Resources: Books, Magazines, Newsletters, Journals and Movies on Giftedness
101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Handbook by Christine Fonseca. Prufrock Press, May 2011
5 Levels of Gifted by Deborah L. Ruf.
A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students by Nicholas Colangelo, Susan G. Assouline, Miraca U. M. Gross
Able Children in Ordinary Schools by Deborah Eyre.
Academic Acceleration of Gifted Children (Education and Psychology of the Gifted Series) by W. Thomas Southern, Eric D. Jones (Editor)
Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: a Parent's Complete Guide by Barbara Gilman. Great Potential Press.
Academic Competitions for Gifted Students : A Resource Book for Teachers and Parents by Mary K. Tallent-Runnels, Ann C. Candler-Lotven.
Accent on Essential Life Skills by Otto Schmidt. This book is a manual of 48 skills found in 7 skills areas. A holistic approach is used to empower people. Thinking skills, self-development skills and creativity are highlighted. Skills training workshops are available for all ages. Details at: Accent on Skills Consulting
Annemarie Roeper : Selected Writings and Speeches by Annemarie Roeper. Written by the founder of a Michigan school for the gifted, understand the emotional and social development of gifted students.
Applying Multiple Intelligences To Gifted Education : I'm Not Just An IQ Score! by Colleen Willard-Holt, Dan Holt /Spiral-bound.
Asking Better Questions by Norah Morgan & Juliana Saxton (full text is available online)
Barefoot Irreverence: A Guide to Critical Issues in Gifted Education by Delisle, James R., Waco, TX: Prufrock Press, 2002. He took a year’s sabbatical from his university teaching to return to a fourth-grade classroom. His experiences with real kids have led him to write about the needs of gifted children.
Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Manes, S. (1987). New York: Bantam/Skylark Books. A student decides that he wants to be perfect and finds a book on the topic.
Becoming a Master Student (7th ed.) by Ellis, D. (1994). Boston: Houghton-Mifflin. Written primarily for college students, this book provides dynamic ways of teaching study skills, time-management, and goal-setting. Students are encouraged to try innovative approaches to academic and life management skills. Available from Houghton-Mifflin Co., Wayside Road, Burlington, MA 01803.
Being Smart about Gifted Children: A Guidebook for Parents and Educators by Joanne Foster and Dona Matthews.. (Great Potential press, 2005) Details at: Being Smart
Bringing Out the Best: A Resource Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children by Jacqulyn Saunders with Pamela Espelund. Free Spirit Publishing. A highly practical book. Gives suggestions for enriching home learning plus advice on choosing preschools.
Character Building and Stories that Teach Values
Character Education: Resources, Materials, Lesson Plans
The Challenge of the Able Child by David George.College Planning and Success Stories
College Planning for Gifted Students by Sandra L. Berger. The Council for Exceptional Children. A book that takes you from choosing middle-school courses to the college-application process. Recently updated, it also includes data on gifted-teen summer programs and state gifted associations.
College Planning for Gifted Students with Disabilities
College Planning for Gifted and Talented Youth
Counseling the Gifted and Talented by Silverman, Linda K., Denver, CO: Love Publishing, 1993. Directed at school counselors, explains emotional aspects of giftedness, can help parents understand the intensity and sensitivity of gifted individuals.
Creative Home Schooling for Gifted Children: A Resource Guide by Rivero, Lisa, Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential Press, 2002. Advice for parents who homeschool gifted children, overview of the characteristics of the gifted, extensive lists of resources.
Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet by Matthew Fox. The most spiritually powerful act a person can undertake is to create. It is the most elemental, innermost and deeply spiritual aspect of our beings.(Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam Publishers)
Developing Math Talent: A Guide for Educating Gifted and Advanced Learners in Math by Susan Assouline and Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, 2005. 387 pp., ISBN 1-59363-159-6, Prufrock Press, www.prufrock.com. This comprehensive guide for parents and educators who provide appropriate opportunities for mathematically talented youth. The chapters include information about parent advocacy, a guide to educational assessment used for identification and programming, a comprehensive introduction to a model for educating mathematically talented youth, a review of curricula and materials, and characteristics of good instruction for the mathematically talented student.
The Development of Giftedness and Talent Across the Lifespan. Edited by Frances Degen Horowitz, PhD; Rena F. Subotnik, PhD; and Dona J. Matthews, PhD. Publisher: American Psychological Association, 2009. ISBN: 1-4338-0414-X
The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt. Full text of this ebook is available for free download.
Different minds: Gifted children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and other learning deficits by D.V. Lovecky. (2004). Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom; How to reach and teach all learners, Grades 3-12, by Diane Heacox
The Drama of the Gifted Child : The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller, Ruth Ward (Translator) Read the book online. Explains why successful children and adults are plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation--and how to break the cycle.
Dreamers, Discoverers and Dynamos : How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School by Lucy Jo Palladino (Paperback - January 1999) Millions of children with dazzling intelligence think divergently--overflowing with many ideas--while schools, organized activities, and daily life reward convergent thinking, which focuses on one idea at a time.
Dreams and Drummers by Smith, D. (1978). New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Publishers. The story of a perfectionist who learns that we cannot always be Number One at everything.
Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Outbursts by Christine Fonseca. Prufrock Press (October, 2010)
The Encouragement Book by Dinkmeyer, D. and Losoncy, L. (1980). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Provides a plan, strategies, hints, and tips for helping discouraged students.
The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted and Talented Teens by Jean Peterson. Step by step lessons and reproducible pages on social emotional issues of concern to gifted/talented students. www.freespirit.com 1-800-735-7323.
Exceptionally Gifted Children by Miraca Gross. A study of gifted children in Australia.
Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism by Thomas S. Greenspon. "Tom Greenspon explains perfectionism, where it comes from (including influences outside the family), and what to do about it. He describes a healing process for transforming perfectionism into healthy living practices and self-acceptance."
Genius Denied by Jan and Bob Davidson. How to stop wasting our brightest young minds.
The Genius in All of Us: Why everything you've been told about genetics, talent, and IQ is wrong by David Shenk. His premise is: Geniuses are not born; they are made.
The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, PsyD. Ballentine Books. You didn't think you stopped being gifted when you grew up, did you? Insightful writing examines issues that gifted adults may face if they don't successfully incorporate their "differentness" into their personality. Since many parents of gifted kids are gifted themselves, this book is highly recommended.
Gifted Children and the Law : Mediation, Due Process, and Court Cases by Frances A. Karnes, Ronald G. Marquardt, Ronald G. Marquqrdt
Gifted Children : Myths and Realities by Ellen Winner
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide (ages 10 and under) by Judy Galbraith. Answers to most important questions young gifted children have about giftedness. Hundreds of gifted kids contributed to this book. Monarch Books of Canada.
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide (ages 11-18) by J. Galbraith and J. Delisle. Written with the help from hundreds of gifted teenagers, this is an important guide to surviving giftedness. Facts, strategies and practical tools for understanding their giftedness are presented. Monarch Books of Canada.
A Glossary of Terms in Gifted Education - EXCEPTIONAL SITE! from A to Z, definitions, explanations of important terms relating to giftedness
Going Geek: What Every Smart Kid (and Every Smart Parent) Should Know About College Admissions by John Carpenter
Growing Up Gifted: Developing the Potential of Children at Home and at School by Barbara Clark (Hardcover) Introduction to the characteristics of the gifted and talented children.
Guiding Gifted Readers - From Preschool to High School by Halsted, J. W. (1988). Columbus: Ohio Psychology Publishing. A guide to using bibliotherapy and an annotated list of books to use with gifted students.
Handbook of Gifted Education (3rd Edition). Colangelo, N. & Davis, G. (Eds.). (2002). New Jersey: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN: 0205340636
Help Is On Its Way by Jenna Forrest. A memoir about growing up sensitive.Being highly sensitive affects even people who choose very public careers, like acting and singing - and it is not so unusual.
Helping Gifted Children Soar: A practical guide for parents and teachers, 2nd edition by Carol Strip Whitney, Ph.D. with Gretchen Hirsch.
High IQ Kids - Collected Insights, Information and Personal Stories from the Experts edited by Kiesa Kay, Deborah Robson, and Judy For Brenneman.
History of Gifted & Talented Education (valuable timeline)
How the Gifted Brain Learns by David Sousa. The book is about the general structure and function of the brain and how the gifted brain works differently than the normal brain.
How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom by Susan M. Brookhart.
How to Survive and Thrive as Educator of Talented and Gifted by Sally Roets.
If I'm So Successful, Why do I Feel Like a Fake? by Harvey, J. & Katz, C. (1986). The impostor phenomenon. New York: Pocket Books.
In Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope by Dr. James Webb. Help gifted individuals understand and overcome their depression. Some depression stems from idealism related the lesser-known ideas of existential depression and its consequential disillusionment about different life events.
The Journey: A handbook for parents of children who are gifted and talented 2004, Alberta Learning
Keys to Parenting the Gifted Child by Sylvia Rimm, PhD. Barron's Publishing. Part of the Barron's Parenting Keys Series, this helpful book examines questions many parents of gifted children have, such as when to start school, grade-skipping, and homework habits. Very readable.
Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults by Susan Daniels (Editor), Michael M. Piechowski (Editor).
Losing Our Minds - Gifted Children Left Behind by Deborah Ruf. Looks at 5 levels of giftedness.
A Love for Learning - Motivation and the Gifted Child by Carol Strip Whitney and Gretchen Hirsch. Why gifted kids perform and how to reach underachievers.
The Many Faces of Giftedness: Lifting the Masks by Baldwin, A.Y., & Vaille, W. (Eds.)(1999), Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. A cross-cultural look at gifted children with disabilities and/or disadvantages.
Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted. Karnes, F. & Bean, S. (Eds). (2005). Waco, TX: Prufrock.
Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children by SENG Gifted.
Mistakes are Great by Zadra, D. (1986). . Mankato, MN: Creative Education. Provides examples of famous mistakes and how they can be turned into positive learning experiences.
The NAGC Mile Marker Series: Your Road Map to Successfully Support Gifted Children. Published by National Association for Gifted Children. Pages: CD-ROM. A map around five “Mile Markers,” that represent different aspects of nurturing gifted children, each serving as an indicator of “learning places” one might experience during the developmental stages of a gifted child’s life.
Nurturing the Gifts and Talents of Primary Grade Students by Baum, S.M., Reis, S.M.,and Maxfield, L.D. (Eds.)(1998). Mansfield Center, CT: Creative Learning Press. This book describes identification of gifts, interests, and learning styles. It also offers curriculum and classroom management tips for meeting gifted children's needs. The Renzulli Model is the basis for approaches.
On Being Gifted: The Curse
The Over-Scheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap by Alvin Rosenfeld, MD and Nicole Wise. St. Martin's Griffen Press. Gifted kids often want to put themselves in too many activities. Though not specifically directed at parents of gifted, this book examines this concern and makes recommendations for putting on the brakes.
The Parallel Curriculum A Design to Develop Learner Potential and Challenge Advanced Learners Second Edition. Author: Tomlinson, Kaplan, Renzulli, Purcell, Leppien, Burns, Strickland, Imbeau. Publisher: Corwin Press, 2008. ISBN: 9781412961318
A Parent's Guild to Gifted Children by James Webb, Janet Gore, Edward Amand, and Arlene Devries.
Pathways to Investigative Skills by Creative Learning Press. All about high level enrichment in classroom situations.
Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good? by Miriam Adderholdt & Jan Goldberg. Free Spirit Publishing. The title says it all. Though directed towards any perfectionist you know -- older middle-school age and up -- this book will also help parents understand and cope with their own gifted perfectionist child.
Planning and Implementing Programs for the Gifted by Dr. James Borland. Prufrock Press Inc. A reference for service and program options for practitioners, administrators, and coordinators of gifted education programs.
Programs and Services for Gifted Secondary Students a reference for service and program options for practitioners, administrators, and coordinators of gifted education programs.
Quirky Kids : Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry by Perri Klass, Eileen Costello .
Raising a Gifted Child - A Parenting Success Handbook by Carol Fertig. Intro to giftedness.
Re-Forming Gifted Education by Karen Rogers.
Removing the Mask : Giftedness in Poverty by Paul D. Slocumb.
The Roller-Coaster Years: Raising Your Child through the Maddening yet Magical Middle School Years by Charlene Gianetti and Margaret Sagarese. Broadway Books. Though not written specifically for parents of gifted kids, this is a very helpful book for parents of an often overlooked age group. There is also a comprehensive list of resources for every chapter!
Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson. Describes a program to help children who lack or lag in executive skills such as getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions.
Social-Emotional Development Resources for Gifted and Talented Students
Socratic Circles by Matt Copeland. Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School. See sample of text online.
A Source Book for Helping Children Who are Gifted and Learning Disabled by Marlene Bireley. This book provides strategies for parents and teachers on programming for gifted/learning disabled children. In addition, it provides strategies on controlling disorganization, enhancing memory, increasing attention, developing self concept and control socially inappropriate behaviours. Available through the Council for Exceptional Children.
Stand Up for Your Gifted Child by Joan Franklin Smutney. This is an excellent resource for parents whose gifted kids aren't getting the education they need. Learn about: understanding giftedness, how to deal with problems at school, options for educating gifted kids, home enrichment. Download from this site.
The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids by Sally Y. Walker. Free Spirit Publishing. Good advice written with a sense of humor. I've read it many times over! 2004, Alberta Learning
The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids by Jim Delisle and Barbara Lewis. All about needs assessments for teachers, students, parents, and administrators.
Tales for the Perfect Child by Heide, F. & Chess, V. (1985). New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books. Presents a funny look at what would happen if children were perfect.
Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom, Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Meet the Academic Needs of the Gifted and Talented by Susan Winebrenner
Time Management for Unmanageable People by McGee-Cooper, A., P.O. Box 64784, Dallas, TX 75206. Provides a "right-brain" method for work/study skills and time-management. Suggestions include "reward yourself first and then do your assignments."
Underachieving Gifted Students
Understanding Success and Failure by Lois Roets.
Upside-down Brilliance: The Visual Spatial Learner by Linda Kreger Silverman.
When Gifted Kids Don't have All the Answers: How to Meet their Social and Emotional Needs by Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith, Free Spirit Publishing, 2002. This is a great book that provides practical suggestions for encouraging social and emotional growth among gifted children and youth. It presents ways to help gifted underachievers, perfectionists and those who are bored in school, ways to advocate for gifted education and ways to create a supportive environment for all gifted students. The book is available through Monarch Books.
The World's Greatest Expert on Absolutely Everything...is Crying by Bottner, B. (1986). New York: Dell Publishers. Deals with how perfectionism affects interpersonal relationships. ______________________________________________
Magazines, Journals, Newsletters, Periodicals
Australasian Journal of Gifted Education
The Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice - quarterly, articles and essays for attorneys and advocates who represent children with disabilities and others interested in special education law and practice
Creative Kids Magazine
Cyberkids Online Magazine
Digest of Gifted Research
Directory of Gifted Education Journals & Newsletters
Genius Denied Newsletter
"Gift Rap" Newsletter
Gifted and Talented International
Gifted Child Quarterly
Gifted Child Today
Gifted Children Monthly
Gifted Education Communicator
Gifted Education Press Quarterly
Journal of Creative Problem Solving - research and studies
Journal for the Education of the Gifted
Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving - research and studies
Journal of Secondary Gifted Education
The Journal of the European Council for High Ability
Special Ed Advocate - free online newsletter -special education legal and advocacy issues, cases, tactics and strategy, new cases.
Understanding Our Gifted
Virginia Gifted Education Newsletter
Movies & Documentaries
Genius, Gifted, Related Movies and Films
Understanding Giftedness through Film - using films about gifted people in teacher training
The following movies focus on giftedness or gifted behavior.
Akeelah and the Bee (young girl goes to spelling championships)
Amadeus (life of the composer Mozart)
American Splendor (Harvey Pekar, author of comic book series)
Anne of Green Gables (young bright girl in 1800's)
A Beautiful Mind (John Nash, mathematician & schizophrenic)
Billy Elliot (struggles of a boy gifted in dance)
Bridge to Terabithia (a boy with a great imagination who draws)
Crumb (Cartoonist Robert Crumb. Warning: sexual content)
Dark Matter (when giftedness goes wrong and dark)
Dead Poets Society (boys school students form secret society)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (creative boy finds key owner)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (highschool wiseguy beats the system)
Finding Forester (gifted black teen writer)
Finding Neverland (J.M.Barrie writer of Peter Pan series)
Fly Away Home (father and daughter lead orphan geese south)
Gifted Hands (frustrated boys becomes famous neurosurgeon)
Good Will Hunting (school janitor has a gift for math)
Hard Problems (super kids in world's toughest math competition)
Harry Potter series (creative solutions in a magical world)
The Incredibles (if you relate their superhero-ness to giftedness)
The Last Mimzy (siblings develop talents after finding a toy box)
The Last Starfighter (a gifted video game player)
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (teen murderer)
Little Man Tate (single mother struggles to raise highly gifted child)
Matilda (gifted girl surviving in a disfunctional family)
Mr. Holland's Opus (a gifted musician who teaches high school)
My Left Foot (man in wheelchair learns to paint with his foot)
Nim's Island (girl has powers to communicate with an author)
October Sky (young coal miner's son inspired to take up rocketry)
Pay It Forward (doing random good deeds for others)
Pollock (about the artist Jackson Pollock)
Powder (albino boy genius)
Proof (daughter of mathematician inherits father's "insanity")
Rain Man (autistic brilliant savant)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (life of a boy in tournament chess)
Spellbound (about 8 contestants in the National Spelling Bee)
Spirited Away (sullen 10 yr old enters into a magical world)
The Soloist (journalist befriends billiant Juilliard-trained musician)
The Time Machine (gifted inventor)
Top Kid (Australian Film)
War Games (teen hacks military computer and almost starts WW3)
Whale Rider (young Maori girl saves whale)