Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High School / Edition 2

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Challenge your gifted reader! Gifted children grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually from reading good books. This resource can help make that happen, by offering parents and teachers an annotated K-12 reading list with summaries of nearly 300 titles for bright students. Recommended books will both challenge and stimulate young minds. Cross-indexed by author, title, topic, and reading level, Halsted also includes questions for each book to promote discussion and understanding, in addition to the short book summaries.

Winner of the Pennsylvania School Library Association Top 40 Award.

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Editorial Reviews

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A number of great resources for locating quality children's literature.
Book Report
A great resource for teachers and librarians, but it's written for any adult who works with bright children...recommended.
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You will find this warm book to be a lovely resource.
This book is a rich resource to keep gifted kids excited about reading...Best of all is an annotated bibliography of nearly 300 books for High Ability Learner's from preschool through grade 12!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910707510
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: The Children
Chapter 1. The Heart of the Child: Emotional Development
Chapter 2. The Mind of the Child: Intellectual Development
Part II: The Process
Chapter 3. Reading Guidance
Chapter 4. Emotional Development through Books
Chapter 5: Intellectual Development through Books
Part III: The Books
Chapter 6. Choosing Books that Challenge
Chapter 7. All the Wealth: Children's Literature
Chapter 8. Annotated Bibliography
Subject Index
Index of Categories
Index of Authors
Index of Titles
About the Author
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Books for children are plentiful, and most bright children are good readers who find them easily. It may seem, then, that planning to use books is unnecessary--but surprisingly often, where there is no planning, even good readers are not introduced to the pleasures of leisure reading. Teachers struggling to meet basic requirements have little time to suggest and follow through with extra reading for brighter students. Parents may find it difficult to keep track of what their children are reading. Guiding children's reading appears to be one more unaffordable luxury in an increasingly busy world.

Yet books offer compelling advantages to parents and teachers who want to nurture the minds and hearts of highly able children. Excellent books are abundant, inexpensive, and are accessible sources of challenge and understanding. In fact, books should be the first choice of enrichment for these bright youngsters.

Merely providing books is not enough, however. A knowledge of gifted children, discussion techniques, and children's literature is necessary to make maximum use of the benefits books offer. By filling the gaps in their knowledge, parents, teachers, counselors, and librarians can bring gifted children and books together more effectively. In so doing, they can help gifted children be themselves--comfortable in their present world and poised to grow into happy, productive adults.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    The value of reading guidance such as reading aloud

    Now in a revised and updated second edition, Some Of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers From Preschool To High School by educator, librarian, counselor and parent Judith Wynn Halsted is a down-to-earth, imminently practical, thoroughly helpful guide for parents, teachers, librarians, counselors, tutors, and anyone else who works with young people excelling in literary skills and talents. Individual chapters address finding the right books that challenge and enrich a child's joy of reading the most; how books can stimulate emotional and intellectual development; the value of reading guidance such as reading aloud to young children; and much more. Enhanced with an annotated bibliography of almost three hundred books on promoting intellectual and emotional development in children preschool through twelfth grade, Some Of My Best Friends Are Books is highly recommended especially for those teachers, homeschooling parents, and other care givers who are dealing with boys and girls of above average intellect and scholastic promise.

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