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Summer Reading for Gifted Kids & Adults

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The good ol’ summertime … traditionally a time to relax and oftentimes – read. The benefits of summer reading are numerous. For gifted kids, summer reading  can be a way to relax; time to explore their passions. It is a good time for these kids to assess what it means to be gifted and how to deal with associated feelings. It can also be a time to read the Classics which may not be covered during the school year. Summer reading for gifted adults can be a time to catch up on reading wish lists; a pastime during vacations.

Finding age-appropriate books for gifted readers is always a challenge. Asynchronous development can make it difficult when reading levels far surpass maturity levels. Check out the links below to make the task easier!

There are many great publishers who specialize on gifted issues. We’ve included links to many of them below.

A transcript of this chat can be found at Storify.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Tuesdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Wednesdays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered        by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


What America’s Most Prestigious Private Schools are Making Students Read this Summer 

The 3 Books Stanford is Asking Incoming Freshmen to Read over the Summer

TAGT Legacy Book Awards

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: “Happy Camper Take a Reading Adventure”

Collaborative Summer Library Program – 2017 Children’s Program: “Build a Better World”

Barnes & Noble: Summer Reading

Encouraging Summer Reading Free Printables

Summer Reading Challenge: Read in 100 Places

Oregon State University: 2017 Summer Reading Programs for Children & Adults

Association for Library Service to Children: 2017 Summer Reading Lists (Birth – 8) 

Rutgers University: 2017 Summer Reading Programs for Children & Adults

Carrollton, TX: Summer Reading Program 2017

iREAD by Design

Mensa for Kids: Excellence in Reading

Midway ISD: Book List for Elementary Gifted Students (pdf)

The Grayson School: Summer Reading for Gifted Readers

Davidson Institute: Reading Lists

Why Gifted Students Should Start Summer Clubs

Supporting Gifted Children through Bibliotherapy

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School: Upper School Summer Reading 2017 – 2018 (pdf)

Teacher’s Corner: Summer is Coming

Summer Reading: Book Edition for Adults

Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing “Never Good Enough”

Book Lists for Gifted Learners

Locating Age-Appropriate Books for High Ability Learners

Finding Age-Appropriate Books for Gifted Readers

The Gifted Reader’s Bill of Rights (pdf)

Summer Learning Options Inspiration for Learning All Summer Long!

Hoagies’ Gifted: Reading Lists for Your Gifted Child

Cybraryman’s Summer Reading

Sync: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens 13+

12 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls

Philosophy for Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder about Everything! (Amazon)

The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind the Lord of the Rings (Amazon)

If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional (Amazon)


Great Potential Press

Prufrock Press

Royal Fireworks Press

Free Spirit Publishing 

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Press

Tumblehome Learning

Photo courtesy of Pixabay  CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

Creative Passion and Gifted Adults

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Creative Passion and Gifted Adults proved to be a fascinating discussion about how creative passion is fostered and developed. The role of intensities in gifted adults was explored. A full transcript may be found here.

As promised during chat, please find all the links presented during chat and additional links as well. Below, also, find a reading list pertaining to creativity.


Creative Passion and Gifted Adults: Prodded by Our Angelic and Demonic Muse” by Douglas Eby

Joanna Penn: “Eliminate What Keeps You from Being Productive

Books to Fuel Your Creative Mind

Can Anyone Be Creative? How? What next?” by James C. Kaufman at The Creativity Post

Do Impostor Feelings Dampen Your Creativity?” by Douglas Eby

Do Artists Have Unique Brains?” at The Creative Mind

Mistakes Fuel Creativity and Innovation” at The Creative Mind

Do You Feel a Calling to be Creative?” at The Creative Mind

Positive Obsessions to be Creative” at Developing Multiple Talents

Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse or Hard Work?” at Talent Development Resources

Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life” by Douglas Eby at Psych Central

Developing Creativity (portal)

How Technology Enhances Creativity” by Greg Satell

The Creative Adult is the Child Who Has Survived” by Rita J. King

Self Care and Being Creative” by Douglas Eby for Psych Central

Brain Differences and Creativity” at Talent Development Resources

What Keeps You Away from Creative Work?” at The Creative Mind

Developing Creativity: Fear is Not a Disease

How to Create More Confidently

Curiosity and Creativity” by Douglas Eby at Psych Central

On Giftedness and Creativity” from Leslie Links

10 Ways to Boost Creativity” by Steve Tobak at CBS Moneywatch

Cybraryman’s Creativity Page

The Creativity Post from Co-founders Milena Fisher, Scott Kaufman, Elliot S Paul

The Dangers of Creativity Advocates” by James C. Kaufman

Is Creativity Declining Among Young Americans? Visual Art & Writing Examined by Catherine Griffin

Using Design Process (why & how) for Problem Solving & Education” from Craig Rusbult, Ph.D.

Tres Columnae – Building a Joyful Learning Community: Stories from Justin Schwamm

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page: Creatively Gifted 

Cybraryman’s Passion Based Learning Page

The Gifted Guru


Philosophy of Creativity

The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays (Amazon) from Scott Barry Kaufman

Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive & the Creative (Amazon) by Eric Maisel

Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art (Amazon – Kindle) by Jenny Doh

The Myths of Creativity: The Truth about How Innovative Companies & People Generate Great Ideas (Amazon) by David Burkus

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Amazon) by Ken Robinson

Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People (Amazon) by  Robert S. Root-Bernstein and Michele M. Root-Berstein

My Teeming Brain: Creativity in Creative Writers (Amazon) by Jane Piirto

The Psychology of Creative Writing (Amazon – Kindle) from Scott Barry Kaufman & James C. Kaufman

Understanding Creativity (Amazon) by Jane Piirto

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Amazon)

Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions (Amazon)

Developing Multiple Talents: The Personal Side of Creative Expression (Amazon – Kindle) by @DouglasEby

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*Image Courtesy: MorgueFile

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