Helpful Websites

Hoagies Gifted

National Association for Gifted Children

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Talent Development Resources

Gifted Development Center

Illinois Association for Gifted Children

Helpful Books

Books for Counselors

Books for Adults

Books for Women and Girls

  • Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness (Smart Girls Two), by Barbara A. Kerr. Gifted Psychology Press (1997).
    From the publisher: Why do talented, gifted girls so often fail to realize their potential as they reach adolescence and adulthood? Kerr looks at the challenges gifted and talented girls face during adolescence and adulthood — and why so many never reach their potential.

  • Work Left Undone: Choices and Compromises of Talented Women, by Sally Morgan Reis. Creative Learning Press (1998).
    From the publisher: Dr. Reis exposes barriers to success (downplaying accomplishment, pursuing perfectionism, putting others’ needs first) and proposes solutions and suggestions for overcoming them. She lists specific ideas for girls, parents, and teachers, and resources that can help girls succeed.

  • See Jane Win, by Sylvia B. Rimm, Sara Rimm-Kaufman (Contributor), Ilonna Jane Rimm (Contributor). Three Rivers Press (reprint edition, 2000).
    From the publisher: Child psychologist Sylvia Rimm and her daughters, a research psychologist and a pediatric oncology researcher, surveyed more than a thousand successful women to uncover what elements of their childhood and adolescence contributed to their success — and how today’s parents can give their own daughters the same advantages. Here is informed advice on helping girls deal with middle-school grade decline, math anxiety, eating disorders, social insecurity, self-esteem and competition, the career-family balance, the glass ceiling, and more.

  • How Jane Won: 55 Successful Women Share How They Grew from Ordinary Girls to Extraordinary Women, by Sylvia B. Rimm, Sara Rimm-Kaufman (Contributor). Crown Pub. (2001).
    From the publisher: In this companion volume to “See Jane Win,” 50 women — some are familiar, others you’ve never heard of — tell their own stories of success in their own words. They give dozens of hard-earned life lessons with a common thread: the wisdom of nurturing a passion, paying attention to what brings you happiness, persevering, and appreciating that the path between points A and B is seldom a straight line.

Books for Boys

  • Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood, and the Search for Meaning, by Barbara A. Kerr, Sanford J. Cohn, James T. Webb (Contributor), Tom Andersen (Contributor). Great Potential Press Inc. ( 2001).
    From Booklist, American Library Association: Ideals of masculinity that stress physical agility over intelligence compel smart boys and men “to ignore the urgings of their intellect and creative selves in order to fulfill socially ordained masculine roles,” according to psychologists Kerr and Cohn. Kerr and Cohn cite research and case studies showing many gifted boys don’t live up to their potential and suffer social isolation. They examine how intelligence figures in images of American males and look at the developmental stages of gifted boys from infancy to manhood. They also offer guidance to parents on how to nurture gifted boys and overcome their particular challenges, including ambivalence about their gifts and concerns about masculinity. Parents and teachers dealing with particularly bright boys will find this book a useful and encouraging resource.

Books for Parents

  • Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers, by James T. Webb, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth and Stephanie S. Tolan (Contributor) . Gifted Psychology Press (1989).
    From the publisher: Gifted children have unique social and emotional concerns. Their characteristics, combined with current educational practices, often put them at risk. This award-winning book contains chapters on motivation, discipline, peer relationships, sibling relationships, stress management, depression, and many other issues that parents and teachers encounter daily with these children.

  • Welcome to the Ark, by Stephanie S. Tolan. Avon Books (2000).
    Tolan’s novel follows the progress of four gifted but troubled children who are placed in an institution. There, they’re chosen for the “Ark” project, which connects them via the worldwide computer network with kids like them. Together they develop a way for the warring human race to save itself.

  • Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Kevin Rathunde and Samuel Whalen. Cambridge University Press (2000).
    From the publisher: The findings in this book are the results of a monumental five-year study of a group of exceptionally talented teenagers, examining the role that personality traits, family interactions, education, and the social environment play in a young person’s motivation to develop his or her talent. The authors conclude that the experience of “flow” is essential to motivation. They define “flow” as an optimal state of consciousness that occurs when people are able to meet the challenges of their environment with appropriate skills, and accordingly feel a sense of well-being, a sense of mastery, and a heightened sense of self-esteem

  • 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, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak

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

Books for Educators