I think the first step is admitting my problem. Unfortunately, this problem has spanned my entire life. I cannot seem to stop and it is getting much worse…
I LOVE books- new, old, hand-me-downs, used, big or small. It doesn’t matter to me. The worst part is that most of the time I never read the same book twice. And since Amazon sells used books, I spend time scanning through the used books and sometimes they are just a penny! Course I have to pay for shipping but somehow I justify that the book itself cost me a penny.
Well, the other day I went to a thrift store in town to see what books they have for children and it was like a big bookshelf of treasure! I got 23 books that were all award winning and some of my favorites (see picture for some of my finds)!! The best part was they were only 50 cents a book. Luckily the store is 20 minutes away so I haven’t been able to get back over there.
This is another fantastic present for academically gifted readers. Many do not care if the books are new or old. They just love books.
Not sure if I want to share my secret thrift store location with anyone…
I am often asked by parents of academically gifted students how to find quality literature for gifted readers. Many times the content and issues surrounding characters in higher level books are not appropriate for the age of the gifted reader. For example, a third grader reading on an eighth grade level does not need to read about love relationships that might be addressed in young adult literature.
Here are a few reading lists for gifted readers:
I like this list because it also gives recommended grade levels: http://www.bertiekingore.com/gtchildreninlit.htm
Great classics: http://als.lib.wi.us/MRList.html
Feel free to comment on any of your child’s favorite books. I love getting feedback about good books that academically gifted children enjoy.