Choosing Books for Gifted Kids...
are to be tasted
Others to be swallowed
And some few to be chewed and digested"
Francis Bacon, Essays, 50 ‘of Studies’, 1625
Choose books that are well written, clearly printed and include artwork that is both pleasing to the eye and relevant to the story.
Picture books for gifted kids should have:
➢Vibrant, original illustrations that enhance rather than accompany the text
➢Illustrations that are so fascinating that they can be looked at repeatedly to find more detail, private jokes and humour
➢New and fascinating words that are satisfying to the tongue
➢Characters who display real emotions, feelings and relationships that the child can recognise
➢Plots that are not completely predictable
More than a picture book
“And when he came to the place where the wild things are
they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth
and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws
till Max said “BE STILL!”
and tamed them with the magic trick
of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once
and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all
and made him king of all wild things.”
Gifted children with emotional & intellectual OEs usually have an ability:
➢to empathise that allows them to identify with the characters
➢to understand metaphor
➢to become absorbed in the story with a meta-understanding of the issue
As a parent ask yourself if the book:
➢Promotes discussion between you and your child
➢Enables your child to make a connection with her own life
➢Validates your child’s feelings and responses to the issue at hand
Bettelheim & Zelan, 1982
“What is required for a child to be eager to learn to read is not knowledge about reading’s practical usefulness, but a fervent belief that being able to read will open to him a world of wonderful experiences, permit him to shed his ignorance, understand the world, and become the master of his fate.”
Gift ideas: a few to start with....
There are some gorgeous picture books available that will appeal to all ages.
Lauren Child's latest : Who Wants to be a Poodle? I don't. - is just one of the more tempting and is especially good about being different.
Take a look at Lynley Dodds next Hairy McClarey book and follow the friends on their latest rampage.
Jackie French's Baby Wombat book is the perfect combination of humour, curiosity and message.
Return to Maurice Sendak for another look at Where the Wild Things Are before you see the movie. The book runs riot with analogy. Max ends up safe and his imagination has flourished.
Roland Harvey continues to produce visual feasts that take us through amazing parts of Australia. This time he is exploring the Northern Territory and his child's-eye view entices and enchants.
Alice-Miranda At School
Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith Kennington-Jones is seven and a half years old, and very mature for her age. She leaves the school she loves (but is rather bored by) and acquires entry to the prestigious and exclusive Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale For Proper Young Ladies. Alice-Miranda is quickly enveloped into the strange and competitive world of the Private School. She must handle; grumpy cooks in need of a holiday, depressed gardeners, tantrum-throwers, bossy, spoiled brats and worst of all, a mean and elusive principal who no one has seen in ten years. Alice-Miranda must prove she is capable enough to stay at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale by completing three impossible tasks, the penalty for failure? Instant expulsion.
Alice-Miranda at School is a delightful read with cute, opening-chapter pictures, that is well-worth the time for person under the age of 11, a bedtime story, or a light read for anyone who is a child at heart. 8/10.
Alice-Miranda At School
Genre- Children fiction
First in the series, other books titled:
Alice-Miranda on Holiday
Alice-Miranda takes the lead