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Bibliotherapy Booklist for Elementary Students
Bibliotherapy can be implemented by classroom teachers to help students process difficult situations or changes in their lives; in fact, many teachers are using bibliotherapy techniques without knowing the term. The author offers a helpful booklist to help educators work with students on bullying, divorce, illness, anger, diversity, forgiveness, grief and other issues with which our students struggle.
|by Lisa Bundrick, LMSW
NYS Certified School Social Worker
Past contributor to the Gazette
May 1, 2009
Bibliotherapy refers to using written material to help individuals process difficult situations or changes in their lives. Bibliotherapy has roots back to the 1930s when librarians created lists of written material to assist individuals to cope with life’s situations. The assumption of bibliotherapy is that during reading, the individual will identify with the characters and their situations. It is hoped that this identification will enable the individual to develop insight, release emotions, explore methods of problem solving and develop coping skills (Abdullah, 2002; Davies, 2003).
Bibliotherapy can be used to address specific concerns or it can be used in a preventative way. However, bibliotherapy requires thoughtful planning and facilitation. The bibliotherapy process consists of identifying the individual’s needs and selecting a book, which the facilitator has reviewed. This book must describe the individual’s current problem or situation. The next step is the reading of the book.
When reading the book to the individual, the facilitator should pause in the reading process in order to discuss the content. The facilitator can also ask the individual to stop him/her when something in the book is comparable to something the individual has gone through. If the individual is reading the book on his/her own, after s/he is finished, the facilitator should have a discussion about the book’s content and comparable situations. Lastly, the facilitator should follow up with the individual regarding the book and lead a discussion through drawings, clay, role-plays, etc. (Abdullah, 2002; Davies, 2003).
Bibliotherapy and bibliocounseling is used by mental health professionals who are trained in the use of therapeutic interventions. However, classroom teachers often use “developmental bibliotherapy,” which, according to Abdullah (2002) “involves helping students in their normal health and development.” Bibliotherapy can be particularly useful when working with children to assist them in labeling, expressing, and validating their feelings and thoughts. In bibliotherapy, the end result consists of the individual having acceptance or a better understanding of their situation or problem, and if needed, inspiration to make changes (Abdullah, 2002; Davies, 2003).
School counseling staff and school librarians can provide a wealth of information on stories and books to be used in bibliotherapy. In order to facilitate the bibliotherapy process, I have developed and offer the following list of topics and books.
Caring, Compassion and Kindness:
Diversity and Tolerance:
Grief, Loss and Illness:
Honesty and Trustworthiness:
Preparing for Kindergarten:
Respect and Manners:
Stress and Worry:
Abdullah, Mardziah Hayati (2002). Bibliotherapy. December 2002, ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication Digest #177. Retrieved 9/1/08: www.indiana.edu/~reading/ieo/digests/d177.html
Davies, Leah (2003). Using Bibliotherapy with Children. Retrieved 3/30/09:
Michelfelder, Mary C. (No Date). Bibliotherapy. Lake Placid Elementary School. Lake Placid, NY.