Bibliotherapy Booklists, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. As the world grows ever more diverse, young children can experience challenges as they grapple with their own lives and the expectations of others.
Reading about characters in similar situations can help them cope. Experienced therapists use children's books to solve emotional problems in a technique known as "Bibliotherapy. " Curriculum Quarterly: Winter 2005. Children's literature can be an effective tool for addressing the growing concerns about physical, verbal, and relational bullying in schools.
Though bullying has been traditionally dismissed by some as "just a part of growing up," most educators today understand that it is a pervasive problem with damaging effects on all members of the school community. The use of literature to address bullying can benefit students of all ages by improving their ability to understand and cope with problems, helping them to develop personal and social judgment, and increasing social sensitivity, empathy, and respect for others. This issue of Curriculum Connections provides educators with background about bullying in U.S. schools, an extensive bibliography of selected children's books that deal with bullying, and strategies for selecting literature that is appropriate and effective for classroom use.
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