Gifted Children's Resource Guide
Recommended Books for and about the Gifted
This list was compiled by Dr Jean K Becker, former Mensa 1st Vice Chairman
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide (for ages 10 and under) and
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook,
by James Delisle and Judy Galbraith.
- Bringing Out the Best: A Resource Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children, by Jacqueline Saunders and Pamela Espeland.
- The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Children: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child, by Sally Yahnke Walker. [I’ve read this one — it is very good, an excellent resource for ideas, advice, and information. - BS]
- Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers, by James T Webb, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, and Stephanie S. Tolan.
- 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.
These are some other books gathered from:
Resources for Families of Gifted Children:
An Annotated List, compiled and annotated by Basia Pacyniack
- Eby, Judith W. & Smutny, Joan F. A Thoughtful Overview of Gifted Education. New York: Longman, 1990. A critical and creative overview of gifted education that provides present and prospective educators with a framework for understanding the practical applications of contemporary research in the field.
- Jones, Eric D. , Southern, W. Thomas. The Academic Acceleration of Gifted Children. New York: Teachers College Press, 1991. Designed to assist parents, students and school personnel in assessing, implementing, and evaluating acceleration decisions in schools. Offers potential strategies for reaching decisions about whom to accelerate, when, and how.
- Smutny, Joan F., and Blocksom, Rita. Education of the Gifted: Programs and Perspectives. Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1990. Provides an introduction and overall perspective on topics related to sound program development for the gifted. Includes extensive references for further study as well as sample teaching activities and curricular materials.
- Supplee, Patricia L. Reaching the Gifted Underachiever. New York: Teachers College Press, 1990. A practical guide describing the underachieving program design—philosophy, restructured environment, and parent involvement.
Smutny, Joan F., Walker, Sally Yahnke, & Mechstroth, Elizabeth A. Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 1997. Principles that underscore that to teach a child, you must reach the child.
- American Mensa Recommended Reading – books on diverse topics dealing with raising and helping the gifted.
- Learn in Freedom Recommended Reading – dedicated to taking responsibility for your own or your child's learning.
"Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom"
by Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Yahnke Walker and Elizabeth A. Meckstroth
Also available through Amazon
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