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The Importance of Books and Reading for Gifted Children. Books are an ideal way to respond to characteristics and needs of gifted children. ---Halsted (2009). Janet L. Gore, M.A., M.Ed. Great Potential Press P.O. Box 5057 Scottsdale, AZ 85261 (602) 954-4200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Books are an ideal way to
respond to characteristics and
needs of gifted children.
Janet L. Gore, M.A., M.Ed.
Great Potential Press
P.O. Box 5057
Scottsdale, AZ 85261
Others have felt different and alone
Others have taken risks…
Others have been afraid…
Others are sensitive…
Others are searching for identity …
I am not the only one, then.
Characters in the book may be dealing with some of the same issues as the child
(Making friends, establishing an identity, feeling alone or different, intensity, perfectionism, making decisions)
Individual or group discussion can
lead to fresh insights that will
help the child cope with situations
in his or her own life.
(Halsted, 2009, p. 104)
literature appropriate to that age.
Not everything has to be serious.
Escape reading is fine if we recognize it for what it is
But lightweight reading will not bear the weight of the kind of discussion we propose here.
Avoid saying, “I want you to read this book because I think you have a problem ….”
Life as We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Not the “what happened” questions
hide their need to learn.
-- Halsted (2009), p.72
The Little Engine That Could
The Story of Ferdinand
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Learning that tomorrow
will be better is a step
toward maturity. Parents can talk about
their own bad days.
Because of Winn-Dixie
What guidelines for making friends are suggested in this story? Do you agree?
What would you change?
requires training and discipline
-- Halsted (2009) p.72
Hauser, Paula &Nelson, Gail. (1988) Books for the Gifted Child, Vol. 2. Bowker.
Silvey, Anita. Great Books for Teens.(2006)
disliked school and
Findings from Cradles
of Eminence (cont)
These children learned to think
and express themselves clearly
Cradles of Eminence: Childhoods of More Than 700 Famous Men and Women (Goertzel, Goertzel, Goertzel, and Hansen, 2003
E.g., get involved in computers, sports, video games
Or, resent being told what to read
not what they find in their basal readers
“If they don’t learn the difference between sentimental or sensational novels and good literature at this age, chances are slim they will develop into mature readers.”
Non-fiction helps with standardized tests; it builds skill with expository prose.
There is a wealth of non-fiction books
Students who spend more time reading—fiction as well as non-fiction—earn higher scores on college entrance exams.
Books have tremendous potential for
helping highly able children to
understand themselves and become
all that they can be.