Bibliotherapy is a directed teaching and/or counseling technique in which books on specific topics are used to help both children and adults to think about, to better understand and then to develop useful problem solving strategies to resolve social, emotional, or behavioral concerns. Reading a book together on a particular topic e.g. divorce, a new baby, sibling rivalry, or just coping with life’s ups and downs – can be wonderful conversation starters. That conversation then may lead to the development of some useful problem solving strategies. If you have ever read Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst to a your child or grandchild and then talked about how you, too, have had horrible days, then you have used bibliotherapy.
To find books on specific topics, please consult the Bibliotherapy Education Project at http//bibliotherapy.ehs.emich.edu. Also, you are encouraged to sign-up and add your own listings!