Books for Gifted Children, their Parents, and Educators

When I really began to embrace the fact that I have a child with gifted, talented and advanced learning abilities, I began researching. I didn’t always understand or find exactly what I was looking for but over time I began to have a general understanding of gifted education. I know that many of you also are researching and I wanted to make it a bit easier for you by providing a list of books for gifted learning.  Below you will find 100 books organized by categories to help you as you parent, educate, or live the gifted life.

Books for Gifted Parenting

10 Things Not to Say to Your Gifted Child: One Family’s Perspective by  Nancy N. Heilbronner , Jennifer Heilbronner Munoz, Sarah Heilbronner

A Parents Guide to Gifted Children  by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, Arlene R. DeVries

Bringing Out the Best: A Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children by  Jacqulyn Saunders, Pamela Espeland

Exceptionally Gifted by Miraca U.M. Gross

Gifted, Raising Children Intentionally by Chris Davis

How Am I Smart, A Parents Guide to Multiple Intelligences by Kathy Koch

Living with Intensity by Susan Daniels (Editor), Michael M. Piechowski (Editor)

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children by Olenchak, Goerss, Beljan, Webb, Webb, & Amend

On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children by Tracy Cross

Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions by Pat Harvey and Jeanine Penzo

Parenting Gifted Children by Jennifer Jolly, Donald Treffinger, Tracy Inman , Joan Franklin Smutny

Parenting Gifted Kids by James Delisle

Parents’ Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All You Need to Know to Make the Right Decisions for Your Child by David Palmer

Raising a Gifted Child by Carol Fertig

Raising Your Gifted Child 101 by Cathy Wilson

Raising Gifted Kids: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Exceptional Child Thrive by Dr. Barbara Klein

Smart Parenting for Smart Kids by Eileen Kennedy-Moore

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Raising a Gifted Child by Sarah Robbins

The Seven Year Parenting: With A Gifted Child: True Experiences Sharing with Parents Raising Gifted Children by Vien Chan

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know? by Maureen Neihart, Sally Reis, Nancy Robinson, Sidney Moon

The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Kids: Understanding and Guiding Their Development by Tracy Cross

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids by Sally Yahnke Walker

The Joy and Challenge Parenting Gifted Children by SENG

You Know Your Child is Gifted When by Judy Galbraith

Your Gifted Child by  Joan Franklin Smutny

Books for Gifted Educators/Homeschool Parents

5 Disciplines Every Gifted Educator Must Master: A Story of Technology Integration and Servant Leadership by Brandi Maynard

5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options by Deborah Ruff

Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent’s Complete Guide by Barbara Jackson Gillman

Dumbing Down America by James Delisle

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students by Christine Fonseca

Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling: Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling by Wes Beach

Gifted and Talented Children in the Regular Classroom by E. Paul Torrance and Dorothy Sisk

Gifted Education Strategies for Every Child: Homeschool Secrets for Success by Lee Binz

Giftedness 101 by Linda Silverman

Guiding the Gifted; A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers by James Webb, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, &  Stephanie S. Tolan

Handbook for Counselors Serving Students With Gifts and Talents: Development, Relationships, School by Tracy Cross

Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers by Carol A. Strip and Gretchen Hirsch

How the Gifted Brain Learns  by David A. Sousa

Homeschooling a Gifted Child by Renee Elison

Homeschooling for the Smart, Energetic, and Easily Bored by Carolyn Woods

Homeschooling God’s Gifted Children by S. Faithe Thomas

Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners by Cindy West

Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Create by Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee

Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind by Deborah L. Ruff

Managing the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted: A Teacher’s Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith, & Connie Schmitz

Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child: Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling by Corrin Barsily Goodwin

Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Ages 4-9 by Marjorie Lisovskis, Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Yahnke Walker, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth

The Social and Emotional Characteristics of Gifted Students by NAGC, Tracy Missett, Cheryll Adams

The Unexpected Homeschooler by Diana Starr

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs by Judy Galbraith & James Delisle

Books for Gifted Twice Exceptional (2E)

101 School Success Tools for Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties by Sue Jeweler, Linda Barnes-Robinson, Betty Roffman Shevitz , and Marisa Stemple

Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism by Diane M. Kennedy, Rebecca S. Banks, & Temple Grandin

Different Minds: Gifted Children With Ad/Hd, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits by Deirdre V. Lovecky

If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional by Jen Merrill, & Sarah J. Wilson

Serving Twice Exceptional Gifted Learners  by  Gifted Education Communicator; Karen Daniels, & Margaret Gosfield

Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential by Rich Weinfeld, Sue Jeweler, Linda Barnes-Robinson, and Betty Roffman Shevitz

Successful Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Students  by Frances Karnes, Kristen Stephens, and Kevin Besnoy

Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students by Beverly Trail

Twice-Exceptional Kids: A Guide for Assisting Students Who Are Both Academically Gifted and Learning Disabled by Rosemary Callard-Szulgit

Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student by Kiesa Kay

Books for Gifted Children


101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Handbook by Christine Fonseca

Gifted by Beth Evangelista

If I’m So Smart Why Aren’t the Answers Easy? by Robert Schultz and James Delisle

Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Jones

More than Test Scores by Robert A. Schultz and James Delisle

Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity: How to Get More Out of Life and Learning by Lisa Rivero

The Gifted Kids Survival Guide for Ages 10 and Under by Judy Galbraith

The Gifted Kids Survival Guide II by James Delisle

The Gifted Kids Survival Guide, A Teen Handbook by Judy Galbraith, & James Delisle

The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything by Judy Galbraith, & James Delisle


Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (Be sure to look for the entire series)

Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobol

Jack the Puddle Jumper by Thomas Maddox

Oliver K. Brand…A Very Kind and Intelligent Little Boy by

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society) by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

The Mysterious Benedict Society Complete Collection by Trenton Lee Stewart

There Are Those by Janet Levy

Books for Gifted Learning

Language Arts

A Sentence a Day: Short, Playful Proofreading Exercises to Help Students Avoid Tripping Up When They Write by Samantha Prust

AbraVocabra: The Amazingly Sensible Approach to Teaching Vocabulary (AbraVocabra Series) by Randy Larson and Amy Rider

Active English: Learning Strategies That Will Have Your Students Asking, “Is That the Bell Already?” by Karla Hardaway

Captain Intro and the Conclusionator: Adventures in Writing by Cheryl Miller Thurston

Literature Activities Teens Actually Love by Beth Ahlgrim, Bill Fritz, Jeremy Gertzfield, and Lisa Lukens


Challenging Minds: Thinking Skills and Enrichment Activities grades 5-12 by Lynn Kelly

Lollipop Logic: Grades K-2, Book 1 by Bonnie Risby and Robert K. Risby II

Math Logic Mysteries Grades 5-8 by Marilyn Rapp Buxton

One Hour Mysteries Grades 4-8 by Mary Ann Carr

World’s Greatest Brain Bogglers, Grades 3-9 by Libby Lindsey


Beyond Base Ten: A Mathematics Unit for High-Ability Learners in Grades 3-6 (William & Mary Units) by Dana Johnson

Calculator Activities by Carrie S. Cutler

Challenge Math by Ed Zaccaro

Challenge Your Brain, Math and Logic Puzzles (Mensa) by David Tuller and Michael Rios

Math Problem Solvers: Using Word Problems to Enhance Mathematical Problem Solving by Colleen Kessler


Electricity and Magnetism by Colleen Kessler

Hands On Ecology by Colleen Kessler

Help Your Kids with Computer Coding by DK Publishing

Real-Life Science Mysteries by Colleen Kessler

Super Smart Science by Colleen Kessler

There you have it 100 books for gifted learners. Young Man and I have read or used many of these but we are just getting started so I can’t say that I’ve used them all. However all of them are from publishers I trust or are recommended by pillars in the gifted education community. I hope you find just what you need for gifted homeschooling success.

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