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The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids

For Ages 10 & Under
(Revised & Updated 3rd Edition)


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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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

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. Hansen, Children’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

“Where do you turn when no one knows the answers to your most secret and baffling questions about being gifted? The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: For Ages 10 & Under by Judy Galbraith has the answers in words that make sense.”—Barbara Clark, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles, and author of Growing Up Gifted

“Excellent and clearly written. This book will help gifted children understand themselves and how to relate to others. I highly recommend it.”—James T. Webb, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and lead author of A Parents Guide to Gifted Children

“This updated classic is sorely needed to help gifted kids survive and thrive. Its visually appealing format invites kids and parents to read and discuss the book together to promote beneficial communication and understanding of being gifted in a NCLB world. Rather than propose didactic answers, the thoughtful approach encourages kids to ponder their capabilities and concerns and develop personal responses.”—Bertie Kingore, Ph.D., international gifted education consultant and author

“Judy Galbraith has updated one of the best, most enduring sources of information and support for gifted and talented kids that I know of, which is why I recommend it whenever I speak about gifted kids’ lives. This book is absolutely essential reading for all gifted kids and their families.”—Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D., psychologist and author of What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough

“Children will read and reread this satisfying and supportive book, for they live the pages.”—Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAG)

NOTE: The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids was previously published as The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide.

  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.1, MS.2, MS.3, MS.4, MS.5, MS.6
    BS.LS.1, BS.LS.2, BS.LS.3, BS.LS.4, BS.LS.5, BS.LS.6, BS.LS.7, BS.LS.8, BS.LS.9, BS.LS.10
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.3, BS.SMS.4, BS.SMS.5, BS.SMS.6, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.8, BS.SMS.9, BS.SMS.10
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.6, BS.SS.7, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

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Bright Complex Kids PLC / Book Study Guide
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Start Seeing and Serving Underserved Gifted Students
Teaching Gifted Kids 2018
Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners
Learn how Casey finds a way to make being bored in class a thing of the past.

User Reviews

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June 14, 2021 / Angie Scaffe
A great resource

I love The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids by Judy Galbraith, M.A. We just ordered some this year and I plan on using them with my students to explain what being gifted means. The book is a great resource for parents, students, and teachers!

June 24, 2019 / Dawn Schechtman
Highly recommended

I frequently use “Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom” and “The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids.” They are both very helpful for ideas and discussions. I highly recommend them!!

June 24, 2019 / Jennifer Ahmed-Morton
A Gem

The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids first helped me understand my son. Then it became one of his favorite resources. Now the book has become a gem in my classroom.


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