6 Best Websites for Bibliotherapy Resources
Bibliotherapy is a way to use literature to help students solve problems. In two previous posts I identified reading lists for LGBT youth and students of African descent. Rather than continue to post lists for all of the special populations and specific issues, I’m going to list some excellent websites for finding bibliotherapy literature for many of the issues we face.
School Based Behavioral Health – Bibliotherapy Reading Lists
Provides reading lists for the following topics: anxiety disorders, bereavement and grief, bullying, chronic illness, conduct disorder, deployed military, drug and alcohol, homelessness, obsessive compulsive disorder, school transition, and shy children.
The reading lists are accompanied by research articles pertaining to the select issue. The lists contain summaries for each title and give suggestions as to the type of student that may best benefit from the selection.
A large collection of reading lists that are separated by age level and topic. Some of the topics include: bullying, violence, divorce, substance use, child abuse, body image, and sexuality.
Bibliotherapy and Underrepresented Issues in Teenage Literature: Reference Guide
Contains an annotated bibliography of issues that can be difficult to find represented in literature. Topics include: ADHD, burns and scars (severe), Cerebral Palsy, dating violence, Dyscalculia, heroin addiction, Bipolar Disorder, mentally disabled parents/siblings/relatives, meth addiction, Morquio Syndrome, OCD, Schizophrenia, Selective Mutism, self-mutilation, sexual molestation, spinal trauma, Synesthesia, and teenage fathers.
Books Dealing With Children’s Mental Health Issues
One of my favorites. I used the reviews on this site to choose a book for my daughter with ADHD. The site has annotated bibliographies and reviews of books on the following topics:
Attention Deficit Disorder
Explaining a Parent’s Mental Illness to a Child
Explaining Psychiatric Medication To Children
Explaining Psychotherapy to a Child or Adolescent
For Siblings of Children with Psychiatric Disorders
Death and Bereavement
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Autism, PDD and Asperger’s
Interactive Decision-Making Books
Other Mental Health Books
Bibliotherapy Education Project
This is my favorite site. It has advanced search function that allows you to search a book based on age, format, subject, and even gender of the main character. The books on the site are reviewed by registered evaluators. The reviews provide details about the therapeutic use of the literature.
So there you have it. Are there any resources for bibliotherapy that I missed? Leave a comment below.