Reading List

Here are some of the books our parents have found especially useful in their journey of helping their gifted child and helping others help their gifted child.  Copies will be available to skim Saturdays in the Bruin Café.

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Title Author(s)/Editor(s) Cover Outlet
Achieving Equity in Gifted Programming  Dismantling Barriers and Taping Potential April Wells
What we gained from reading. (coming soon)
Anxiety-Free Kids  An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D.
Bright, Talented, & Black  A Guide for Families of Black Gifted Learners Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D.
Creative Home Schooling  A Guide for Smart Families Lisa Rivero
Differentiation for Gifted Learners  Going Beyond the Basics Diane Heacox, Ed.D. and Richard M. Cash, Ed.D.
The Educated Child  A Parent’s Guide From Preschool Through Eighth Grade William J. Bennett, Chester E. Finn, Jr., John T. E. Cribb, Jr.
Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students  Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings Christine Fonseca
Exceptionally Gifted Children Miraca U. M. Gross
The Explosive Child  A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
How to Be a Person  65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You’re Grown Up Catherine Newman
Learning Outside the Lines  Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
Letting Go of Perfect  Empower Children to Overcome Perfectionism Jill L. Adelson, Ph.D. and Hope E. Wilson, Ph.D.
Living With Intensity  Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults Susan Daniels Ph.D. and Michael M. Piechowski Ph.D.
Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults  ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders James T. Webb, Ph.D., Edward R. Amend Psy.D., Nadia E. Webb, Psy.D., Jean Goerss, M.D., M.P.H., Paul Beljan, Psy.D., F. Richard Olenchak, Ph.D.
A Nation Empowered  Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students, Volume 1 and Volume 2 Susan G. Assouline, Ph.D., Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D., Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Ed.D., Mary Sharp
On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D.
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend Psy.D., Arlene R. DeVries M.S.E.
Parenting Gifted Kids  Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children James R. Delisle, Ph.D. Routledge
Picky Parent Guilde, Choose Your Child’s School with Confidence  the Elementary Years (K-6) Bryan C. Hassel, Ph.D. and Emily Ayscue Hassel free downloads
The Science of Making Friends  Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults Elizabeth A. Laugeson, Psy.D. and John Elder Robison
The Self-Driven Child  The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives William Stixrud, PhD. and Ned Johnson
Smart but Scattered  The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential Peg Dawson, Ed.D. and Richard Guare, Ph.D.
Stressed Out!  Solutions to Help Your Child Manage and Overcome Stress Mary Anne Richey and James W. Forgan, Ph.D.
The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids  For Ages 10 & Under Judy Galbraith, M.A.
They Say My Kid’s Gifted.  Now What?  Ideas for Parents for Understanding and Working With Schools F. Richard Olenchak, Ph.D.
Twice Exceptional  Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Disabilities Scott Barry Kaufman
Upside-Down Brilliance  The Visual-Spatial Learner Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D.
The Well-Educated Mind  A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had and
The Well-Trained Mind  A Guide to Classical Education at Home
Susan Wise Bauer

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers  How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs Judy Glbraith, M.A. and Jim Delisle, Ph.D.