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Cover Story by Matt Levinson
Schools and Facebook: Moving Too Fast,
or Not Fast Enough?
Schools can draw a line in the sand, with zero tolerance rules written into school handbooks, or they can shift with the changing sands of social networking and utilize social networking and Facebook to enhance teaching and learning.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Teachers Are the Greatest Assets
On the first day of school, the teacher across the hall commented to me that my students are "always so good!" It's not the students; it's the procedures that have proven to work. The First Days of School helps me to manage my class, so that I can be an effective teacher.

»Comedy Highlights from Room K-1! Sue Gruber
»What Will Your Students Remember? Leah Davies
»My Mrs. Krikorian Todd R. Nelson
»Discipline Is a Liberating Word Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
»Help! Too Much Talk! Not Enough Work! Barbara Pressman
»Mayan Sites and Paris Easy on the Purse Josette Bonafino
»The Little Things that Count in Our Schools: Doing Something Different, Simple and Powerful Cheryl Sigmon
»Teacher Morale Matters Dorothy Rich
»Team Management - It’s in the Cards Rick Morris
»Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century Hal Portner

»The Document Camera: A Better Way to Present! Joe Frisk
»Need a Teaching Job? Here’s Where to Find One Alan Haskvitz
»Make Twitter an Ally in the Classroom! Alan Haskvitz
»Teaching Is... Bill Page
»Celebrating True Heroes Graysen Walles
»Digital Pens & Touch-Screens Tim Newlin
»12 Ways to Improve and Enhance Your Paraprofessional- Teacher Experience Susan Fitzell
»May 2009 Writing Prompts James Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VII Hank Kellner
»How to Increase the Number of Physics and Chemistry Majors Stewart E. Brekke
»Bibliotherapy Booklist for Elementary Students Lisa Bundrick
»8 Ways to Make Math Magical at School Steve Sherman
»5 Brainteasers Steve Sherman
»What Will You Do For Shy Kids? Marjie Braun Knudsen

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Photo Tour: 3rd Grade Classroom
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Carol Goodrow's Kids Running Printables
»Dolch word activities, end of first grade test, first grade memory book, map and geography lessons for all levels, IEP progress, and graduation ceremonies songs
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Lisa Bundrick

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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.


  • Arnie and the New Kid, Nancy Carlson
  • Arthur's Tooth, Marc Brown
  • The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Big Orange Splot, D. Manus Pinkwater
  • The Brand New Kid, Katherine Couric and Marjorie Priceman


  • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell


  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst
  • Arnold Gets Angry, Lawrence E. Shapiro and Steve Harpster
  • Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum, Deborah Blumenthal and Harvey Stevenson
  • Don’t Rant and Rave on Wednesdays, Adolph Moser and David Melton
  • Franklin’s Bad Day, Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
  • From Mad to Worse, Jim Boulden, Joann Farness, and Brenda Brown
  • Hands Are Not For Hitting, Martine Agassi Ph.D. and Marieka Heinlen
  • Mean Soup, Betsy Everitt
  • Sometimes I’m Bombaloo, Rachel Vail and Yumi Heo
  • Terry’s Temper, Timothy G. Ludwig
  • Teeth Are Not for Biting, Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
  • The Berenstain Bears Get In A Fight, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • When I Feel Angry, Cornelia Maude Spelman and Nancy Cote
  • When Sophie Gets Angry, Molly Bang


  • It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel, Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
  • No, David!, David Shannon
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmes, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain


  • Ant Bully, John Nickle
  • Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet, Catherine Depino, Bonnie Matthews, and Charles Beyl
  • Chester’s Way, Kevin Henkes
  • Crickwing, Janell Cannon
  • King of the Playground, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Nola Langner Malone
  • My Bully Secret, Trudy Ludwig and Abigail Marble
  • Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, Patty Lovell and David Catrow
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bully, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Recess Queen, Alexis O'neill and Laura Huliska-Beith

Caring, Compassion and Kindness:

  • Under the Lemon Moon, Edith Hope Fine and Rene King Moreno
  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Leo Lionni
  • Crazy Hair Day, Barney Saltzberg
  • Horton Hears a Who!, Dr. Seuss
  • The Goodness Gorilla, Lisa McCourt and Pat Grant Porter
  • The Paper Crane, Molly Bang
  • Tico and the Golden Wings, Leo Lionni

  • A Chair for My Mother, Vera B. Williams
  • Anansi the Spider: A Tale from Ashanti, Gerald McDermott
  • Big Pumpkin, Erica Silverman and S.D. Schindler
  • Elephant on My Roof, Erin Harris
  • Enormous Potato, Aubrey Davis and Dusan Petricic
  • Swimmy, Leo Lionni
  • The Enormous Turnip, Katie Daynes, Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, and Georgien Overwater
  • The Little Red Hen, Carol Ottolenghi

Diversity and Tolerance:

  • A Rainbow of Friends, P. K. Hallinan
  • Colors of Us, Karen Katz
  • Different Just Like Me, Loir Mitchell
  • Franklin’s New Friend, Paulette Bourgeois & Brenda Clark
  • People, Peter Spier

  • We’re Different, We’re the Same, Bobbi Kates and Joe Mathieu


  • Dinosaurs Divorce, Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown
  • Ginny Morris and Mom’s House, Dad’s House, Mary Collins Gallagher and Whitney Martin
  • Two Homes, Claire Masurel and Kady Macdonald Denton
  • Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story For Little Kids About Divorce, Sandra Levins and Bryan Langdo


  • Cactus Soup, Eric A. Kimmel and Phil Huling
  • Me First, Helen Lester and Lynn M. Munsinger


  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster, Anne Miranda and Ed Emberley
  • How Are You Peeling?, Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
  • It's a Shame About the Rain: The Bright Side of Disappointment, Barbara Shook Hazen and Bernadette Simmons
  • My Many Colored Days, Dr. Seuss
  • Sometimes I Feel Like A Mouse, Jeanne Modessitt
  • The Blue Ribbon Day, Katie Couric and Marjorie Priceman
  • The Way I Feel, Janan Cain
  • Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day, Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell


  • Rising Above the Storm Clouds: What It's Like to Forgive, Robert D. Enright and Kathryn Kunz


  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Leo Lionni
  • Arthur's Birthday, Marc Brown
  • Enemy Pie, Derek Munson and Tara Calahan King
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends, Arnold Lobel
  • How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them, Laurie Krasny Brown, Marc Brown
  • How To Lose All Your Friends, Nancy Carlson
  • Max's Bunny Business, Rosemary Wells
  • Mr. Peabody’s Apples, Madonna
  • Sharing Friends, Maribeth Bush
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain


  • The Doorbell Rang, Pat Hutchins
  • The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, Don Wood
  • The Wednesday Surprise, Eve Bunting and Donald Carrick

Grief, Loss and Illness:

  • Always and Forever, Alan Durant and Debi Gliori
  • I Miss You: A First Look At Death, Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker
  • The Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend, Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain
  • The Jester Has Lost His Jingle, David Saltzman
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Judith Viorst and Erik Blegvad
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  • When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief, Marge Heegaard

Honesty and Trustworthiness:

  • A Big, Fat, Enormous Lie, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and David McPhail
  • Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, Gordon Korman and JoAnn Adinolfi
  • Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi, Gioia Flammenghi, and E. Harden
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Truth, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf, B. G. Hennessy and Boris Kulikov
  • The Empty Pot, Demi
  • Tyrone, the Double Dirty, Rotten Cheater, Hans Wilhelm


  • Bunny Business, Nancy Poydar
  • Dealing With Someone Who Won't Listen, Lisa K. Adams

Peer Pressure:

  • Hunter’s Best Friend at School Elliott, Laura Malone Elliott and Lynn Munsinger
  • The Berenstain Bears and the In Crowd, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain


  • Dumpy La Rue, Elizabeth Winthrop and Betsy Lewin
  • Katy and the Big Snow, Virginia Lee Burton
  • Leo the Lightning Bug, Eric Drachman
  • Stellaluna, Janell Cannon
  • The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson
  • The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper, George Hauman, and Doris Hauman
  • Tibby Tried It, Sharon Useman, Ernie Useman, and Cary Pillo

Preparing for Kindergarten:

  • Countdown to Kindergarten, Alison McGhee
  • First Day Jitters, Julie Danneberg
  • Franklin Goes to School, Paulette Bourgeois
  • Froggy Goes to School, Jonathan London
  • Kindergarten Rocks, Katie Davis
  • Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come!, Nancy Carlson
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Joseph Slate
  • The Berenstain Bears Go To School, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Night Before Kindergarten, Natasha Wing

Respect and Manners:

  • Dora’s Book of Manners, Christine Ricci and Susan Hall
  • Piggy Monday, Suzanne Bloom
  • Rude Mule, Pamela Edwards and Barbara Nascimbeni
  • That’s Good! That’s Bad!, Margery Cuyler and David Catrow
  • The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore), Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Grumpling, Stephen Cosgrove and Robin James
  • The Lorax, Dr. Seuss and Theodor Seuss Geisel
  • This Little Piggy's Book of Manners, Kathryn Madeline Allen and Nancy Wolff
  • Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams and William Nicholson
  • Words Are Not For Hurting, Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen


  • Arthur’s Computer Disaster, Marc Brown
  • Arthur's Pet Business, Marc Brown
  • Horton Hatches the Egg, Dr. Seuss
  • Pigsty, Mark Teague
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble at School, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Signmaker’s Assistant, Tedd Arnold
  • The Wump World, Bill Peet


  • A Terrible Thing Happened - A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma, Margaret M. Holmes, Sasha J. Mudlaff, Cary Pillo
  • The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • Uncle Willy's Tickles: A Child's Right to Say No, Marcie Aboff and Kathleen Gartner


  • Don't Feed the Monster on Tuesdays!: The Children's Self-Esteem Book, Adolph Moser
  • Hooray for You – A Celebration of You-ness!, Marianne Richmond
  • I Like Me!, Nancy Carlson
  • I Like Myself!, Karen Beaumont and David Catrow
  • I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem, Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
  • Incredible Me!, Kathi Appelt and G. Brian Karas
  • It’s Okay To Be Different, Todd Parr

Stress and Worry:

  • Don't Pop Your Cork on Mondays!: The Children's Anti-Stress Book, Adolph Moser and Dav Pilkey
  • The Worrywarts, Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole
  • Wemberly Worried, Kevin Henkes


  • A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue, Julia Cook and Anita DuFalla
  • Armadillo Tattletale, Helen Ketteman and Keith Graves
  • Don’t Squeal Unless It’s A Big Deal, Jeanie Franz Ransom and Jackie Urbanovic
  • Tattlin’ Madeline, Carol Cummings


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About Lisa Bundrick...

Lisa Bundrick has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University at Albany, State University of New York, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Plattsburgh State University of New York and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Adirondack Community College. She holds her New York State permanent certification as a School Social Worker for grades K-12 and her license in New York State as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Lisa also received a Certificate of Completion in Field Instruction for social work field instructors from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Her career related experiences in the field of education include working with students and staff in charter and public schools as well as in a community college. As a school social worker, she works with students in individual, small group and classroom settings assisting them in developing skills and knowledge to enable their success in both academic and social settings.

In addition to her counseling experience, she has experience with crisis intervention, developing functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans, academic advisement, career planning, and cover letter and resume writing. She has also been the field instructor of an undergraduate and graduate social worker intern assisting them in developing beginning social work skills. She is currently employed as an elementary school social worker in a public school district.

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