There was a really good thread over at Mothering.com regarding gifted children portrayed in books and television. I wanted to list them in here so that I might find the list when looking for books for the girls (we’ve started reading a few).
Anne Shirley – Anne of Green Gables and sequels by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Cam Jansen – Cam Jansen Mysteries by David A. Adler (eidetic memory)
Douglas and Tom Spaulding – Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Charles Wallace Murray – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Elizabeth – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Emma Woodhouse – Emma by Jane Austen
Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol
Fern (and Charlotte) from Charlotte’s Web by E.B White.
Frank and Joe Hardy from The Hardy Boys ghostwritten under the psuedonym Franklin W. Dixon.
The children of Ender’s Game and subsequent sequels by Orson Scott Card
Harriet M. Welsch – Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter by JK Rowling (but you can’t deny the gifts of the other major characters too).
Matilda – Matilda by Roald Dahl
Mary Russell – Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R King.
Millicent Min Millicent Min: Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
Nancy Drew from the Nancy Drew Series (ghostwriten under the pseudonym Caroline Keene)
The Penderwick sisters – The Penderwicks and The Penderwicks on Gardem Street
More Books featuring Gifted Children from Hoagies’ Gifted
Television/Film (some are more appropriate for older children, so parents, use descretion) –
The children from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
David Lightman – War Games
Ferris Bueller – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Fred Tate – Little Man Tate
Malcolm – Malcolm in the Middle
Mark Hunter from Pump Up the Volume (highly gifted and highly frustrated teenager)
Multiple characters from Dead Poet’s Society
Multiple characters from Real Genius
Doogie Howser – Doogie Howser MD.
Rodney Copperbottom – Robots (animated)
Rory – The Gilmore Girls
The Royal Tennebaum children – The Royal Tenenbaums.
Willow and Oz – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Will Hunting – Good Will Hunting
Other movies featuring Gifted Children (and Adults) from Hoagie’s Gifted.