Books for Gifted Children With Gifted Characters and Themes

It is good for children to be able to relate to the characters in the books they read. This is as true for gifted children as it is for any other children. Here are some books that have characters and themes that gifted children can relate to. They range from books for early readers to young adults.


This book is an easy reader that is sure to appeal to all gifted children, but particularly those who prefer to read a book during recess rather than play basketball. Archibald is a young gifted child whose idea of fun is to read and learn about science. His mother, however, worries about him and sends him to camp to have "real" fun. His fellow campers and his mother learn that science is fun. It's never too early for gifted children to see kids like them represented in books.


The Great Brain, otherwise known as Tom Dennis, otherwise known as T.D., is a gifted boy rather reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, although probably a bit more of a young amateur con-artist than Tom was. T.D. is always scheming, trying to find new ways of getting money from people. However, he is more than just a budding con-artist; he uses his intelligence to help his friends (and some adults) solve their problems and face their fears. Although he loves money, he loves people more. The books in this series are both humorous and exciting.


Does anyone not know about Harry Potter? For those unfamiliar with the series, Harry Potter is an orphaned who lives with his rather cruel aunt and uncle. He is also a wizard, but doesn't know it until he turns eleven, at which time he receives a notice of acceptance letter to Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry then enters the world of magic, finds new friends and battles evil in the form of Lord Voldemort, the wizard who killed his parents and made him an orphan. The books grow darker as the series progresses, but they never completely leave behind the whimsy and humor of the first books. Giftedness is reflected in both the characters and the themes of the books.


Matilda is a young gifted girl with rather selfish parents who don't seem to care much about her and who certainly don't understand her. Matilda's parents put her in a horrible school run by a horrible headmistress, but where she finds understanding and acceptance in one of the teachers in the school. Like Roald Dahl's other books, such as James and the Giant Peach, the story has a happy resolution for the main character, in this case, Matilda.


This book is one of the all-time favorites of gifted children. And it's small wonder since it has a little bit of everything -- time/space travel, a unique family, and the lesson that friendship and love are greater forces than those trying to destroy them. On the surface it is a coming of age story of a young girl, Meg, but it is also full of action.