Some Favorite Books in Gifted Land

For Administrators and other professionals:

Reforming Gifted Education by Dr. Karen Rogers

This book is a telling of Dr. Rogers’ work doing a meta-analysis of all the research on best practices in the field of gifted education. It is comprehensive and clear. Anyone seriously interested in delivering an appropriate education to gifted children should be familiar with this work.

For everyone – educators, parents, and lay people:

Giftedness 101 by Dr. Linda Silverman

There are a number of good books that are comprehensive in terms of the nature of gifted children, of program, and options, etc. This book stands out because it is so engaging and readable.  Dr. Silverman is a psychologist, and she starts with the historical identification and naming of giftedness by psychologists.


Mindset:  the New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck.

This work done by Stanford University professor Carol Dweck is based on her research into success, giftedness, work ethic, and what she calls “grit.”  Dr. Dweck urges us not to praise the product, but the success, to teach our children to strive.  The research she shares regarding this is simply fascinating.

For Educators, School Counselors, Psychologists and Parents:

Misdiagnosis and Duel Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults:
   ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders by Dr. James T. Webb

Dr. Webb, a psychologist, is the founder of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted).
In this book he looks not only at twice exceptional children, but also at those who have been misdiagnosed.