Bibliotherapy

After disaster or loss, children may find talking about their feelings or exploring their feelings really hard and scary. Books are a safe way for children to explore their own feelings by relating to the characters or situations in the story.  Not only are stories a great tool to help understand feelings, but they can also offer hope in times of disaster or loss. We have picked out some of our favorite stories that talk about disasters, difficult times, and hard feelings. Click a category and/or age group below to explore our book lists.

Read Together
Reading together helps children feel safe, comforted and cared for.  Sit close with children next to you or with them on your lap. Have your child hold something that makes them feel comfortable, like a  favorite stuffed animal.

Pace Yourself
It is okay to only read a few pages of a story at a time. If they seem uninterested in reading the story at that time or uncomfortable with the story, put the book to the side until they are ready to come back to it.

Ask Questions
Ask open-ended questions related to the story. These are questions where the answers are more than just “yes” and “no.” Some questions you could ask include:

Why do you think they feel that way?
When you feel that way, does it look like theirs or different?
What would you do?

Book Access
Leave a book in a place where your child can find it and look at it on their own when they want to. It gives them some control and they get to ask questions and explore the story whenever they want.

Revisit
Keep coming back to stories that mean a lot to your family. Revisiting stories many different times can bring new points of view, new questions and new understanding. If a question comes up that you don’t know the answer to, be honest and say, “I don’t know, but let’s see what we can find out together.” 

Engaging Teenagers
You can read storybooks with teenagers too! It’s important to approach it by saying you know it’s a story intended for younger children, but you want to hear their opinion on the story. You can invite your teenager to read the book to you like you are a child. Afterwards, ask your teenager their opinion on the story, asking if the story would have been helpful to them when they were younger.

 

 

Total 173 Books Found!

No Image Available A Bad Case of Stripes Feelings/Coping, Worry/Friendship
No Image Available A is for Activist Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available A Kids Book About Racism Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available A Terrible Thing Happened Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Feelings/Coping
No Image Available All Are Welcome Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Badgers Perfect Garden Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Feelings/Coping, Storms
No Image Available Bear Hug Grief & Loss
No Image Available Blizzard Blizzards, Disasters (Natural & Manmade)
No Image Available Boogie Monster Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Calm Down Time Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Can I Touch Your Hair? Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Cat Knit Changes
No Image Available Clifford And The Big Storm Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Hurricanes
No Image Available Dictionary for a Better World Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Hurricanes
No Image Available Earthquakes! (First Graphics: Wild Earth) Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Earthquakes
No Image Available Every Child a Song Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Feet Go to Sleep Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Finding Someplace Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Hurricanes
No Image Available Flood Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Floods
No Image Available Flowers and Bubbles Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Franklin and the Thunderstorm Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Storms
No Image Available Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard Blizzards, Disasters (Natural & Manmade)
No Image Available Freddy the Frogcaster and the Flash Flood Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Floods
No Image Available Freddy the Frogcaster and the Huge Hurricane Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Hurricanes
No Image Available Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Disasters and Preparation
No Image Available Giraffes Can’t Dance Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Grumpy Monkey Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Hurricane Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Hurricanes
No Image Available Hurricane Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Hurricanes
No Image Available I Am Human Feelings/Coping
No Image Available I Am the Storm Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Disasters and Preparation
No Image Available I Wonder Why Volcanoes Blow Their Tops: and Other Questions… Disasters (Natural & Manmade), General Disasters
No Image Available I’ll Know What to Do: A Kid’s Guide to Natural… Disasters (Natural & Manmade), General Disasters
No Image Available Ida Always Grief & Loss
No Image Available Intersection-Allies Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available It’s Okay to Be Different Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Judy Moody & Stink: The Big Bad Blackout Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Storms/Blackouts
No Image Available Leyla Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Listening to My Body Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Little Critter: Just a Big Storm Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Storms
No Image Available Little Excavator Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Little Unicorn is Sad Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Little Unicorn is Shy Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Llama Llama Red Pajama Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Lubna and Pebble Disasters (Natural & Manmade), War/Refugee
No Image Available Magic School Bus: Inside a Hurricane Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Hurricanes
No Image Available Maple Changes
No Image Available Me and My Fear Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Most People Disasters (Natural & Manmade)
No Image Available Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You: A Wildlife… Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Disasters and Preparation
No Image Available My Many Colored Days Feelings/Coping
No Image Available My Yellow Balloon Grief & Loss
No Image Available Ohana Means Family Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available One of These Is Not Like the Others Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Our Favorite Day of the Year Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Owen Changes

Thank you Sarah-Rose Galucki for creating this resource and Erin Myers, Erin Genevieve Lowry and Gail Klayman for your contributions.

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1 thought on “Bibliotherapy”

  1. Danielle Eaves Hernandez

    This is a comprehensive list of so many of my bibliotherapy favorites and new books I can’t wait to order. I will be sharing this resource with all of my families and community partners. Thank you!

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