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Bibliotherapy Books for Children

Welcome to the MassBay Library Online! This LibGuide will provide an overview of resources for locating and evaluating bibliotherapy books appropriate for children.  


What is "Biblotherapy"

The term “bibliotherapy” was first used by S. M. Crothers in 1916 to describe the use of books to help patients understand their health problems and symptoms. When applied to children’s literature, it can be used as a tool to help children come to grips with issues that create emotional turmoil for them. Narratives outside the child's individual situation provide storylines that aid in the understanding of his or her own personal feelings and help children realize that they are not alone in their situation. Ultimately, identification with a literary model can foster discussion and possible resolution to a problem such as dealing with a separation, illness, adoption, etc.


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