IDENTIFICATION. The child identifies with a character, a story line, SOMETHING in the book that
catches their attention. This identification (discovery) can be by the child, or staged by the therapist or

2. CATHARSIS. The child is able to release emotions when he/she becomes emotionally involved in
the story. The classroom or office provides a safe place for the child to release (in a classroom, make
sure to guard the child's privacy and confidentiality). The child can release any of several ways, such
as discussion, art work, music . . .

3. INSIGHT. With the therapist's help, the child can come to possible solutions to their problem. Or
sometimes, there is no solution, but coping strategies can be suggested and goals made. The
book's suggested solution or coping strategies can be used, if appropriate.
BIBLIOTHERAPY can be done in group settings or with individuals alone. Books that address problems common to childhood can be read
to groups, even when there aren't any apparent problems. Sometimes a group reading can open discussion and reveal issues.

While BIBLIOTHERAPY is a good way for children to release pent-up emotions, it should not be considered a cure. Deep psychological
problems can't be resolved or even handled in a classroom setting -- these need to be addressed in more intense therapy.

1. Identify your children's needs through observation, parent conferences, classwork, official records, etc.

2. Match the problems with the appropriate books. Make sure that the book is appropriate for the child's reading
level and maturity.

3. Decide on the settings and time for the therapy, and how you will introduce it to the student.

4. Design follow-up activities after the reading.

5. Motivate the child with introductory activities.

6. Engage in the reading, viewing, or listening phase. Ask leading questions.

7. Take a break for reflection.

8. Introduce follow-up activities:
~retelling of the story
~in-depth discussion of the book
~art activities
~creative writing
~dramatic activities

9. Discussion and possible solution finding.
Information on this page was taken from:
~Do you believe that books are therapeutic?

~When you are done reading a book, do you ever feel
that you have been helped to grow or change,

~Do you love the imaginative soaring that comes
when you read a good book?

~Are you a TEACHER??

~Do any of your students have PROBLEMS????

(yeah, I aint just whistling Dixie, baby).
Check out these pages (on this website) for reading ideas!
banned books
banned books, page 2
Bluebeard (fairy tale)
Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners and Honor Books
Coretta Scott King Award Winners and Honor Books
children's books about children with disabilities
Emperor's New Clothes (fairy tale)
Women Who Run With the Wolves
The Little Matchgirl (fairy tale)
The Red Shoes (fairy tale)
Ugly Duckling (fairy tale)
The Giver activities
Cinderella (pc fairy tale)
Frog Prince (pc fairy tale)
Hansel and Gretel (pc fairy tale)
Jack and the Beanstalk (pc fairy tale)
The Pied Piper(pc fairy tale)
The Princess and the Pea (pc fairy tale)
Puss in Boots (pc fairy tale)
Rapunzel (pc fairy tale)
Rumpelstiltskin (pc fairy tale)
Sleeping Beauty (pc fairy tale)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (pc fairy tale)
Dr. Seuss