Books and Book Reviews
- A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students, by Nicholas Colangelo, Susan G. Assouline, and Miraca U. M. Gross
- A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, by James Webb, Janet Gore, Edward Amend and Arlene DeVries. The updated and greatly expanded version of old classic, Guiding the Gifted Child
- Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners is the latest addition to our collection of gifted books. Don’t miss this one; Joy Davis is both knowledgable and reassuring. Her book is well researched, thorough, covers a wide range of topics, and offers practical suggestions as well as advice on many aspects of giftedness. Perhaps the best part of this book is how refreshingly straightforward it is about so many difficult issues. There is no tiptoeing around the challenges facing families of children who are gifted, nor the additional and potentially complicating factors of twice exceptionality (gifted AND learning differences) or what one might call “thrice exceptionality”: being gifted while Black. This is not the kind of book that encourages you to long, thoughtful navel-gazing, but rather a matter of fact discussion of real life. It’s a useful resource on giftedness for parents, teachers, administrators, relatives, and friends. If you’re Black, you’ll find specialized suggestions. If you’re not, you won’t feel put off or left out. Most importantly, unless you live in a world that is sparkly white and never touches on the lives of anyone who is not Caucasian (say, another planet), you should read this book.
- Exceptionally Gifted Children, by Miraca U. M. Gross
- Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds, by Jan Davidson, Bob Davidson, and Laura Vanderkam
- Giftedness 101, by Linda Silverman, dispels common myths about giftedness, challenges the view that eminence is the true signifier of giftedness, provides support for the twice exceptional, offers specific guidelines to parents and teachers, describes comprehensive assessment of the gifted, and focuses on the complex inner world of the gifted. In Giftedness 101, giftedness is defined as a psychological reality with powerful ramifications throughout the lifespan. Included are 37 pages of references to support the view that giftedness is a different way of experiencing. A much-needed book on the psychology, rather than the eminence, of giftedness.
- Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers, by James T. Webb, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, and Stephanie S. Tolan
- How the Gifted Brain Learns, by David A. Sousa. Neurological underpinnings of the gifted brain and applications for learning.
- Keys to Successfully Parenting the Gifted Child, by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D. & Larry A. Kuusisto, Ph.D., is a very good, basic intro for parents and for getting family members on the same page.
- Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults, by Susan Daniels and Michael M. Piechowski
- Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child, by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, MTF, a guidebook for making educational decisions, discusses how to balance the emotional and academic needs of gifted and 2e children, their parents, and their families.
- Mellow Out, They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright, by Michael Piechowski. Another new book that is well worth a read. Mr. Piechowski, has spent years researching Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities. In this book, he shows us how it feels to be young and gifted from the point of view of the children. If you have wondered what all the sensory stuff was about, or what an overexcitability actually is, here are your answers!
- Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children And Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, And Other Disorders, by James T. Webb, et al. Click on the link for reviews of this book on Amazon. Raising a gifted child is sometimes said to be like peeling an onion: every time you think you have something figured out, you discover there’s another layer underneath. This book will help you to understand which of your child’s challenges are “normal” for gifted children and which might require professional intervention. The social-emotional coverage and breakdown of behavioral characteristics also provides a nice substitute for the parenting-the-gifted manual that nobody has yet written.
- Nurturing the Gifted Female: A Guide for Educators and Parents, by Joy Navan. All about gifted girls.
- Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child, by the “mythical” and illustrious Columbus Group, is an exploration of the effects of asynchronous development on gifted individuals. Chapters describe the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing with the challenges of asynchrony, and recommendations for adapting education in a variety of settings. Off the Charts! is an excellent book for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to profoundly gifted individuals.
- Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook, by Carol Fertig. This book is exactly what it promises to be: a good overview on raising and educating your gifted child. While there’s not a lot of depth, there is a huge amount of breadth. Ms. Fertig does a terrific job of including a little of everything for everyone.
- Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
- Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High School, by Judith Wynn Halsted
- The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child’s Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success, by Fernette and Brock Eide. Finally, a book on “brain-based” learning styles, including the asynchronies many gifted children struggle with. You might want to pass a copy of this along to your child’s pediatrician, therapist, tutor, or other significant adults in your child’s life.
- Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, by Linda Kreger Silverman