The classic and essential guide to growing up gift

Written by Judy Galbraith, M.A.ed.


First published in 1984, this book has become the classic introduction to growing up gifted. This edition of the Survival Guide has been fully revised and updated for today’s bright, creative, gifted children. Based on surveys of 1,000 gifted kids, it speaks directly to all gifted kids in their language. This survival guide includes:


  • Tips on making friends and improving communication with teachers and family members
  • Advice on issues such as bullying, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, and drug use
  • Discussions of technology: blogs, social networks, instant messaging, video games, and podcasts
  • Information related to research on gifted education programs, brain development, IQ, creativity, giftedness and gender, twice-exceptionality, gifted underachievers, and emotional intelligence
  • More ways to boost brainpower in and out of school
  • Anecdotes and quotes from experts and gifted celebrities
  • Quizzes and the full gifted kids’ survey
  • Over 100 quotes from gifted kids on a variety of topics
  • Resource lists of books, websites, video games, and competitions
  • Gifted Children’s Bill of Rights from the National Association for Gifted Children
  • Fresh and contemporary two-color illustrations


Upbeat, informative, friendly, and compact, this is a must for young gifted children. At a time when many school gifted programs are scaling back, it’s more important than ever for kids to have this essential survival guide to growing up gifted.


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  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success 

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Praise for The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids

“If you are a gifted kid; a gifted kid’s mom or dad, teacher, or counselor; or if you even speak with a gifted kid occasionally—do yourself a big favor and read this book.”—Gifted Education Communicator

“While none of the advice or explanations are surprising for anyone who has been around gifted kids, the book has great value for the kids themselves.”—Amy S. HansenChildren’s Literature

“Not only will [this book] prove helpful for gifted students, but also for parents and teachers.”—Center for Children’s & Young Adult Books, Minnesota State University

“Being excluded from peers can be confusing, even for the brightest young minds. Now in a revised, updated, and expanded third edition, The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: For Ages 10 & Under is a guide for young gifted and talented children who may not think their talents are a gift. With much advice for young people about understanding their gifts and learning that being brainy is not a detriment, The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide is the perfect gift for the under-confident and over-skilled young reader.”—The Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Choice

“[A] well-organized, kid-friendly handbook that parents, educators, and anyone who works with children will also value.”—Youth Today

“This guide offers timeless content on all things gifted. The information and resources are current and helpful, and the artwork and graphics complement the text in a warm, inviting style. Gifted kids will just LOVE this book—and they shall learn from it, too.”—Jim Delisle, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired), Kent State University, and author of Dumbing Down America

“I recommend this book with enthusiasm to gifted kids across the country.”—Sally M. Reis, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Teaching Fellow, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut


ISBN: 978-1-57542-448-4
Reading Level: Grade 5
Interest Level: Ages 10 & under
Guided Reading Level: T
Lexile Measure: 990L
Illustrated: two-color, illust.
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 128

The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids


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