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Bibliotherapy 101: Where to Start

Bibliotherapy has been around as a formalized discipline for about a hundred years. It emerged as such from the library services provided to American soldiers during the First World War. But using literature to improve one's emotional state or psychological wellbeing is a practice as old as reading itself. The following is a list of resources that you might consult to familiarize yourself with bibliotherapy as a practice and its potential for community building, mental health, and more.

If you're an information wellbeing professional looking to understand and possibly implement bibliotherapy, and you want to read one book on the subject, it should be Bibliotherapy The Interactive Process: A Handbook by Arleen McCarty Hynes and Mary Hynes-Berry. Having said that, included here is a more extensive list of resources.

Allen, J. (2002). Using literature to help troubled teenagers cope with end-of-life issues.

Association of, & Hospital and Institution Libraries. (1971). Bibliotherapy: Methods and Materials.

Barua, D. K., & Barua, A. (2015). Applied Buddhism in Bibliotherapy: Therapeutic use of Buddhist Texts for Mental Disorders. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.ca/Applied-Buddhism-Bibliotherapy-Therapeutic-Disorders/dp/1517583012/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542037060&sr=1-6&keywords=bibliotherapy

Bernstein, J. E. (1989). Books to help children cope with separation and loss : an annotated bibliography.

Berthoud, E. (2014). The novel cure : from abandoment to zestlessness : 751 books to cure what ails you.

Berthoud, E. (2016). The Story Cure: An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.ca/Story-Cure-Z-Books-Healthy-ebook/dp/B01E7JWITU/ref=pd_sim_351_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01E7JWITU&pd_rd_r=6119b108-e691-11e8-9e03-7541b2e57237&pd_rd_w=r2llw&pd_rd_wg=bTv3P&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_p=f2db799a-cb6a-4ff5-b84b-b317891b94a8&pf_rd_r=V14S263EECCY490JXTCA&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=V14S263EECCY490JXTCA

Brewster, L., & McNicol, S. (2018). Bibliotherapy. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.ca/Bibliotherapy-Liz-Brewster/dp/1783303417/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542037060&sr=1-1&keywords=bibliotherapy&dpID=41sSZqXY7hL&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Brun, B. (1993). Symbols of the soul: therapy and guidance through fairy tales. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Burns, L. (2009). Literature and therapy a systemic review. London: Karnac.

Chuma-Ibe, G. (2012). Effects of bibliotherapy on behaviour modification of adolescents. Place of publication not identified: Lap Lambert Academic Publ.

Clarke, J. (1988). Reading therapy.

Coleman, M., & Ganong, L. (1988). Bibliotherapy with stepchildren.

Cornett, C., & Cornett, C. (1980). Bibliotherapy : the right book at the right time.

Cuddigan, M. (1988). Growing pains : helping children deal with everyday problems through reading.

Cutforth, N. (1980). The effect of group bibliotherapy in reducing the anxieties of children in grades one, two, and three.

Elswick, S. (2018). Enhancing social-emotional literacy through the use of children’s literature and activity-based programming. London ; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Ephron, H. (2008). 1001 Books for Every Mood: A Bibliophile’s Guide to Unwinding, Misbehaving, Forgiving, Celebrating, Commiserating. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.ca/1001-Books-Every-Mood-Commiserating/dp/1598695851/ref=pd_sim_14_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1598695851&pd_rd_r=534981d3-e692-11e8-9631-e3e0905aaaad&pd_rd_w=7MGfQ&pd_rd_wg=zYEnO&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_p=f2db799a-cb6a-4ff5-b84b-b317891b94a8&pf_rd_r=8S84YCXG82D0D0GK7KC3&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=8S84YCXG82D0D0GK7KC3

Gold, J. (2001). Read for your life: literature as a life support system. Markham, Ont. ; Allston, Mass: Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

Hedges, D. (2013). Poetry, therapy and emotional life (Second edition). London ; New York: Radcliffe Publishing.

Jones, E. (2001). Bibliotherapy for bereaved children: healing reading.

Karges-Bone, L. (2017). Bibliotherapy: Children’s Books that Train the Brain and Jumpstart the Heart. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.ca/Bibliotherapy-Childrens-Books-Train-Jumpstart-ebook/dp/B073BJHQCL/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542037060&sr=1-3&keywords=bibliotherapy&dpID=51pZQOKjp3L&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Kaywell, J. (2004). Using literature to help troubled teenagers cope with abuse issues.

Le Guin, U. (n.d.). Therapy through faërie : therapeutic properties of fantasy literature.

Lenker, L. (1989). Youth suicide prevention : lessons from literature.

Lerner, A. (1980). Poetry in the therapeutic experience.

Lerner, A. (1991). Life guidance through literature.

Liz Brewster. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fhm/about-us/people/elizabeth-brewster

Maidman Joshua, J. (2008). Read Two Books and Let’s Talk Next Week: Using Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.ca/Read-Books-Lets-Talk-Next-ebook/dp/B000SNUQGM/ref=pd_sim_351_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B000SNUQGM&pd_rd_r=6119b108-e691-11e8-9e03-7541b2e57237&pd_rd_w=r2llw&pd_rd_wg=bTv3P&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_p=f2db799a-cb6a-4ff5-b84b-b317891b94a8&pf_rd_r=V14S263EECCY490JXTCA&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=V14S263EECCY490JXTCA

McCarty Hynes, A. (n.d.). Bibliotherapy The Interactive Process: A Handbook.

Mohr, C., & Nixon, D. (1991). Books that heal: a whole language approach.

Morris-Vann, A. M. (1979). Once upon a time -- : a guide to the use of bibliotherarapy with children.

Ontario, & Ministry of Correctional Services. (1978). Effective Correctional Treatment: Bibliotherapy For Cynics.

Pardeck, Jean, & Pardeck, J. (1986). Books for early childhood : a developmental perspective.

Pardeck, John. (1984). Young people with problems : a guide to bibliotherapy.

Pardeck, John. (1987). Bibliotherapy for children in foster care and adoption. Child Welfare, 66(10), 269.

Pardeck, John. (1994). Using bibliotherapy in clinical practice : a guide to self-help books. Westport, CT: Green Wood Press.

Pardeck, John. (n.d.). Bibliotherapy : a guide to using books in clinical practice.

Pardeck, John, & Pardeck, J. (1993). Bibliotherapy : a clinical approach for helping children.

Parkinson, R. (2009). Transforming tales how stories can change people.

Perrow, S. (2012). Therapeutic storytelling: 101 healing stories for children. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Hawthorn Press.

Porterfield, A. L. (1967). Mirror for adjustment : therapy in home, school, and society through seeing yourself and others in books.

Recob, A. (n.d.). Bibliotherapy: When Kids Need Books: A Guide for Those in Need of Reassurance and Their Teachers, Parents, and Friends. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.ca/Bibliotherapy-Reassurance-Teachers-Parents-2008-10-24/dp/B01K18EXCQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543282720&sr=1-1&keywords=Bibliotherapy%3A+When+Kids+Need+Books

Rubin, R. (1978). Using bibliotherapy : a guide to theory and practice.

Rubin, R. J. (n.d.). Bibliotherapy sourcebook.

Schleich, D., & Hilton, M. (1986). Stories to grow on : metaphors for change.

Schrank, F. A. (1980). Bibliotherapy outcomes : the effects of guided reading for education, counseling and therapy.

Shechtman, Z. (2006). The contribution of bibliotherapy to the counseling of aggressive boys. Psychotherapy Research, 16(5), 645.

Shechtman, Z. (n.d.). Treating Child and Adolescent Aggression Through Bibliotherapy.

Stanley, J. (1999). Reading to Heal: How to use bibliotherapy to improve your life. Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.ca/Reading-Heal-Bibliotherapy-Jacqueline-1999-03-02/dp/B01K16MY56/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543282813&sr=1-1&keywords=Reading+to+Heal+%3A+How+to+Use+Bibliotherapy+to+Improve+Your+Life

Stephens, J. (1981). A practical guide in the use and implementation of bibliotherapy.

Taylor, V. (1983). An investigation of the effect of bibliotherapy on the self-concepts of kindergarten children from one-parent families.

Tukhareli, N. (2014). Healing through books: the evolution and diversification of bibliotherapy. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Zaccaria, J. (1978). Bibliotherapy in rehabilitation, educational and mental health settings : theory, research, and practice.

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