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A Must-Read List for Parents!
Life as a Gifted Adult

Pre-Teen Reading...

Title / Series  Author  Comments... 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowlingwonderful, magical tales...
•DragonRider Anne McCaffrey Some parents hesitant to give DragonRider series to pre-teens, if so check out the DragonSong series
•Dealing With Dragons 
•Searching for Dragons
Patricia C. Wrede  witty, feminist stories about a princess who hates the drudgery of castle life
•Xanth series 
•Incantations of Immortality series
Piers Anthony fantasy (I read them before college :-)
•Children of the Atom Wilmar H. Shiras out of print, worth the hunt
National VelvetEnid Bagnoldclassic horse story
•Most of My Patients Are Animals Robert M. Miller Stories of a California vet
•All of My Patients Are Under the Bed Louis J. Camuti New York vet specializing in cats
•The Lord of the Rings Trilogy J. R. R. Tolkien fantasy classics
•Spellsinger series Alan Dean Foster science fiction / mystery
•The Hunting of the Snark 
•Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll classics!
•All of a Kind Family and sequels Sydney Taylor A heartwarming story of five little girls living with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century...
•Reflex (photography) 
•Straight (gemstones)
Dick Francis mystery books
•Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell classic historical novel
•Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe classic
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne classic
Little Women 
Little Men
Louisa May Alcott classic
•Mara, Daughter of the Nile 
•The Golden Goblet
Eloise Jarvis McGraw historical novels
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking physics!
•Mr. Tompkins series George Gamow quantum physics explained!
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! 
What Do You Care What Other People Think?
Dr. Richard Feynman Anecdotal, unpretentious, and lively, its mathematics!
Mathematics, A Human Endeavor Harold R. Jacobs A wonderful way to learn mathematics!
Trigonometry the Easy Way 
Calculus the Easy Way
by Douglas Downing Real trigonometry and calculus, real fun!
•The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook Judy Galbraith, James R. Delisle The ultimate guide to surviving and thriving in a world that doesn't always value, support, or understand high ability

Young Adult Reading...

Title / Series  Author  Comments... 
•All Things Great and Small 
•All Things Bright and Beautiful
James Herriot The rich and rewarding life of a small-town veterinarian...
•A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Betty Smith A young girl's coming of age at the turn of the century
•Redwall Series Brian Jacques British rodents do mideval battle with honor, intrigue, lands (with map) and rich vocabulary
•Homecoming series
•Ender's Game series
Orson Scott Card fantasy/sci-fi
•The High King Lloyd Alexander  
•Spring Moon Bette Bao Lord A story of China...
•Daddy-Long-Legs Jean Webster An unknown benefactor comes to the aid of a young orphan by sending her to college...
•Cat's Cradle, etc.
Kurt Vonnegut Broad humor and bitter irony collide...
•The Lives of Christopher Chant 
•Charmed Life
Diana Wynne Jones fantasy
•Hercule Poirot series, etc. Agatha Christie mystery
•Sherlock Holmes series Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic mystery
•Citizen of the Galaxy 
•Farmer in the Sky
early Robert Heinlein science fiction
•Caves of Steel 
•The Naked Sun 
•I, Robot
Isaac Asimov science fiction
•Dragon's Blood triology Jane Yolen  
•books by... John Bellair gothic style dark fantasy mysteries set in the 1950's
•The House in Norham Gardens 
Penelope Lively English author
•Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good? Miriam, Adderholdt-Elliott, Mary Mack Frasier  

A Must-Read List for Parents!

Title / Series  Author  Comments... 
•Bringing Out The Best--A Resource Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children Jacqulyn Saunders and Pamela Espeland For parents of pre-schoolers, an excellent introduction to the issues in parenting gifted kids. It's one worth purchasing, if only for the extensive bibliography in each chapter!
•Exceptionally Gifted Children Miraca Gross A must-have volume for parents of exceptionally gifted children
•The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child Sally Yahnke Walker Add it to your library...
•Academic Acceleration: Knowing Your Options Johns Hopkins University Press Summaries of research papers...
•Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Meet the Academic Needs of the Gifted and Talented Susan Winebrenner Loan this book to your child's teachers...
•Gifted Children: Myths and Realities Ellen Winner Myths and misconceptions about gifted children abound and cloud our understanding of what gifted children are like and how they should be educated...

Life as a Gifted Adult...

•Overcoming Perfectionism : The Key to Balanced Recovery Ann W. Smith  Offers practical hints to letting go of your superhuman syndrome and being imperfect
•The Joy of Imperfection Enid Howarth, Jan Tras   Light-hearted and practical guide to living in the real world
•Too Perfect : When Being in Control Gets Out of Control  Allan E. Mallinger Trading obsession with excellence for more realistic goals is the key to a saner, healthier life
•Perfectionism : A Sure Cure for Happiness J. Clayton Lafferty, Ph.D. For anyone caught up in the illusory pursuit of the unrealistic and unattainable standard of perfection
•The Courage to Achieve - Why America's Brightest Women struggle to succeed Betty Walker  

Other Reading Resources...

American Library Association  
Newbery and Caldecott Medal Book lists, great sites for kids and young adults, tips for parents 
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