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.
Legacy Books® are recognized in categories by target audience:
Provides educators with supporting materials to use in the classroom. Resources include workbooks, lesson plans, manuals and classroom activities.
Enhances an educator’s awareness and ability to work with G/T students by application of sound theory, practical strategies and/or proven methodology.
2012 Selection: Teaching Advanced Learners in the General Education Classroom: Doing More With Less! by Joan Smutny, published by Corwin Press.
Increases the understanding of the unique needs of G/T children and help ensure they are met, both at home and in the classroom.
2012 Selection: Ten Things NOT to Say to Your Gifted Child: One Family’s Perspective by Nancy N. Heilbronner, Jennifer Heilbronner Muñoz, Sarah Heilbronner, Joshua Heilbronner; published by Great Potential Press, Inc.
Guides graduate students or advanced educators to understand and expand upon the latest research on giftedness and G/T education.
2012 Selection: Handbook for Counselors Serving Students With Gifts and Talents: Development, Relationships, School Issues, and Counseling Needs/Interventions by Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D., Jennifer Riedl Cross, Ph.D.; published by Prufrock Press.
Awardees are selected on the following basis:
- Highest overall ranking across the three criteria for its category, as listed below.
- In the case of a tie, the criteria are prioritized with the book scoring highest on the priority criteria prevailing.
- In the case of another tie after prioritization, the TAGT Executive Director will select three new qualified readers to read and vote for the winning book.
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.