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Books...expand us with their novel perspectives and emotional force. They simultaneously illuminate our individual circumstances and affirm the essential commonalities of humanity.
-Mark Sisson

Why I choose Bibliotherapy:
Bibliotherapy was listed as a tool in the chapter on behavior management in our classroom management textbook. I had a basic idea of what it was, but wanted to learn more. Especially after learning about books as a therapeutic tool in our literacy class.

The five most important things that I learned:
1. Bibliotherapy helps students to solve their problems by identifying with the characters in a book. They see how those characters solve their problems, and can learn from that.
2.Film and poetry can also be used in this manner.
3. After World War II, bibliotherapeutic groups flourished, as this was a form of treatment used on soldiers in psychiatric institutions.
4. Bibliotherapy helps you learn more about your students, and they about you.
5. Caution is necessary when implementing bibliotherapy, the wrong book, or the right book at the wrong time can make the problem worse.

For Successful Bibliotherapy
The reader should be able to identify with the main character, relate emotionally to situations described in the book, and gain personal insight from the story.
-Classroom Management: A Proactive Approach

Books as a Therapeutic Tool
Gregory and Vessey (2004) explored the use of children's books as a successful intervention strategy for school nurses to help students with bullying.
They found that through the use of bibliotherapy, children began to communicate their own experience with bullying and have been able to develop coping strategies to deal with teasing and harassment.
-Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians


Teachers should be familiar with the books they share with the students
Be careful of topic selection, unless you have cleared it with parents/administration
-Anne Workman


My Favorite Resource
Bibliotherapy Power Point Presentation -
This is the power point I put together for the class presentation. It includes most of the information on this page, and all the links. That makes it my favorite!

My favorite website:
This website gives a great summery of what bibliotherapy is, and how to use it. Also included are links to websites with book lists that are appropriate for this type of program. Also featured on this page is a link to a video explaining bibliotherapy. That video touches on the use of film for the same purposes.

Information on Bibliotherapy:
These pages all explain what bibliotherapy is and how to implement it. The first two pages listed are particularly good resources.
Mark's Daily Apple
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
International child and youth care
The Association for Bibliotherapy and Applied Literature
Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders

Behavior Management:
This webpage has loads of information on behavior management. It is a virtual treasure trove of relevant information. If you only have time to visit one resource, I definitely recommend this one. While the section of bibliotherapy is little, the wealth of knowledge available on other topics makes the visit worth it. This site also features the video on bibliotherapy.

Examples of Bibliotherapy
Bibliotherapy for a nose picker
This short page tells the story of Corey, a Deep-sea nose diver as his classmates put it. It is the true story of how a teacher used a book to help alter a problem behavior. The story is quite humorous. Definitely worth checking out!

Bibliotherapy Book Lists:
In this section you will find websites with book lists, by category, of books that can help your students. These are great resources, as choosing the right book can be a daunting task.
Best Children's Books
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
American Library Association
Includes books on how to use bibliotherapy

The National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy
"Incorporated in 1983, the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy sets standards of excellence in the training and credentialing of practitioners in the field of biblio/poetry therapy and authorizes qualified individuals to practice as mentor/supervisors. We maintain and distribute a Guide to Training Requirements, serve as a clearinghouse for questions about professional training requirements and trainers, approve applications for both training and credentials, and confer credentials on qualified trainees."

Where to find the books
These webpages are mostly book sellers that pay special attention to books that can be used for the purpose of therapy. The first webpage listed is a search engine that includes review of all the books listed. They are reviewed for content, reading level, what lessons they can teach, etc. A very valuable resource.
Bibliotherapy Education Project Search Engine
Free Spirit
Paperbacks for Educators

Powerpoint Presentations
These are powerpoint presentations that I found on slideshare. Both are great! I got lots of good information from both to use in my own powerpoint.