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 Owl Babies Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Perfect Square Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Ravi’s Roar Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Ready, Set . . . WAIT!: What Animals Do Before… Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Hurricanes
No Image Available Scooper & Dumper Blizzards, Disasters (Natural & Manmade)
No Image Available Stormy Night Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Storms
No Image Available Teacup Disasters (Natural & Manmade), War/Refugee
No Image Available The Black Cloud Blues Feelings/Coping
No Image Available The Colors of Us Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available The Day War Came Disasters (Natural & Manmade), War/Refugee
No Image Available The Don’t Worry Book Feelings/Coping
No Image Available The Feeling Flower Feelings/Coping
No Image Available The Feelings Book Feelings/Coping
No Image Available The Goodbye Book Grief & Loss
No Image Available The Invisible String Feelings/Coping, Grief & Loss
No Image Available The Journey Disasters (Natural & Manmade), War/Refugee
No Image Available The Magic School Bus Presents: Wild Weather Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Hurricanes
No Image Available The Memory Box Grief & Loss
No Image Available The Next Place Grief & Loss
No Image Available The Pout-Pout Fish Feelings/Coping
No Image Available The Rabbit Listened Feelings/Coping
No Image Available The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Feelings/Coping, Hurricanes, Storms
No Image Available The Rough Patch Grief & Loss
No Image Available The Train Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available The Treasure Box Disasters (Natural & Manmade), War/Refugee
No Image Available The Way I Feel Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Together We Grow Disasters (Natural & Manmade), Storms/Inclusivity
No Image Available Twisters and Other Terrible Storms Disasters (Natural & Manmade), General Disasters
No Image Available Under My Hijab Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Visiting Feelings Feelings/Coping
No Image Available We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Wemberly Worried Feelings/Coping
No Image Available What Is Death? Grief & Loss
No Image Available When Stars Are Scattered Disasters (Natural & Manmade), War/Refugee
No Image Available Why Do We Cry? Feelings/Coping
No Image Available Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice Diversity & Social Justice
No Image Available Your Name Is a Song Diversity & Social Justice

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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