Bibliotherapy Resources

Bibliotherapy is a useful tool that can help parents, teachers and counselors address emotional issues that children may experience.  Here are some suggestions:


David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety by Anne Marie Guanci and Caroline Attia

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud and David Messing

I Don't Want to Go to School: Helping Children Cope with Separation Anxiety by Nancy Pando and Kathy Voerg

Indigo Ocean Dreams: 4 Children's Stories Designed to Decrease Stress, Anger and Anxiety While Increasing Self-Esteem and Self-Awareness by Lori Lite

 Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

 The Handbook for Helping Kids With Anxiety and Stress by Tip Frank

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety & Transitions by Lawrence Shapiro and Robin Sprague

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

What to Do When You're Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids by James J. Crist

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Heubner and Bonnie Matthews

When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety by Kari Dunn Buron

You've Got Dragons by Kathryn Cave


Coping With Death

Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley

Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

First One Foot Then the Other by Tomie DePaola

I Had A Friend Named Peter by Miriam Cohen

Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

Old Pig by Margaret Wild

Saddako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr 

Sophie by Mem Fox

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Theo Buscaglia 

The Saddest Time by Norma Simon

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst 

What's Heaven by Maria Shriver

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown

When Someone Dies by Sharon Greenlee


Divorce/Changing Families

Children During Divorce by Vicki Lansky

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

DeDe Takes Charge by Johanna Hurwitz

Dinosaurs Divorce:A Guide for Changing Families by Laurie Krasny Brown

Don't Fall Apart on Saturdays! The Children's Divorce-Survival Book by Adolph Moser and David Melton

It's Not Your Fault KoKo Bear: A Read Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce by Vicki Lansky

How Do I Feel About My Parents' Divorce by Julia Cole

My Stick Family: Helping Children Cope with Divorce by Natalie June Reilly and Brandi J. Pavese

Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Child's Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce by Tamara Schmitz