by Lacy Compton
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that today happens to be one of my favorite days of the year, Read Across America day. But, I know that all of you are busy teachers who might not have the time to celebrate RAA day with full-on Dr. Seuss garb like a few fabulous Pinterest boards would have us to believe. What I bet you do have the time to do, however, is click on these links with some resources for recommended reading on gifted kids and books to share with your students.
- First up, the ubiquitous Hoagies Reading List for gifted kids. I'll never tire of sharing this source--it's kept up-to-date and is virtually a one-stop shop for finding books to satisfy any reader.
- I also really like this list of Gifted Students' Favorite Books and Authors, compiled by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development based on feedback from their Young Scholars (always better when actual kids weigh in!).
- Suki Wessling's Book List for Young Gifted Readers contains many classic favorites.
- The Books portion of the List Challenges website is not only a great way to get new recommendations, but also a chance to spark a little friendly reading competition in the secondary classroom.
- And, with teens in mind, your avid readers might want to check out the books forum on the Nerdfighters' website, especially those obsessed with YA author John Green (that goes for all of you gifted teachers obsessed with John Green, too!). Don't forget Green's excellent YA novel featuring a child prodigy, An Abundance of Katherines, when you make your recommendations to your teen students.
- Speaking of you, teachers (and parents), you might be interested to check out this Amazon list from Prufrock author Christine Fonseca, sharing some of her favorite resources about gifted kids.
And, since it is Read Across America day, and since being in the publishing business means we have to be readers ourselves, here's what the Prufrock staff is currently reading: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool, Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr., The Dog of the South by Charles Portis, Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton: A Biography by Edward Rice, the Sherlock Holmes stories, and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.