Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

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MCGT Suggested Book List for Adults

Following is a listing of books recommended by members of MCGT for adults. Some of these books are out of print and therefore not available to purchase, but you might find them at your local library.

Books about Giftedness and/or Parenting:

College Planning for Gifted Students (3rd ed.), by Sandra L. Berger.  A step-by-step guide for discovering the right fit between student and college, including examination of personal goals, values and learning styles, and how to figure out what a college is really like.

Crossover Children: A Sourcebook for Helping Children Who are Gifted and Learning Disabled (2nd ed.), by Marlene Bireley.  A rich resource that provides specific strategies, recommendations for academic interventions and enrichment activities to help these children (who may also be ADD) to control impulsivity, increase attention, enhance memory, improve social skills, and develop a positive self-concept.

Exceptionally Gifted Children, by Miraca Gross.  Features case studies of 15 Australian children.  Excellent book on a subject about which little is written.

Helping Gifted Children Soar:  A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers, by Carol A. Strip, with Gretchen Hirsch.  User-friendly guidebook, a good resource for those just starting in the gifted field as well as seasoned veterans.

The Many Faces of Giftedness: Lifting the Masks, edited by Alexinia Y. Baldwin and Wilma Vialle.  Several authors discuss giftedness in combination with sociocultural issues, learning disabilities, sensory and physical challenges (deafness, vision impairment, and cerebral palsy), autism disorders, and emotional disturbance.

Once Upon a Mind: The Stories and Scholars of Gifted Child Education, by James R. Delisle.  A very readable and usable introduction to the field of gifted education.   Includes lots of interactive questions and related resources.

Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Ages 4-9, by Joan Smutny, Sally Walker and Elizabeth Meckstroth.  Very readable and comprehensive for teachers and parents for identifying and educating gifted children in the preschool and primary grades.

You Know Your Child is Gifted When…: A Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side, by Judy Galbraith.  Gain insights into what it means to be gifted, uncover some myths, find out why it matters to know if your child is gifted and what to do if s/he is gifted.  Excellent resources included.

Some of My Best Friends Are Books by Judith Wynn-Halstad. A guide for parents, teachers, etc. with suggestions of books for gifted readers from pre-school to high school. Gives a synopsis, age range, how the book relates to gifted kids, and questions to explore.

Bringing out the Best: A Resource Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children by Jacqulyn Saunders with Pamela Espeland. Aimed at preschool gifted.

Counseling the Gifted and Talented edited by Linda Kreger Silverman,

Gifted Kids Speak Out by James R. Delisle.

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With and Stick Up for Your Gifted Childby Sally Yahnke Walker. Not a lot of meat, but good bathroom reading (sometimes the only reading that parents of gifted kids get!)

Parenting the Gifted Child (3rd edition) by Linda Kreger Silverman.

Playing Smart: A Parents Guide to Enriching, Offbeat Learning Activities for Ages 4 to 14 by Susan K. Perry.

Smart Girls : A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness (Smart Girls Two) by Barbara Kerr. Important for every parent of daughters, and suitable for the girls also.

Understanding Gifted & Talented Adolescents edited by T.M. Buescher.

Seven Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Many Intelligences by Thomas Armstrong.

Coercive Egalitarianism: A Study of Discrimination Against Gifted Children by Stephen Schroeder-Davis.

Guiding the Gifted Child by James T. Webb.

The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias.

The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene. The whys of oppositional defiance and how to deal with it.

Raising Your Sprited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. -My Bible! Without this book I would not have understood how to talk about or work with my very spirited daughter. I love the positive vocabulary she presents. I think most gifted kids fall into this category.

Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.

Natures Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential by Henry David Feldman. Studies of a number of prodigies in different fields, following their growth for a period of years.

The Hurried Child by David Elkind. Helps with the struggle to balance encouraging versus pushing

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talkby Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. Parents of gifted kids absolutely require this book – especially when raising little lawyers.

Coping for Capable Kids by Leonora M Cohen and Erica Feydenberg.

Parents Guide to Raising a Gifted Child: Recognizing and Developing Your Childs Potential edited by James Alvino.

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom by Susan Winebrenner. Those of us who have read this book highly recommend it. Some parents have purchased it and given it to their child’s teachers. The book is full of practical ideas and helpful for parents to read also.

Adult Fiction:

Body and Soul by Frank Conroy. the story of a male piano prodigy who was raised in less-than-ideal conditions.