Legacy Book Awards

The Legacy Book® Awards, a service from the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT), honor outstanding books published in the United States that have long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted individuals and contribute to the understanding, well-being, education and success of gifted and talented students.

2015 Legacy Book Award Submissions

Curricular Materials: Provides educators with supporting materials to use in the classroom. Resources include workbooks, lesson plans, manuals and classroom activities.

  • “Engaging Gifted Readers and Writers”; Published by: Pieces of Learning
  • “Engaging With History in the Classroom: The Civil Rights Movement”; Published by: Prufrock Press
  • “I’m Not Just Gifted: Social-Emotional Curriculum for Guiding Gifted Children”; Published by: Prufrock Press

Educator: Enhances an educator’s awareness and ability to work with G/T students by application of sound theory, practical strategies and/or proven methodology.

  • “Cheating, Dishonesty, and Manipulation: Why Bright Kids Do It”; Published by: Great Potential Press
  • “Cultivating Classroom Conversation: Strategies and Activities that Build Student Dialogue into Standards-Based Lessons”; Published by: Pieces of Learning
  • “Elementary Einsteins: 4 Simple Steps to Challenging Gifted Students in Your Classroom”; Published by: Outpost 13, LLC
  • “Proven Strategies That Work for Teaching Gifted and Advanced Learners”; Published by: Prufrock Press
  • “Strategies for Differentiating Instruction (3rd ed.)”; Published by: Prufrock Press
  • “When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers”; Published by: Free Spirit Publishing

Parent: Increases the understanding of the unique needs of G/T children and help ensure they are met, both at home and in the classroom.

  • “Creativity Crusade: Nurturing & Protecting Your Child’s Creativity”; Published by: RASPO Publishing
  • “Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling”; Published by: GHF Press
  • “From Public School to the Ivy League: How to Get into a Top School without Top Dollar Resources”; Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
  • “Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety”; Published by: Prufrock Press
  • “Smart Girls in the 21st Century: Understanding Talented Girls and Women”; Published by: Great Potential Press
  • “The Impulsive, Disorganized Child: Solutions for Parenting Kids With Executive Functioning Difficulties”; Published by: Prufrock Press

Scholar: Guides graduate students or advanced educators to understand and expand upon the latest research on giftedness and G/T education.

  • “Cases on Instructional Technology in Gifted and Talented Education”; Published by: IGI Global
  • “Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted (4th ed.)”; Published by: Prufrock Press
  • “Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings”; Published by: Prufrock Press

Past Nominees and Winners

Awardees are selected on the following basis:
The books are sent out for review to readers across the country. In-depth rubrics are returned to TAGT for tally and the highest ranking book in each category is selected.

The timeline, procedures and management of the Legacy Book® Awards may be adjusted at any time by TAGT. No changes made by TAGT during a competition year may unduly advantage or disadvantage any books that have already been nominated. The TAGT Board shall determine whether any proposed change is allowable and their decision will be final.

Note: In order to ensure that finalists reflect the best selection of publications, TAGT may opt not to give awards for a category in which there are insufficient nominees. Nomination fees will be reimbursed to any publisher nominating books in a category not deemed sufficiently competitive.

Criteria Considered in Selecting a Legacy Book®:

  • Has long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted children/youth.
  • Parent Books: Has potential for improving family lives of gifted children/youth.
  • Educator Books: Has potential for improving educator understanding of students with gifts and talents and/or improving educational practices on their behalf. (“Educator” is conceived broadly, including teachers, administrators, school counselors and others employed in the education system.)
  • Scholar Books: Is likely to increase theoretical understanding and/or promising practices addressing giftedness, gifted children, creative productivity and/or gifted education.
  • Curriculum Books: Supports educators in their goal to help gifted students meet their creative, intellectual and social potential.