Gifted readers are those who, by nature of their advanced understanding of language, are reading at least 2 years in advance of their grade-level peers. Gifted readers, also termed talented readers, have characteristics and learning needs that differ from their peers. Educators and parents who understand the learning needs of gifted readers are better able to challenge them and further develop their talent. This entry provides an overview of the general characteristics of gifted readers, illustrates differences in their reading behaviors and strategy use from their non-gifted peers, and provides several recommendations for their instruction.


Gifted readers are those with decoding and comprehension skills 2 years or more in advance of their peers based on reading performance indicators. Gifted readers are often precocious readers in that ...

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