Notes on Books

July 22, 2011

You can use picture books with any audience.
They have many layers.

Books/Authors mentioned that have had an impact on workshop members:
Ramona- By Beverly Cleary
SkippyJon Jones- Judith Byron Schachner
Elijah of Buxton- and other books by Christopher Paul Curtis- intermediate books
Unlocked- Karen Kingsbury- About Autism
Chrysanthemum- Kevin Henkes

Criteria for a good book:
  • Vivid scenes
  • Good words
  • Good pacing
  • Age appropriate
  • Relate to the story
  • Relates to real life situations
  • Emotions

Books for gifted students:
  • Complex humor
  • Reading level appropriate
  • Problem solving
  • Characters they can relate to

  • Content appropriate for grade level
  • Appropriate reading level- vocabulary and challenging sentence structure
  • At least one main character who is gifted or relating to giftedness

Bibliotherapy- Helping through books:
UNLV Bibliotherapy Book Search
Topics with book suggestions
History of Bibliotherapy

Identification- relate to problem
Catharsis- feel characters pain
Insight- understand
Application- know what to do

True to Form- By: Elizabeth Berg-Main character having trouble making friends, younger than other classmates

Mysterious Benedict Society- By: Trenton Lee Stewart- Boy and 3 others respond to ad looking for gifted students. It has mystery, action, and puzzles. The reader can follow along and solve the puzzles. Sequal called The Perilous Journey. Could be used with lower elementary advanced readers or upper elementary

Someday Angeline- Louis Sachar- Angeline is above level, father doesn't know what to do with her, teacher picks on her, so she acts out, makes a friend and throughout the book helps her to connect with another teacher. Shows experience of being different and why it is important to talk about it.
Millicent Min, Girl Genius- Taking college classes for fun, meets a girl to be friends with, college girl manipulates her to do her work. She makes a friend at volleyball camp, but doesn't want to tell her about her giftedness. Look inside the mind of a highly gifted child.
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place- By E.L. Kongisburg- Gifted girl's summer with her older uncles, saving a clocktower. About her internal motivation to do things.
Savvy- Ingrid Law- Each person in the family has a different power
The Radioactive Boy Scout- By Ken Silverstein- For adults. Boy who built nuclear reactor in backyard. Lessons about making appropriate choices.
Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good: By: Miriam Adderholdt- written around 3rd grade reading level. Self-help type book.
Nobody's Perfect- By: Ellen Flanagan Burns- more of a children's book
Oh No!- How My Science Project Destroyed the World- By Mac Barnett- graphic novel style- combines GT and technology
Deliver Us From Normal-By: Kate Klise- Good for children who come from limited backgrounds
No More Dead Dogs- Gordan Korman
The Dreamer- By: Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis
the curious incident of the dog in the night time- By: Mark Haddon- ADULT book- about a child with Asbergers
The London Eye Mystery- Siobhan Dowd
Weslandia- By Paul Fleischman
Wimberly Worried- Kevin Henkes- Anxiety and worries
Owen- Kevin Henkes- Emotional attachments

Books and the Keys of Giftedness:
  • Asychronous Development (ex. If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi, Matilda)
  • Degree of giftedness (Ex. Frederick)
  • Intrinsic Motivation (ex. Olivia)
  • Introversion (ex. A Bad Case of the Stripes)

Books and Overexcitibilities:
  • Intellectual (If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi?)
  • Imaginational (ex. Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon, Olivia)
  • Emotional (Ex:A Bad Case of the Stripes)
  • Psychomotor (Ex.Olivia)
  • Sensual (ex. Frederick)

Venn Diagrams, Problem Comparison, Character Trait Maps

The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide- for 10 and Under- Judy Galbraith M.A.
The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide- A Teen Handbook- Judy Galbraith M.A. and PH.D. Jim Delisle
Smart Talk- Ph.D. Robert A. Schultz and Ph.D. Jim Delisle
More Than a Test Score- Ph.D. Robert A. Schultz and Ph.D. Jim Delisle
Caution- Don't overdo a book, or you can kill it. You can't do every activity with a book.

Bibliotherapy and Gifted- Unwrapping the Gifted

Some of my Best Friends are Books- Judith Wynn Halstead- Good Resource for Gifted Books