansion sets include Settlers 5-6 Player Expansion, Seafarers of Catan, Cities & Knights of Catan, Starfarers of Catan, Settlers of the Stone Age, Settlers of Catan Travel Edition
Snafooz Recommended the foam puzzle that forms a cube!
Snafooz 6-packs contain 6 different colors and 6 challenge levels. Build all 6 cubes, or combine different colors to form lots of interesting shapes...
Spy Alley Game Recommended by Spy Alley Partners
A little bit of paranoia helps in this business, what with secret agents from all over the world following you around the board as you try to pick up clues to their identity and keep your own well hidden...
Swish Recommended
Spatial card game that challenges you to be the first to make matches, or “Swishes”. Swishes are made by layering 2 to 12 cards so that every ball swishes into a hoop of the same color. The cards can be rotated, and must be placed on top of each other in the same orientation, and no ball or hoop can be left unmatched. It's addictively fun!
ThinkFun (was Binary Arts) great logic puzzles and games for all ages (mostly labeled 8 years and up, but great for gifted kids much younger)
River Crossing Recommended Use tree stumps and planks, and try to cross the river
River Crossing Jr. larger, easier to handle pieces, easier to solve challenges
River Crossing 2 - more puzzles for your River Crossing
GRIDWorks place the pieces by visual logic clues...
TipOver Recommended Topple a path from here to there... or Spiderman TipOver
Subtrax a new twist on classic peg solitaire...
Smart Mouth Recommended Stretch your vocabulary and quick thinking skills - (or from Amazon)
Rush Hour
        Rush Hour Card Set 2Set 2, Set 3, Set 4
Railroad Rush Hour Recommended 2 exit choices, and blocks that move in two directions!

Tsuro Recommended The Game of Influence, by Wizkids Games
Build your own path, without your opponents steering you in the wrong direction - or off the board!
VisualEyes Recommended The 'What You See is What You Get' Game!
Appealing to the visual learners, and everyone else.  Find words or phrases among the pictures
Yikerz! Recommended by Wiggles 3D (or from Amazon)
Place your Yikerz pieces (magnets) down on the board and try to avoid attracting the other pieces already played. The object is to get rid of all your pieces. If Yikerz collapse together, those pieces are yours to add to your stack. Unique 4 piece interchangeable game board designs allow for many different configurations that create a variety of challenges and suits different skill levels...
Zome System Recommended Bubble Kit, Explorer Kit, Adventurer Kit, Pioneer Kit, DNA Kit, Creator Kit from triangles to DNA strands, the smart new building toy
Great math learning tool, too! Available lesson plans, model instructions, on-line manual. My kids (and their parents) love this stuff! Plus literature including lesson plans for K-12, Kepler's Solid essay and more.  Additional Zome parts are available from the re-launched ZomeTool website (not currently a Hoagies' Page affiliate, but should be next year)

Software Favorites

Descartes' Cove Recommended by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (6 CD set for gifted grades 6 through 8)
In a leaky lifeboat, students survive an ocean storm and become marooned on a deserted island once inhabited by Rene Descartes. They discover his parchment notebook, pick up a map and other gear, and begin their journey through the island tunnels, volcanoes, underground rivers, jungles, abandoned mines, sunken ships and many more surprises. At each step, they solve increasingly difficult puzzles and math challenges, earn gold coins, and make entries in their own journal. As they master each math concept, they prepare to tackle the final quest... For more great details, read Blending instructional design principles with computer game design: The development of Descartes' Cove.
Doctor Walt’s CAD For Kids Recommended by CADKEY, ages 8 and up (age 6)
Provides a dramatic introduction to both basic drafting and powerful solid modeling. Create fancy cars, fascinating creatures, intricate robots, and hundreds of other items with minimal effort...
Everett Kaser Software Recommended runs on all ALL levels of Windows (age 6 to adult)
Logic and puzzle games designed to stretch your mind, not the storage capacity of your hard disk or the speed of your CPU.  Sherlock, Honeycomb Hotel, Dinner with Moriarty, Hero's Hearts, Decartes Enigma, Floyd's Bumbershoot, Lunatile, Solitile, Knarly Mazes, and more... each different than the one before, but each tons of fun - there's a logic game for every learning style!
Logical Journey of the Zoombinis Recommended by The Learning Company, ages 9 and up (age 5)
Zoombinis Mountain Rescue
Zoombinis Island Odyssey
Help the Zoombinis complete their journey by solving lots of different puzzles...
World of WarCraft Recommended and World of WarCraft Expansion: Burning Crusade by Blizzard Entertainment (age 12)
The world's largest interactive gaming community, with more than 8.5 million gamers world-wide.  Create and customize your own hero, then explore an expansive world with miles of forests, deserts, snow-blown mountains, and other exotic lands.  Visit huge cities and delve through dozens of vast dungeons...  Or play the stand-alone version WarCraft III Battle Chest or WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos and WarCraft III Expansion: The Frozen Throne
Zoo Tycoon 2 Zookeeper Collection Recommended by Microsoft, all ages 10+ (7 all the way to adult!)
Build pens and habitats with an eye toward the needs of each animal species. Tend to your human animals by locating gift shops, restaurants, drink stands, and bathrooms. Happy and well-fed animals will cavort and play, making your guests very happy. And happy guests results in more money for you to improve your zoo.  It's a balancing act...
bulletZoo Tycoon 2 Expansion Pack: African Adventure
bulletZoo Tycoon 2 Expansion Pack: Endangered Species
bulletZoo Tycoon 2 Expansion Pack: Marine Mania 
bullet Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection ← Zoo Tycoon original
Visit Software Favorites for software for all ages, that keeps their interest, for days, months and years!

Books for the Kids and Teens

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!
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...
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...
All Dogs Have ADHD Recommended by Kathy Hoopman
An inspiring and affectionate look at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), using images and ideas from the canine world to explore a variety of traits that will be instantly recognizable to those who are familiar with ADHD... or dogs
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame: The Story of the Boy Who Traveled into the Past by Stepping through the Picture Frame on His Bedroom Wall Recommended by Michael S. Class
Turns American history into a grand time-travel adventure. Gorgeous hardcover with phenomenal illustrations that bring the reader right into history. Anthony walks on the moon with Neil Armstrong, plays baseball with Lou Gehrig, and flies from New York to Paris with Charles Lindbergh, storms the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, cries with survivors of the Holocaust, and watches battle-weary marines raise the American flag on Iwo Jima. He is with Thomas Edison at the invention of the phonograph, the light bulb, and the motion picture camera. He meets FDR, and works with Doctor Jonas Salk to conquer polio.  Be sure to visit Anthony's authors' blog The Right Frame of Mind for more discussion on the lessons of history
Becoming a Problem Solving Genius: A Handbook of Math Strategies Recommended by Edward Zaccaro
Every math student needs a tool belt of problem solving strategies to call upon when solving word problems. In addition to many traditional strategies, this book includes new techniques such as Think 1, the 2-10 method, and more...
The Big Wave Recommended by Pearl S. Buck
The famous story of a Japanese boy who must face life after escaping the tidal wave destruction of his family and village...
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...
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Recommended by Lynne Truss
Who would have thought a book about punctuation could cause such a sensation?  Or try the audio CD version - listen to "Cutting a Dash," the hit series about punctuation that inspired the hit book...
Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales Recommended by Theoni Pappas
Explores real numbers, exponents, dimensions, the golden rectangle in both serious and humorous ways. Penrose the cat, the parable of p, the numberline that fell apart, Leonhard the magic turtle and many others offer an amusing and entertaining way to explore mathematical ideas...
Gifted Kids Speak Out: Hundreds of Kids Ages 6-13 Talk About School, Friends, Their Families, and the Future Recommended by James R. Delisle
In their own words... Great reading for your gifted child!
The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide (For Ages 10 and Under) Recommended by Judy Galbraith Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The ultimate guide to surviving and thriving in a world that doesn't always value, support, or understand high ability...
G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book Recommended by David Schwartz
Entries include abacus, binary, cubit, diamond ("There are no diamonds in math. We put diamond in this book so you would know it doesn't belong here"), equilateral, exponent, Fibonacci, googol, y-axis, and zillion
Go Figure!: A Totally Cool Book About Numbers Recommended by Johnny Ball
Filled with puzzles and problems to solve, 4 sections--Where do numbers come from? Magic numbers, Shaping up, and The world of math--cover the history of counting, zero, number theory, Pi, chance, logic, fractals, and more, including brief histories of mathematical greats from Ahmose to Einstein...
Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite Recommended by June Casagrande
We all know one, some of us is one... a Grammar Snob!  A fun way to learn grammar, while we learn to laugh at ourselves...
Harriet the Spy Recommended by Louise Fitzhugh
Unflinchingly honest portrayal of childhood problems and emotions changed children's literature forever. ...remains one of the best children's novels ever written. The fascinating story is about an intensely curious and intelligent girl...
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...
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences Recommended by John Allen Paulos
Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories and anecdotes, Paulos ranges freely over many aspects of modern life, from contested elections to sports stats, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims, sex discrimination, insurance, lotteries, and drug testing. Readers of Innumeracy will be rewarded with scores of astonishing facts...
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Recommended by Brian Selznick
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father create a spellbinding mystery... even more amazing are the author's illustrations!
Listen! Recommended by Stephanie Tolan
Award-winning story about a girl who loses her mom, and finds herself, with the help of a wild dog... Christopher Award, for media that “salutes the highest values of the human spiritˮ (all readers)
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper Recommended by John Allen Paulos
Reveals the hidden mathematical angles in countless media stories. Real life perspective on the statistics we rely on and how they can mislead is for anyone interested in gaining a more accurate view of their world. Humorous and knowledgeable...
Q is for Quark: A Science Alphabet Book Recommended by David Schwartz
Really cool science alphabet book, for beginner to adult!
The Math Curse Recommended by Jon Scieszka
Did you ever have one of those days where everything is a math problem? You have 10 things to do, and 30 minutes till the bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. How many outfits can you make?
Math for Smarty Pants Recommended by Marilyn Burns
Fundamental math concepts explained through entertaining puzzles, tricks and word problems. For the numbers-averse, this book proves that numbers are only a part of math; for the math whiz, it offers plenty of challenges, too...
Metropolis: Ten Cities: Ten Centuries Recommended by Albert Lorenz
In tracing the evolution of the metropolis, architectural illustrator Albert Lorenz dazzles readers with his extraordinary visual depictions of some of the greatest defining moments in human history (a hit with the visual spatial learners!)
My Town Recommended (or visit Usborne Books and search on "Young Geography")
Award-winning, fun flap book that looks at the town where we live, with maps and more... 
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... Read the first pages at The Curiosity Chronicle
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 Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure Recommended by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
In 12 dreams, a 12-year-old boy who hates math discovers the amazing world of numbers: infinite numbers, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, numbers that magically appear in triangles, and numbers that expand without end...
Powers of Ten Recommended by Philip & Phylis Morrison
Starting with a view of a billion light-years, the book moves inward, with each page being 1/10th the scale of the previous one. In 25 steps, you're looking at a picnic by the shores of Lake Michigan, then plunging into a human hand, down through the cells inside it, the DNA inside the cells...
Scammed by Statistics Recommended by Ed Zaccaro
We all need this book! We are continually bombarded by charts, graphs, and quotes from various studies with the goal of influencing our opinions, health, or buying habits, yet we seldom know if we are being manipulated, deceived, and lied to by those presenting the data. We need to know how to interpret statistics and are aware of the numerous techniques that are used to distort and misuse numbers. Using real examples Zaccaro illustrates the good and evil of numbers while providing the knowledge to properly interpret statistical data, ask the right questions...
Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks Recommended by Arthur Benjamin and Michael Shermer
Learn neat math tricks to make complex calculations easy, and amaze your friends and yourself.  Amazing tricks to multiply large numbers, memorize digits of pi or any other sequence of numbers, figure squares and cubes almost instantly...
A Short History of Nearly Everything Recommended by Bill Bryson
From primordial nothingness to this very moment, A Short History of Nearly Everything reports what happened and how humans figured it out. [Bryson's] aim is to help people like him, who rejected stale school textbooks and dry explanations, to appreciate how we have used science to understand the smallest particles and the unimaginably vast expanses of space...
Smart Talk: What Kids Say About Growing Up Gifted Recommendedby 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... 
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...
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...
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!
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...
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)
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...
Take Control of Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties Recommended by Jennifer Engel Fisher & Janet Price (or from Amazon)
Unique 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...
The Way Life Works: The Science Lover's Illustrated Guide to How Life Grows, Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along Recommended by Mahlon Hoagland and Bert Dodson
This book is what happens when a biologist and artist share an interest in life from bacteria to humans, and collaborate on taking their knowledge public.  Superbly written, delightfully illustrated, and supremely informative...
The Weighty Word Book Recommended by Janet Stevens, Paul M. Levitt and Elissa S. Guralnick
From Abasement to Zealot, an alphabet book kids of all ages can really dive into! With stories and puns and  mnemonic memory clues for the definitions...
Words That Make a Difference Recommended by Robert Greenman
and More Words that Make a Difference Recommended by Robert Greenman and Carol Greenman
Passages from the New York Times (Words) and the Atlantic Monthly (More Words) demonstrate hundreds of our language's most interesting words.  Both books feature wonderful literary passages, many by renowned authors, with More Words reviewing the history of the vocabulary through the ages and pages of the Atlantic Monthly...
The Wrong Word Dictionary: 2,000 Most Commonly Confused Words Recommended by Dave Dowling
Even good writers sometimes find the right word elusive. Or is it illusive? The correct usage for more than 2,000 words that people commonly misuse is provided in this concise and accessible handbook that assures, insures, and ensures that anyone who wants to communicate accurately and effectively chooses the right word every time...
You Can Count on Monsters Recommended by Richard Evan Schwartz
The playful and colorful monsters are designed to give children (and even older audiences) an intuitive understanding of the building blocks of numbers and the basics of multiplication. The introduction and appendices are designed to help adult readers answer questions about factoring from their young audience...
What To Do When Your... from Magination Press
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. Helps kids see life's hurdles in a new way, while drawing and writing activities help them master skills to get over those hurdles, with step-by-step instructions 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...

Young Adults

The Da Vinci Code Recommended by Dan Brown
A murder in the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected since the days of Christ. The victim, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle... (some violent and sexual content)
Digital Fortress Recommended by Dan Brown
When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage--not by guns or bombs -- but by a code so complex... (some violent content)
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!"
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... 
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...
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...
A Short History of Nearly Everything Recommended by Bill Bryson, or A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
From primordial nothingness to this very moment, A Short History of Nearly Everything reports what happened and how humans figured it out. [Bryson's] aim is to help people like him, who rejected stale school textbooks and dry explanations, to appreciate how we have used science to understand the smallest particles and the unimaginably vast expanses of space...
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 Universe in a Nutshell Recommended by Stephen Hawking
It's no secret that many people who own A Brief History of Time have never finished it. Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell aims to remedy the situation, with a plethora of friendly illustrations to help readers grok some of the most brain-bending ideas ever conceived...
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...
Del Sol Books Recommended
Visit Del Sol Books Recommended in the U.S. for both Horrible books and Horrible Science and Horrible Histories Magazines, otherwise available only to our friends across the pond!  Enjoy your Horrible reading!
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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Nerd Shirts

Computer Gear Recommended random bytes of fun
Techie T's, including Mac T's, Windows Fatal Exception, plus Linux Shop, Fun T's and Techie Things... 
Hoagies' Gifted Online Recommended
Show off your support for Hoagies' Gifted Education Page!  Hoagies' Gifted Online features ©Hoagies' cheetah across the world logo on sweatshirts, T-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, and more!  Shop here for your favorite teacher or parent.  Thanks to Café Press for supplying our products
 ThinkGeek Recommended
Mostly computer geek (including "child process" onesies, and circuit board ties!), but other geek wear and toys as well.  Home of the TV remote watch, Binary watch, Rotating Earth Watch, Swiss Memory USB (yes, a Swiss Army knife with a USB flash drive built in!) and more... 
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Grief & Mourning

Cat Heaven Recommended by Cynthia Rylant
Sweet, gentle book describes an imaginary cat's life in heaven, the things they would do, and who would care for them...
Dog Heaven Recommended by Cynthia Rylant
When dogs go to Heaven, they don't need wings because God knows that
dogs love running best. He gives them fields. Fields and fields and fields...
Listen! Recommended by Stephanie Tolan
Award-winning story about a girl who loses her mom, and finds herself, with the help of a wild dog... Christopher Award, for media that “salutes the highest values of the human spiritˮ (all readers)
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing after Loss Recommended by Pat Schweibert, Chuck DeKlyen, with Taylor Bills
"There once was an old and somewhat wise woman whom everyone called Grandy..." This modern fable for children who mourn will be sure to help every child and adult deal with the loss of a loved one, or a friend's loss of a loved one.  Also visit Grief Watch for guides and other resources to help reading Tear Soup...
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney Recommended by Judith Viorst
Barney was a cat. He died last Friday. And everyone was sad. They did what most people do when a cat they like dies. They had a funeral. And then they tried to think of good things about him. They wanted to remember him as he was; and they thought about some other things, too
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Magazines (for kids and teens)

Cobblestone Publishing
Series of magazines for children, on history and heritage and more
bullet Appleseeds Vocabulary, geography, math and science, ages 7 to 9  
bullet Calliope World History Magazine, ages 9-14  
bullet Cobblestone RecommendedAmerican History Comes Alive, ages 9-14  
bullet Faces World Cultures, ages 9-14
bullet Footsteps* Celebrates African-American heritage and achievement, past and present, ages 9-14
*Discontinued, but past issues still available
bullet Odyssey Discovery science, math, space, astronomy and more, ages 9-14  
Cricket Magazine Group Recommended
Series of monthly magazines for children, with stories, poems, activities, songs, and more
bullet Babybug ages 6 months to 2 years, small board book format
bulletNoodlebug video series for ages 3 to 5, available in VHS or DVD.  Combines live-action and animated footage and incorporates classical music...
bullet Ladybug ages 2 to 6  
bullet Spider ages 6 to 9  
bullet Cricket ages 9 to 14
bulletCicada literary magazine for teens young adults
Also from Cricket Magazine Group
Bringing kids the breadth and wonder of the Smithsonian's collections and research. Sponsored by the Smithsonian
bullet Click investigates the sciences, nature and the environment, ages 3 to 7  
bullet Ask Recommendedexplores the world with inventors, artists, thinkers, and scientists of the past and present, ages 7 to 10
bullet Muse Recommendedstimulates, delights, and challenges every curious child, with articles on space, genetics, lasers, rain forests, computers, physics, math, visual arts, earth sciences, and almost everything else in the universe, ages 10 and up
Kids Discover Recommended
Each full color issue covers a single topic with no advertising. Past topics include Christopher Columbus, Kings and Queens, Pyramids, and Native Americans
Highlights Catalog Puzzlemania (assorted puzzles), Mathmania (math puzzles), Top Secret Adventures (world geography and culture), Which Way USA (USA geography) Recommended, and High Five (preschool) by Highlights ages 4 to 12
Monthly puzzle magazines for kids
Scientific American Recommended and Scientific American Mind Recommended
One of the best science magazines available to non-science professionals... adult (older gifted children)  And their new magazine Scientific American Mind investigate, analyze and reveal aspects of the human mind!
Wired Recommended
Great reading for leaders in the field of digital information, adult (older gifted children)
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Music for the Gifted Mind

In My HometownTom Chapin Recommended Family Tree, Moonboat, Mother Earth, This Pretty Planet, Billy the Squid, Zag Zig, Around the World and Back Again, In My Hometown, Making Good Noise
Great family-oriented story songs from Harry's younger brother.  Don't miss Don't Play With Bruno (Moonboat) and Bruno's Christmas on the Mall (Zag Zig) - you'll relate!  Plus tons more great songs for our kids... and they don't grate on adult nerves :-)
Dr. Demento Recommended Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time, Dr. Demento: 25th Anniversary Collection, Dr Demento 30th Anniversary: Dementia 2000, Very Best of Dr Demento, Hits From Outer Space, Dr. Demento's Country Corn, Dr. Demento Presents: Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies, Dr. Demento Gooses Mother, Dr. Demento Presents: Greatest Christmas Novelty CD, Holiday in Dementia
Tons of silly songs, including Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Bulbous Bouffant, On the Shoulders of Freaks (all on Dr Demento 30th Anniversary: Dementia 2000), Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah! (Very Best of Dr Demento), and more...
Tom Lehrer Recommended The Remains of Tom Lehrer (box set), That Was the Year That Was, An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer, Songs & More Songs and more...
Irony and satire at their best...  Don't miss The Elements interactive on the web, or in song (The Remains of Tom Lehrer or An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer), and New Math (The Remains of Tom Lehrer)
They Might Be Giants Recommended Flood, Apollo 18, John Henry, Dial-A-Song, NO! and more...
A great reason for math and computer science majors to add a real rock album to their collection of John Williams and Weird Al records -- a bacchanalian celebration of dorkiness, including Particle Man and Birdhouse in Your Soul (both on Dial-A-Song)
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Movie Featuring Gifted Kids (and Adults!)

August Rush or Instant Video Recommended (PG)
Cared for by a mysterious stranger who gives him the name August Rush, a child uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth...
Billy Elliot or VHS or Instant Video (R) Recommended
Billy's got problems. His dad has scraped together the fees to send him to boxing lessons, but Billy has discovered a different aptitude: a genius for ballet dancing. Since admitting to such an activity is tantamount, in this fiercely macho culture, is very bad, Billy keeps it quiet. But his teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson, thinks he should audition for ballet school in London...
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or Blu-ray/DVD Combo or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
Flint, a clever young inventor with a reputation for creations gone awry, has recently completed a machine that he claims will turn water into food. Like his past failed inventions, Flint's new machine doesn't work as planned, and destroys the town's latest attempt to bolster its failing economy.  The Mayor's quickly realizes that food falling from the sky could draw in tourists. Only Flint's father remains skeptical of his son's invention. Greed leads to strange weather events, which, while providing a huge career opportunity for brainy weather intern Sam Sparks who's masquerading as an air-headed TV personality, also threaten to destroy the town and its inhabitants. In the end, only Flint, his father, and Sam can save the town from certain destruction by the out of control invention...
Dead Poets Society or VHS (PG) Recommended
English professor John Keating (Robin Williams) inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. A compelling warning in it to parents who don't respect their children's gifts.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story or Blu-Ray or VHS or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
Take away the Fairy Godmother, and what have you got left from the Cinderella fable? The story of a girl for whom a bad stroke of luck is no match for her internal strength and purity of heart. A romantic drama that purports to tell the "facts" behind the Grimm brothers' story... (Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston)
Finding Neverland (FS) or DVD (WS) or Blu-Ray or VHS or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
Playwright J. M. Barrie finds inspiration for his greatest creation from four lively boys, the sons of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Though the friendship threatens his already dwindling marriage, Barrie spends endless hours with the boys, pretending to be pirates or Indians--and gradually the elements of Peter Pan take shape in his mind...
Good Will Hunting or Blu-Ray or VHS or Instant Video (R) Recommended
A therapist (Robin Williams) tries to help a brilliant, but troubled young man (Matt Damon) overcome his personal problems and realize his potential
Harriet the Spy or VHS (PG) Recommended
An 11-year-old wannabe journalist (Michelle Trachtenberg) who writes all her observations about friends in a diary. When the book is stolen and read by her peers...
Hard Problems: The Road to the World's Toughest Math Contest (G documentary) Recommended
The story of six extraordinary gifted American high school students who represented the United States in 2006 at the world s toughest math competition: The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)...
Harriet the Spy or VHS or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
An 11-year-old wannabe journalist (Michelle Trachtenberg) who writes all her observations about friends in a diary. When the book is stolen and read by her peers...
The Incredibles or VHS or Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (PG) Recommended
A family of "supers," a brood of five with special powers are desperately trying to fit in with the 9-to-5 suburban lifestyle. Of course, in a more innocent world, Bob and Helen Parr were superheroes, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. But blasted lawsuits and public disapproval forced them and other supers to go incognito, making it even tougher for their school-age kids, the shy Violet and the aptly named Dash... (Disney & Pixar)
Infinity or VHS or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
Story of the early life of genius and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (Matthew Broderick)
Kiki's Delivery Service or VHS (G) Recommended
Japanese anime by Hayao Miyazaki. A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service... excellent animation, good stories...
Spirited Away or VHS Recommended
Princess Mononoke (DVD only)
Castle in the Sky or VHS
The Castle of Cagliostro or VHS
My Neighbor Totoro or VHS
Nausica of the Valley of the Wind
The Last Starfighter or Blu-Ray or VHS or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
A video-gaming boy, seemingly doomed to stay at his trailer park home all his life, finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force
Little Man Tate or VHS (PG) Recommended
The difference is the little boy is human, and not just a brain. He worries about people dying, envies the popular athletic boy, all the while plays music in competition form and forms math problems in his head
Matilda or VHS or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
Based on the Roald Dahl classic book; cursed with a cretinous family and a witch of a school principal, a bright young girl (Mara Wilson) learns self-reliance--and develops unusual powers
Meet the Robinsons or Blu-Ray or Instant Video (G) Recommended
When 12-year old orphan Lewis can't seem to get adopted or make his inventions work despite repeated efforts, he begins to seriously doubt himself and his abilities as an inventor. An odd boy named Wilbur Robinson shows up to warn Lewis about an evil man hanging around the science fair, and ends up taking Lewis on a whirlwind tour of the future and Lewis's own future family. In the end, Lewis returns to the present with a whole new inner strength, a sense of his place in the world, the knowledge that his actions directly affect others, and an optimistic determination to "keep moving forward."...
Mr. Holland's Opus or VHS (PG) Recommended
Being a true musician is about leaving your legacy for future generations, and by inspiring his students, Mr. Holland is ensuring that his passion will live forever, through them
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium or Blu-ray or Instant Video (G) Recommended
Mr. Magorium is an eccentric 243-year-old owner of a magical toy store. He has lived a long and happy life and is content to leave his emporium to his employee Molly Mahoney. A former child prodigy who has grown up unsure of herself, she barely knows who she is, much less what she wants to become. Molly is both frightened that her beloved boss is leaving and that she will be left in charge of a store she doesn't know how to run. "Are you dying?" she asks him. He replies, "Light bulbs die, my dear. I am departing," a take on death is both comforting and matter of fact, things younger viewers may find soothing when dealing with mortality. Dazzling visuals and a premise that who you are isn't equivalent with who you think you are...
October Sky or VHS or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
A West Virginia teenager hopes to break free from his predetermined coal miner's life by winning a national science fair competition with his rocket building designs
Real Genius or VHS or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
The freshman year of a nerdy kid who enters college at a young age, with a subplot involving computers and military secrets
Schoolhouse Rock! (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) or Instant Video Recommended
In the 70's and 80's, the catchy Schoolhouse Rock tunes taught millions of children the fundamentals of math, grammar, science, history and money. DVD includes every song from the landmark series, over 50 tunes including classics "Conjunction Junction," "Three is a Magic Number," "I'm Just A Bill" and "Electricity, Electricity." Features an all-new song about the Electoral College, "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College" written by the show's original creators...
Searching for Bobby Fischer or VHS or Instant Video (PG) Recommended
The chess prodigy (Max Pomeranc) who refuses to become ruthless despite the prodding of his father (Joe Mantegna) and his surrogate-father / chess champion (Ben Kingsley)
Whalerider or VHS or Instant Video (PG-13) Recommended
One of the most charming and critically acclaimed films of 2003, the New Zealand hit Whale Rider effectively combines Maori tribal tradition with the timely "girl power" of a vibrant new millennium. Despite the discouragement of her gruff and disapproving grandfather (Rawiri Paratene), who nearly disowns her because she is female and therefore traditionally disqualified from tribal leadership, 12-year-old Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes) is convinced that she is a tribal leader, and sets about to prove it...
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Homeschool Curricula and Classroom Curriculum Resources

Beast Academy Recommended (grade 3 with more to come!) from Art of Problem Solving By Jason Batterson, Shannon Rogers, illustrated by Erich Owen
For aspiring math beasts in grades 2-5. Each level (4 per grade) includes a full-color, graphic-novel-style guide book, and a corresponding practice book.  Amazing content, plenty of depth and practice, and very appealing to gifted kids!
bullet Beast Academy 3A shapes, skip-counting, perimeter and area
bulletBeast Academy 3B multiplication, perfect squares, the distributive property
Life of Fred Recommended (click on Product Overview)
From fractions, decimals, beginning of algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, trig, all of calculus and statistics, Fred's life is full of interesting mathematics!  Great homeschooling math curriculum, covering everything needed from arithmetic through second year of college...
(Free) Online High School Courses Recommended
Originally compiled for high schooling victims of Hurricane Katrina, these free resources offer high school courses for schooled, and homeschooled students alike
Internet Investigations Recommended
Free full curriculum libraries and units available right on the Internet, including units in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Science, the Arts, and lots more!
Mathematics Recommended by Harold R. Jacobs
Arguably the best mathematics text books available...
bullet Mathematics: A Human Endeavor the quintessential pre-algebra text - makes math fun Recommended 
bullet Elementary Algebra Algebra I, in Jacobs tradition  or Amazon.co.uk
bullet Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding  or Amazon.co.uk
Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum Recommended by Michael Clay Thompson, from Royal Fireworks Press
I don't know how to explain Michael Clay Thompson's curriculum, except to say... gifted students, no matter where their gifts lie, need this curriculum.  I had the honor of hearing Michael speak about his Grammar Voyage and The Magic Lens grammar curricula and Practice Sentence student workbook series... and I was enthralled.  Please know, I am a math-y and a computer geek - I do not do language arts, if I can help it.  But this curriculum made grammar interesting to me!  Word Within The Word offers middle and secondary level, vocabulary-building curriculum that is like no other.  Sentence Island, Paragraph Town and Essay Voyage form the elementary writing curriculum.  And there's much more... investigate all the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum  For videos of Michael Clay Thompson's presentations, and to see why this math-geek is so excited by his curriculum, view Michael Clay Thompson Videos.  And read Cathy Duffy reviews... Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts
Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling and Reading Pathways: Simple Exercises to Improve Reading Fluency Recommended by Dolores G. Hiskes published by Jossey-Bass
Step by step reading and spelling instruction, with lots of visual cues, games and exercises.  Designed for all ages, with complex and interesting themes...
William & Mary's Center for Gifted Education Curriculum Units Recommended
Science, Language Arts, and more curriculum units for gifted students.  Check the Literature Web and Resource Guide to Mathematics Curriculum for High Ability Learners in Grades K-8  (requires Adobe Reader) Purchase individual units through Prufrock Press:
bullet Survive and Thrive (Life Science, grades K–1) (or from Amazon)
bulletHow the Sun Makes Our Day (Earth and Space Science. grade K–1) (or from Amazon)
bullet Water Works (Physical Science, grades K–1) (or from Amazon)
bulletBudding Botanist (Life Science, grades 1–2) (or from Amazon)
bullet Weather Reporter (Earth and Space Science. grade 2) (or from Amazon)
bullet What's the Matter? (Physical Science, grades 2–3) (or from Amazon)
bulletDig It! (Earth & Space Science, grades 3) (or from Amazon)
bullet Spatial Reasoning (Mathematics, grades 2–4) (or from Amazon)
bullet Invitation to Invent (Physical Science, grades 3–4) (or from Amazon)
bullet Beyond Base Ten (Mathematics, grades 3–6) (or from Amazon)
bullet Moving Through Dimensions (Mathematics, grades 6–8) (or from Amazon)
bulletand more!

Books for Parents and Professionals

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1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders Recommended by Veronica Zysk and Ellen Notbohm
Tons of great ideas - social, sensory, behavioral, and self-care, and many other issues - are for low-functioning autistic kids; nearly all can be used or adapted for not only Aspergers kids, but also for exceptionally gifted kids...
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
Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K-5 Recommended by Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Y. Walker, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth 
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...
Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children Recommended by Bonnie Zucker (or from Amazon)
Parent strategies that help children become happy and worry free, methods that relieve a child's excessive anxieties and phobias, and tools for fostering interaction and family-oriented solutions. Using a unique companion approach that offers two books in one—a practical, reader-friendly book for parents and a fun workbook for kids—this solutions-oriented guide utilizes the cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy by integrating the parent in the child's self-help process...
The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance Recommended by Josh Waitzkin
Waitzkin, a champion in chess and martial arts, brings enthusiasm and obvious love of learning to this amazing look at what he aptly describes as the art of learning. He begins by recounting his own quirky journey. Waitzkin describes how important passion is, how failures are far more important in defining a learner than success, and how.  Great suggestions for enhancing the learning process...
Asperger's: What Does It Mean to Me? Recommended by Catherine Faherty
The book most requested by parents and teachers. Written by a leading therapist, this book is a must-have for the person with high functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Includes chapters to help explain their world. Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Being Gifted in School: An Introduction to Development, Guidance, And Teaching Recommended by Laurence J. Coleman & Tracy L. Cross
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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!
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 (or from Amazon)
The updated edition of 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...
Developing Math Talent: A Guide for Educating Gifted and Advanced Learners in Math Recommended by Susan Assouline and Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik
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
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... Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
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! 
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. She 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...
A Forgotten Voice: A Biography of Leta Stetter Hollingworth Recommended 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...
Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds Recommended by Jan and Bob Davidson, with Laura Vanderkam
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
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!
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
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...
GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens Recommended by Kelly Huegel
Gifted kids often feel alone, and gifted GLBTQ kids can feel even more alone.  A contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of people who are GLBTQ, including updates on efforts to promote equality, including the current status of legislative initiatives concerning safe schools, gay marriage, workplace equality, transgender expression, and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Issues-based information and advice. This frank, sensitive book is written for young people who are questioning their sexual or gender identity, those who are ready to work for GLBTQ rights, and those who may need advice, guidance, or reassurance that they are not alone...
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
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 a Child With Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Disorder: A Parent's Guide Recommended by Kathryn Stewart
Offers ways to evaluate a child's strengths and weaknesses in areas such as visual and spatial functioning, writing problems, information processing and organizational skills, social and emotional capabilities, language skills, and interactive abilities, and specific strategies for intervening and helping the child to cope with these obstacles...
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
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
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
Living When a Loved One Has Died Recommended by Earl Grollman
...explains what emotions to expect when mourning, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to work through feelings of loss. Suitable for pocket or bedside, this gentle book guides the lonely and suffering as they move through the many facets of grief, begin to heal, and slowly build new lives (teen to adult)
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...
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, tecniques, and case studies for each technique...
The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Integration Dysfunction (Revised Edition) 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 Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach Recommended by Vincent J. Monastra
A Book for Parents from the American Psychological Association.  Full of great information, including Chapter 5: Students with ADHD Are Entitled to Help at School...
Parenting With Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility Recommended by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline.
Also available on cassette and CD, and from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
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!
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents Recommended  by Lisa Rivero
The parent's guide to those wild-n-crazy teens!  And for the teens, Smart Teens' Guide to Living with Intensity: How to Get More Out of Life and Learning Recommended
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.  Read An Interview with David Palmer: About I.Q. And Parents Understanding of Intelligence
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!  And now the sequel... Life in the Fast Brain: Keeping Up With Gifted Minds.  It's not only rip-roaringly funny, but full it's of great ideas, some of which you do NOT want your kids to find out about!
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 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.  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Now Also available Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook.  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Reforming Gifted Education: Matching the Program to the Child Recommended by Karen Rogers
For parents and educators, 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...
The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It Recommended by Valerie Young
It’s only because they like me. I was in the right place at the right time. I just work harder than the others. I don’t deserve this... Sound familiar?
Social-Emotional Curriculum With Gifted and Talented Students Recommended by Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Tracy Cross and F. Richard Olenchak
A thorough introduction to methods for developing social-emotional curricula for use with gifted and talented learners in the school setting, including strategies that work for implementing social-emotional needs in the everyday curricula... A handy guide to developing social-emotional curricula for gifted students
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 "...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 
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
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
bulletGuiding the Twice-exception Child: A Collection of Columns by Meredith Warshaw
bulletThe 2e Reading Guide: Essential Books for Understanding the Twice-exceptional Child
Coming soon:
bulletUnderstanding the Gifted Child with Attention Difficulties
bulletUnderstanding the Gifted Child with Central Auditory Processing Difficulties
bulletUnderstanding the Gifted Child with Dyslexia
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... 
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 
In combinations with Teaching Gifted Kids in Today's Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use, a great resource for the 2E child. 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
Demonstrates 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
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience Recommended by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline
An antidote to trauma and a recipe for creating resilient kids no matter what misfortune has besieged them, a treasure trove of simple-to-follow “stress-busting,” boundary-setting, sensory/motor-awareness activities that counteract trauma’s effect on a child’s body, mind and spirit. Includes a chapter on how to navigate the inevitable difficulties that arise during the various ages and stages of development, this book simplifies an often mystifying and complex subject, empowering parents to raise truly confident and joyful kids despite stressful and turbulent times...
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!
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...
When the Brain Can't Hear Recommended 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... Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades And What You Can Do About It: A Six-Step Program for Parents and Teachers Recommended 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...
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
Visit Gifted Books or Professional Books for more great titles about all things gifted!

Journals and Magazines (for the grown-ups)

2e Twice-Exceptional Newsletter Recommended
For parents, teachers and professionals.  Helping twice-exceptional children reach their potential. Published 6 times a year.  An Interview with Mark Bade and Linda Neumann: Twice Exceptional by Michael F. Shaughnessy in Ednews.org
Gifted Child Quarterly Recommended
Geared for educators, recent research and developments in the field of gifted education. NAGC journal, available only with NAGC membership.  Now online, with all back issues available - with your NAGC subscription!
Gifted Child Today Recommended published by Prufrock Press
Focused for teachers and administrators, with timely information about teaching and parenting gifted and talented children
Gifted Education Communicator Recommended published by the California Association for the Gifted
Gifted Education Communicator is published quarterly, geared for all parents and educators of the gifted; available with or without CAG membership
Roeper Review Recommended published by Roeper Review
Peer reviewed journal; Focuses on the philosophical, psychological, moral, and academic issues relating to the lives and experiences of the gifted and talented. More technical reading, still full of great information
bulletFebruary 1986 (volume 8, number 3) The IQ Controversy
bulletApril 1991 (volume 13, number 3) Gender Equity, Meeting the Special Needs of Gifted Females
bulletJune 1991 (volume 13, number 4) Gender Equity, Meeting the Special Needs of Gifted Males
bulletSeptember 1992 (volume 15, number 1) The Exceptionally Gifted
bulletMay/June 1993 (volume 15, number 4) Gifted Minorities / Disadvantaged
bulletFebruary 1998 (volume 20, number 3) Perspectives on the Self of the Gifted
Visit Journals for more great journals on gifted education!

Educational Products and 2E (Twice Exceptional) Products

The 24 Game Recommended
Create the number 24 from the four numbers on a game card. You can add, subtract, multiply and divide. Use all four numbers but use each number only once. Available from simple addition and subtraction, right up to fractions, decimals and algebra. Click for 24 Challenge tournament schedule.  Decks listed in order of difficulty
bulletAdd / Subtract Primer
bulletMultiply / Divide Primer
bullet Double Digits
bulletSingle Digits
bulletFractions / Decimals
bulletFactors / Multiples
bulletAlgebra / Exponents
AlphaSmart Recommended
Keyboard (nearly indestructible) for kids' use in school and at home.  It's light, simple, and connects easily to home or school PCs or printers.  Comes in several versions, Neo (which runs additional software, including Neo version of Inspiration) and Dana (which runs Palm OS and other palm-based accessory programs including a Palm version of Inspiration, and has wireless capability)
Challenge Math 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...
bullet Challenge Math For the Elementary and Middle School Student for the upper elementary and middle school student Recommended
bullet Primary Grade Challenge Math Recommendedfor the younger elementary student
bullet Real World Algebra: Understanding the Power of Mathematics Recommended
bullet The Ten Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (But are Rarely Taught)
bulletBecoming a Problem Solving Genius: A Handbook of Math Strategies
bullet25 Real Life Math Investigations That Will Astound Teachers and Students
Dragon Naturally Speaking Wireless Premium 12.0 Recommended or Home version, by Nuance Communications
Provides a whole new way to interact with a PC--using speech instead of a keyboard and mouse--to help you work faster and more efficiently...
English from the Roots Up Recommended by Joegil K. Lundquist
Interest elementary students in 100 Latin and Greek root words and their English derivatives... book and flashcards - my kids still (middle and high school) love the flashcards
bulletEnglish from the Roots Up, Volume 1
bulletEnglish from the Roots Up, Volume 2
bulletEnglish from the Roots Up Flashcards, Volume 1
Equate Recommended
Strategic math thinking game, scrabble for mathematical expressions.  Don't forget the junior tile set for more integers, or the advanced tile set for negative numbers and exponents.  Classroom sets available, too!
FlashMaster by Flashmaster, Inc. Recommended
A toy, a learning tool... both.  FlashMaster replaces flash cards for +-*/ math facts.   Use it with or without the adjustable timer, with or without sounds.  Missed problems can be run separately.  Change the problem format, put the "variable" in any position.  This is a great tool, that's great fun, even for twice exceptional gifted kids... PC Magazine review
Intel Reader Recommended from Amazon.UK or HumanWare in the U.S.
For those of us who find reading a challenge, it’s time to dream in a new way... Snap a picture, and it reads to you.  Point-shoot-listen.  Use on books, worksheets, menus, more...
Review: Intel Makes Leap in Device to Aid Impaired Readers in the Wall Street Journal
LiveScribe Smartpen Recommended
Records audio and links it what you write. Missed something? Tap on your notes or drawings with the tip of your Pulse smartpen to hear what was said while you were writing.  No Need to Lug the Laptop. 
Review: Livescribe Pulse Smartpen: It's a Keeper
Mathematics Recommended by Harold R. Jacobs
Arguably the best mathematics text books available...
bullet Mathematics: A Human Endeavor the quintessential pre-algebra text - makes math fun Recommended
bullet Elementary Algebra Algebra I, in Jacobs tradition  or Amazon.co.uk
bullet Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding  or Amazon.co.uk
Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum Recommended by Michael Clay Thompson, from Royal Fireworks Press
I don't know how to explain Michael Clay Thompson's curriculum, except to say... gifted students, no matter where their gifts lie, need this curriculum.  I had the honor of hearing Michael speak about his Grammar Voyage and The Magic Lens grammar curricula... and I was enthralled.  Please know, I am a math-y and a computer geek - I do not do language arts, if I can help it.  But this curriculum made grammar interesting to me!  Word Within The Word offers middle and secondary level, vocabulary-building curriculum that is like no other.  Sentence Island, Paragraph Town and Essay Voyage form the elementary writing curriculum.  And there's much more... investigate all the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum. And read Cathy Duffy reviews... Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts

Times Tales Recommended
learn upper times tables in an hour...
The Writer with Word Prediction Recommended
Wireless keyboard, PC and Mac compatible, with dictionary, spell-checker, optional Word Prediction, and more!  And less expensive than the Alphasmart...

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
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