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Gifted Role Models in Literature and Film

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Gifted Role Models in Literature and Film
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Written by: Lisa Conrad


Gifted kids derive many benefits from reading books and watching films with gifted characters. Positive gifted role models in books and movies show gifted kids they are not alone; that there are others like them. These role models can help kids to learn how to appropriately interact socially with age-peers and adults. How characters are portrayed is a powerful way of influencing the views of younger readers and film goers; and can positively impact their lives.

Today there are many places where one can find books and films with gifted characters for gifted students  and children. Websites and blogs have become rich resources for book lists for above-levelreaders.There are book publishers who specialize in books about and for gifted students and children.  Films with gifted characters can be chosen (subjectively) via movie data bases.

Current books recommended for gifted kids by our chat participants included Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, Surviving the Applewhites, A Wrinkle in Time, Chronicles of Narnia, Archibald Frisby, and Tuck Everlasting.  Other included Divergence, Hunger Games, Maze Runner, The View From Saturday, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The UnWanteds, Half Magic, Franny K. Stein, Percy Jackson, The Giver, Ender's Game, and Harriet the Spy.

Recent movies recommended by our chat participants for gifted kids included the Harry Potter series, Big Hero 6, The Imitation Game, How to Train Your Dragon, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Queen of Katwe, Little Man Tate, Searching for Bobby Fischer, October Sky, Apollo 13, August Rush, Kim Possible, and Inside Out. A transcript of this chat may be found at Storify. Click here for more information and suggestions.

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