Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners is the latest addition to our collection of gifted books. Don't miss this one; Joy Davis is both knowledgable and reassuring. Her book is well researched, thorough, covers a wide range of topics, and offers practical suggestions as well as advice on many aspects of giftedness. Perhaps the best part of this book is how refreshingly straightforward it is about so many difficult issues. There is no tiptoeing around the challenges facing families of children who are gifted, nor the additional and potentially complicating factors of twice exceptionality (gifted AND learning differences) or what one might call "thrice exceptionality": being gifted while Black. This is not the kind of book that encourages you to long, thoughtful navel-gazing, but rather a matter of fact discussion of real life. It's a useful resource on giftedness for parents, teachers, administrators, relatives, and friends. If you're Black, you'll find specialized suggestions. If you're not, you won't feel put off or left out. Most importantly, unless you live in a world that is sparkly white and never touches on the lives of anyone who is not Caucasian (say, another planet), you should read this book.
Giftedness 101, by Linda Silverman, dispels common myths about giftedness, challenges the view that eminence is the true signifier of giftedness, provides support for the twice exceptional, offers specific guidelines to parents and teachers, describes comprehensive assessment of the gifted, and focuses on the complex inner world of the gifted. In Giftedness 101, giftedness is defined as a psychological reality with powerful ramifications throughout the lifespan. Included are 37 pages of references to support the view that giftedness is a different way of experiencing. A much-needed book on the psychology, rather than the eminence, of giftedness.
Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children And Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, And Other Disorders, by James T. Webb, et al. Click on the link for reviews of this book on Amazon. Raising a gifted child is sometimes said to be like peeling an onion: every time you think you have something figured out, you discover there's another layer underneath. This book will help you to understand which of your child's challenges are "normal" for gifted children and which might require professional intervention. The social-emotional coverage and breakdown of behavioral characteristics also provides a nice substitute for the parenting-the-gifted manual that nobody has yet written.
Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child,by the “mythical” and illustrious Columbus Group, is an exploration of the effects of asynchronous development on gifted individuals. Chapters describe the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing with the challenges of asynchrony, and recommendations for adapting education in a variety of settings. Off the Charts! is an excellent book for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to profoundly gifted individuals.
Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook, by Carol Fertig. This book is exactly what it promises to be: a good overview on raising and educating your gifted child. While there's not a lot of depth, there is a huge amount of breadth. Ms. Fertig does a terrific job of including a little of everything for everyone.