The PALNYC Reading List for Parents




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An evolving list of recommended books for parents and other great resources from PALNYC!

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Creating Innovators-The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
Your Child’s Strengths, by Jenifer Fox
Outliers, The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Nurture Shock, by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

Social-Emotional Curriculum with Gifted and Talented Students, VanTassel-Baska, Cross, Olenchak

Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education Plucker, Callahan
Education of the Gifted and Talented Davis, Rimm, Siegle

Genius Denied, by Jan & Bob Davidson
Empowering Gifted Minds: Educational Advocacy That Works by Barbara Gilman

Reforming Gifted Education by Karen Rogers

Best Practices in Gifted Education: An Evidence-Based Guide by Anne Robinson Ph.D, Bruce Shore Ph.D. and Donna Enersen Ph.D, provides concise, up-to-date, research-based advice to educators, administrators, and parents of gifted and talented youth. The 29 practices included in this volume are the result of an extensive examination of educational research on what works with talented youth. This book is a service publication of the National Association for Gifted Children (Washington, DC). This designation indicates that this book has been jointly developed with NAGC and that this book passes the highest standards of scholarship, research, and practice.

Re-Forming Gifted Education: How Parents and Teachers Can Match the Program to the Child by Karen B. Rogers

A one-size-fits-all approach to education often doesn’t work, particularly with gifted children, who differ greatly in both ability levels and learning styles. Schools seldom have all of the information or resources they need to provide appropriate educational programs for children who are gifted, and parents often need to negotiate for an education plan—even if the child is already in a gifted program, since many of these programs fall short. Dr. Rogers guides parents through the process of making that happen and describes several recommended models for acceleration and enrichment. She also explains educational options and their benefits for different types of children so that you can match the right program to your child.

Because Dr. Rogers recommends that parents gather as much information as possible about their gifted child before going to the school to request services, she has also created the Gifted Education Planner, which uses questionnaires taken directly from this book. The Planner makes it easy for parents to help determine their child’s strengths, weaker areas, interests, and preferred learning styles. Armed with this information, parents can then meet with school staff to request and secure an appropriate educational plan for their child.

Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults by Susan Daniels and Michael M. Piechowski

Gifted children and adults are often misunderstood. Their excitement is viewed as excessive, their high energy as hyperactivity, their persistence as nagging, their imagination as not paying attention, their passion as being disruptive, their strong emotions and sensitivity as immaturity, and their creativity and self-directedness as oppositional.

This resource describes these overexcitabilities, as well as strategies for dealing with children and adults who experience them. It also provides essential information on Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration. Learn practical methods for nurturing sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, and much more.

Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High School by Judith Wynn Halsted

The Gifted Kids Survival Guide (For Ages 10 and Under) by Judy Galbraith

Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook by Carol Fertig
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children
 by Webb, Gore, Amend & DeVries

Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers   by Webb, Meckstroth, Tolan

Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children And Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, And Other Disorders   by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak, and Sharon Lind

Best Practices in Gifted Education, Robinson, Shore, Enerson

Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky

Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina

How to Parent so Children Will Learn by Dr. Sylvia Rimm

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Please share your recommendations on our Resources for Parents & Resources for Kids links.


Parenting for High Potential, publication/NAGC
Gifted Child Today, publication Prufrock Press
Gifted Child Quarterly, publication/NAGC
Understanding Our Gifted,
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, journal from the CEC
Imagine, publication/ Johns Hopkins-

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