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The Critical Thinking Company
Publisher of materials for gifted education.
Publishers of materials for use in a gifted classroom.
http://www.engine-uity.com Educational Impressions
Publisher of materials to enrich the curriculum and to encourage critical
and creative thinking.
http://www.edimpressions.com Great Potential Press
Publisher of gifted education resources.
Great source for challenging brain teasers and games!
http://www.mindwareonline.com Pieces of Learning
Publisher of resources for gifted education.
http://www.piecesoflearning.com Professional Associates Publishing
Publisher that provides educational materials that enrich the
learning experiences of all students and maximizing students'
http://www.kingore.com Prufrock Press
Publisher of gifted materials.
http://www.prufrock.com/ Tin Man Press
Publisher of gifted resource materials.
http://www.tinmanpress.com Toy List 2007 from Parenting for High Potential
The parent magazine published by the National Association
for Gifted Children puts out an annual toy list that they have
researched and found to be thought-provoking and challenging
for gifted children.
Gifted Organizations and Gifted Information Sites
The Texas Education Agency http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented http://www.txgifted.org/ The National Association for Gifted Children http://www.nagc.org/ The College Board's Advanced Placement page http://www.collegeboard.com/ap/ The Gifted Development Center http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/ The Davidson Institute for Talent Development"Is it a Cheetah?" by Stephanie S. TolanA look at giftedness...
Top Ten Books on Giftedness
by Noreen H. Joslyn, LISW, ACSW
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
The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted K
ids by Sally Y. Walker. Free Spirit Publishing
Good advice written with a sense of humor. I've
read it many times over!
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: For Ages 10
and Under by Judy Galbraith. Free Spirit Publishing
Written for the younger gifted student, this helpful
book explains giftedness clearly. Gives many suggestions
to help make the school experience more positive.
The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: A Teen
Handbook by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle, PhD.
Free Spirit Publishing
Recently updated, this valuable book covers topics
such as how to relate with peers, devising your own
curriculum, and college planning. An important chapter
covers depression and suicide risks.
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.
Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too
Good? By Miriam Adderholdt-Elliot, PhD. Free Spirit
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.
The Roller-Coaster Years: Raising Your Child
through the Maddening yet Magical Middle School
Years by Charlene Gianetti and Margaret Sagarese.
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!
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
The Over-Scheduled Child: Avoiding the
Hyper-Parenting Trap by Alvin Rosenfeld, MD and
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 Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating
Everyday Genius by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, PsyD.
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
Source: Family Education Network
Books on Time and Perfectionism
by Sandra Berger, M.Ed.
Here are some great books for gifted kids of all ages, dealing
with time management and perfectionism.
Time Management for Unmanageable People
Ann McGee-Cooper and Duane Trammell
Provides a "right-brain" method for work/study skills and
time management. Suggestions include "reward yourself
first and then do your assignments."
Becoming a Master Student: Tools, Techniques,
Hints, Ideas, Illustrations, Examples, Methods,
Procedures, Processes, Skills, Resources, and
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.
Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good?
Miriam Adderholdt-Elliott and Jan Goldberg
Explores the problem of perfectionism, explains the
differences between healthy ambition and unhealthy
perfectionism, and gives strategies for getting out
of the perfectionist trap.
The Skills of Encouragement: Bringing Out the
Best in Yourself & Others
Don Dinkmeyer and Lewis Losoncy
Provides a plan, strategies, hints, and tips for helping
I May Not Be Totally Perfect, but Parts of Me
Are Excellent, and Other Brilliant Thoughts
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide, Ages 10 and Under
Judy Galbraith, Pamela Espeland, and Albert Molnar
Support and practical suggestions for gifted youngsters
who are struggling with typical problems, such as school
work, peer relationships, and community expectations.
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook
Judy Galbraith, James R. Delisle, Pamela Espeland (Editor),
and Jim Delisle
Helps students understand the meaning of giftedness,
how to take charge of their own education, how to handle
other people's expectations, and how to make and keep friends.
Tales for the Perfect Child
Florence Parry Heide and Victoria Chess
Written for 9- to 12-year-olds, this book presents a funny
look at what would happen if children were perfect.
Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days
A funny book for 9- to 12-year-olds about a student who
decides that he wants to be perfect and finds a book on the topic.
Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted
Readers from Preschool to High School
Judith Wynn Halsted
A guide to using bibliotherapy and an excellent annotated
list of books to use with gifted students.
Source: Family Education Network
Books for Parents
Beyond ADD: Hunting for Reasons in the Past &
Present by Thom Hartmann
Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the
True Self by Alice Miller and Ruth Ward
Dreamers, Discoverers, & Dynamos: How to Help the
Child Who Is Bright, Bored, and Having Problems in
School by Lucy Jo Palladino
Gifted Children: Myths and Realities
Keys To Parenting the Gifted Child by Sylvia Rimm.
Parents' Guide to Raising a Gifted Child by James Alvino
and the editors of Gifted Children Monthly
Pretenders: Gifted People Who Have Difficulty
Learning by Barbara P. Guyer
The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids
Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades: And What You
Can Do About It by Sylvia Rimm.
Your Gifted Child: How To Recognize and Develop the
Special Talents In Your Child From Birth to Age Seven
by Joan Franklim Smutny
Books for Kids
Alphabet Workbook for gifted preschoolers
by Martha Cheney and Karol Kaminsky.
Extraordinary Young People by Marlene Targ Brill
The Gifted Kid's Survival Guide: For
Ages 10 and Under
Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook
More Questions & Answers: For Ages 6 to 8
by Bailey Kennedy and Larry Nolte
Story Starters: Stories About Animals
by Julie Koerner and Leo Abbett
Source: Family Education Network