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A Few Selected Books for Parenting Book Clubs


This list of books is presented just to get people started with gifted parenting book clubs.  If your favorite book is not on this list, please let us know!  Comments are just to guide you initially.  


Introductory:  

TitleAuthor Comments to aid in selection
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children Webb Comprehensive: covers many aspects of gifted kids, though long and a bit much to absorb in a month.  SENG recommends it be read over the course of 8 - 10 get togethers in a SENG model Parent Group…  

Gifted Kids Survival Guide


Galbraith


This is targeted at kids - but might be another good book for getting discussions rolling.

Giftedness 101


Silverman


Haven't read it, but is well rated and regarded.  

Guiding the Gifted Child



Webb



Precurser to A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children.  It is shorter and still contains the important stuff.

Helping Gifted Children SoarHirsch & Whitney 
Parenting Gifted Children


Treffinger


Published by the National Association for Gifted Children.  

Parenting Gifted Children 101: An Introduction to Gifted Kids and Their Needs







Inman









from the publisher:  This practical, easy-to-read book explores the basics of parenting gifted children, truly giving parents the "introductory course" they need to better understand and help their gifted child. Topics include myths about gifted children, characteristics of the gifted, the hows and whys of advocacy, social and emotional issues and needs, strategies for partnering with your child's 

Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Gifted Children



Delisle





Delisle is more flowery in his understanding of gifted kids.  He is a teacher and a parent of gifted, so often brings both perspectives to his work.  Here he provides very specific guidance on structuring you parenting.  

Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook

Fertig


The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids

Walker


Short. A good intro book.  Will fuel discussion. Older.


They Say My Kid's Gifted, Now What

Olenchak

brought to you by NAGC.
When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs

Delisle



A hands on guide to working with gifted kids.  Contains worksheets and useful lists.  Very readable and actionable.


General 


Keys to Parenting the Gifted Child


Rimm


Parenting gifted through the ages - preschool through college.  

Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind


Ruf



Ruf introduces her Levels of Giftedness (distinct from IQ) and discusses giftedness and parenting.

Off the Charts: Asychony and the Gifted Child Piechowski

Complation of articles regarding giftedness.


Parenting


A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents

Rivero



Coloring Outside the Lines

Schank

One man's approach to parenting bright kids.
  
Cradles of Eminence




Goertzel




Old book that looked at what creates eminence.  (Spoiler alert:  a pushy mom!)  Worth picking up, but not until you have an established group, I would say.

Gifted Lives: What Happens when Gifted Children Grow Up

Freeman


Follows 20 gifted people for 35 years.


How to Talk to Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk


Faber



Not specifically gifted, but discussed in a room of gifted parents, takes on a whole different tone.  

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Dweck


This is the book that launched the fixed versus growth mindset debate.  

Outliers:  the story of success



Gladwell



Explores the nature of achievement and claims that extraordinary achievement is usually more about opportunity than ability.

Raising a Thinking Child


Shure


Old, but still relevant.  Not specifically gifted oriented.

The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon



Great Minds And How To Grow Them


Elkind




Berliner & Eyre


Kids are not merely miniature adults.  This book discusses the dangers of missing that point.  Not a gifted specific book, but great for the gifted parent. 





Ten Things Not to Say to Your Gifted Child: One Family's PerspectiveNancy Hielbronner This book offers a different perspective on parenting gifted children: what not to do!


Social Emotional Needs


On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children



Cross




Series of very short chapters/articles on specific issues and their effect on the gifted.  Digital natives to terrorism, self-injury to nerdy stereotypes.

Living With Intensity




Daniels




As I recall this one had lots of chapters on different topics.  It is dense but you could pick off a few chapters that are of interest to your group.

Why Smart Kids Worry: And What Parents Can Do to Help

Edwards

The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends

Elman



Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students

Fonseca


Good Friends Are Hard to Find: Help Your Child Find, Make, and Keep Friends 

Frankel



You Know Your Child Is Gifted When…

Galbraith


Another short book that would work well to get people talking.

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What do we know?

Neihart



Collection of academic articles on different topics of giftedness published by the National Association for Gifted Children

"Mellow out" They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright

Piechowski



A bit dry - but full of useful information



Inside-Out: Understanding the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children 

Silverman



I'm Not Just Gifted: Social-Emotional Curriculum for Guiding Gifted Children Fonseca 


Education Related


A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students




Belin-Black






This was a research study that came out 10-12 years ago on how gifted kids are educated and systematically effected.  I don't think you can get the book anymore, but the report is online.  There is now a followup on the same web site.  

Being Smart About Gifted Education

Matthews

Dumbing Down America: the War On Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds (And What We Can Do to Fight Back)

Delisle




How is our education system systematically disadvantaging gifted kids?  Why that's a problem and needs to stop.  


Homeschooling Gifted And Advanced Learners

West


The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve

Tyre



Very readable, and actionable.  



The Power to Transform

Marshall

Written by the first president of IMSA, it is her vision on what education should/could be.  



Light-hearted


The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends

Elman



Raisin' Brains: Surviving My Smart Family Isaacson

Chatty - might be good for people to read in order to normalize their own experiences.


Assessment


Assessment of Giftedness: A Concise and Practical Guide Milligan

Good concise explanation of assessing giftedness.


Executive Function


Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential Dawson




Perfectionism


Moving Past Perfect: How Perfectionism May Be Holding Back Your Kids (and You!) and What You Can Do About It

Greenspon




Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good?

Adderholt


Written so it can be read by children, but still laden with good information.  

Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing "Never Good Enough" van Gemert

 Newly published summer 2017


Twice Exceptional


If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional

Merrill



Funny book - Jen Merrill is a local.  She has a blog: Laughing at Chaos


Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults




Webb





Excellent resource for parents with 2E kids or kids they suspect might be.  Gifted people are wired differently and the helping professions often want to label them when that isn't strictly speaking appropriate.

Parenting Is Hard; Suffering Is Optional

King


Funny book - Kim King is a local.  
Focus on taking care of yourself as a parent.

Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student

Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome

The Power of Different: the Link Between Disorder and Genius
Kay







Saltz






Underachievement


The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, and Reversing Underachievement

Siegle



Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades Rimm


Underrepresented Groups


Bright, Talented and Black Lawson


Gifted Girls


Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women and Giftness


Kerr



This book made me so angry.  She is very judgy in her definition of "success."  But there are some good nuggets in here.  

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls



Pipher




Why are adolescent girls prone to anorexia and depression - this book explores what about our culture leads to this and how to effectively parent to avoid it.  

Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women




Smutny





Short book by local legend, Joan Smutny, the founder of World of Wisdom and the Terence Center for Creativity, currently housed a Northern Illinois University.  Joan meanders her way through this short book, but touches so many intersting points. 


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