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Gifted Children's Resource Guide


Recommended Books for the Gifted

This list was compiled by Dr Jean K Becker, former Mensa 1st Vice Chairman


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.


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