Advertisement

Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Growth Through Developmental Bibliotherapy

  • Pirjo SuvilehtoEmail author
  • Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran
  • Juli-Anna Aerila
Chapter
  • 570 Downloads
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 16)

Abstract

Stories can play important roles in helping children cope with problems and overcome challenges. When young children make connections between themselves and story characters, they can use those connections to learn that other people face similar problems and gain inspiration for overcoming difficulties. Bibliotherapy, the therapeutic use of stories in children’s lives, is an approach used by counselors and health practitioners, librarians, educators, and families. In bibliotherapy, stories are used in supporting discussions between children and caring adults of children’s concerns, and as promoters for studying diverse issues that are meaningful for children’s mental health and moral development. While stories are often used in a therapeutic way, educators and families may be unaware of bibliotherapy and the strategies that can be implemented to make the therapeutic use of books, poems, films, and other forms of children’s literature more intentional and successful. This chapter presents developmental bibliotherapy as a tool to support young children’s social and emotional growth and provides suggestions for educators and families.

Keywords

Bibliotherapy Developmental bibliotherapy Literary art therapy Book therapy 

References

  1. Alemagna, B. (2014). A lion in Paris (R. Walter, Trans.). London: Tate Publishing.Google Scholar
  2. Amer, K. (1999). Bibliotherapy: Using fiction to help children in two populations discuss feelings. Journal of Paediatric Nursing, 25(1), 91–95.Google Scholar
  3. Andreae, G. (2012). There’s a house inside my mummy. London: Orchard Books.Google Scholar
  4. Bang, M. (2004). When Sophie gets angry – Really, really angry. New York: Blue Sky Press.Google Scholar
  5. Berenstain, S., & Berenstain, J. (1981). The Berenstain bears’ moving day. New York: Random House.Google Scholar
  6. Bergström, G. (2006). Alfons och soldatpappan (Alfie Atkins and a Gutsy Ant). Helsinki: Tammi.Google Scholar
  7. Brinton, B., & Fujiki, M. (2017). The power of stories: Facilitating social communication in children with limited language abilities. School Psychology International, 38(5), 523–540.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0143034317713348.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Cacciatore, R., Penna, O., Hyvärinen, K., & Komsi, N. (2008). Ihanat ipanat [Wonderful babies]. Helsinki: Wsoy.Google Scholar
  9. Catalano, A. (2008). Making a place for bibliotherapy on the shelves of a curriculum materials center: The case for helping pre-service teachers use developmental bibliotherapy in the classroom. Education Libraries: Children’s Resources, 31(1), 17–22.Google Scholar
  10. Child, L. (2000). I will never not ever eat a tomato. Somerville: Candlewick.Google Scholar
  11. Child, L. (2005). I am absolutely too small for school. Somerville: Candlewick.Google Scholar
  12. Cohen, L. J. (1993). Discover the healing power of books. The American Journal of Nursing, 93(10), 70. 72-4, 76-80. https://doi.org/10.1097/00000446-199310000-00026.Google Scholar
  13. Cuyler, M. (2000). 100th day worries. New York: Simon & Schuster.Google Scholar
  14. De Vries, D., Brennan, Z., Lankin, M., Morse, R., Rix, B., & Beck, T. (2017). Healing with books. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(1), 48–74.  https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2017-V51-I1-7652.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Eisenman, G., & Harper, R. (2016). Bibliotherapy for classroom management. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 44(1), 11–17.Google Scholar
  16. Elgar, F. J., & McGrath, P. J. (2003). Self-administered psychosocial treatments for children and families. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59(3), 321–339.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Emberley, E. (1992). Go away, big green monster. New York: Little Brown and Company.Google Scholar
  18. Favazza, P., Phillipsen, L., & Kumar, P. (2000). Measuring and promoting acceptance of young children with disabilities. Exceptional Children, 66, 491–508.Google Scholar
  19. Flanagan, K. S., Vanden Hoek, K. K., Shelton, A., Kelly, S. L., Morrison, C. A., & Young, A. M. (2013). Coping with bullying: What answers does children’s literature provide? School Psychology International, 34(6), 691–706.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Fuller, R. (2009). Waiting for baby. Wiltshire: Child’s Play International.Google Scholar
  21. Gerlach, H., & Subramanian, A. (2016). Qualitative analysis of bibliotherapy as a tool for adults who stutter and graduate students. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 471–412.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfludis.2015.12.001.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Goddard, A. T. (2011). Children’s books for use in bibliotherapy. Pediatric Health Care, 25(1), 57–61.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.08.006.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Green, A. (2009). The monster in the bubble. Jersey City: The Monsters in My Head, LLC.Google Scholar
  24. Heath, M. A., Sheen, D., Leavy, D., Young, E. L., & Money, K. (2005). Bibliotherapy: A resource to facilitate emotional healing and growth. School Psychology International, 26, 563–580.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0143034305060792.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Heath, M. A., Smith, K., & Young, E. L. (2017). Using children’s literature to strengthen social and emotional learning. School Psychology International, 38(5), 541–561.  https://doi.org/10.1177/014303431771070.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Hellard, S. (1999). Baby tiger. London: Piccadilly Press Ltd.Google Scholar
  27. Hoffman, M. (2017). The great big book of feelings. London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.Google Scholar
  28. Holmes, M. M. (2004) Writing bibliotherapy books for young children. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 17(1), 39–44.  https://doi.org/10.1080/08893670410001698532CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. Honig, A. S. (2009). Understanding and working with non-compliant and aggressive young children. Early Child Development and Care, 179(8), 1007–1023.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  30. Jackson, M. M., & Heath, M. A. (2017). Preserving Guam’s culture with culturally responsive children’s stories. School Psychology International, 38(5), 458–472.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0143034317719944.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Jansson, T. (1945). Moomins and the great flood. Helsinkik: WSOY.Google Scholar
  32. Joiner, L. (2012). The big book of therapeutic activity ideas for children and teens: Inspiring arts-based activities and character education curricula. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.Google Scholar
  33. Korolainen, T., & Rönns, C. (2007). Kissa Killin kiukkupussi. [Killi the Cat’s anger bag]. Helsinki: Tammi.Google Scholar
  34. Kramer, P. A., & Smith, G. G. (1998). Easing the pain of divorce through children’s literature. Early Childhood Education, 26, 89–94.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Lemish, D. (2015). Children and media. A global perspective. East Sussex: John Wiley & Sons.Google Scholar
  36. Lewis, K. M., Amatya, K., Coffman, M. F., & Ollendick, T. H. (2015). Treating nighttime fears in young children with bibliotherapy: Evaluating anxiety symptoms and monitoring behavior change. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 30, 103–112.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.12.004.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  37. London, J. (1995). Froggy learns to swim. New York: Puffin.Google Scholar
  38. Long, N., Rickert, V. I., & Aschcraft, E. W. (1993). Bibliotherapy as an adjunct to stimulant medication in the trestment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 7, 82–88.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  39. Louhi, K. (2015). Tomppa ja piimänakki. Helsinki: Tammi.Google Scholar
  40. Lovrin, M. (1995). Interpersonal support among children among 8-year-old girls who have lost their parents or siblings to AIDS. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 9(2), 92–98.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  41. Ludwig, T. (2013). The invisible boy. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers.Google Scholar
  42. MacDonald, A. (2006). Wilfred to the rescue. Helsinki: Wsoy.Google Scholar
  43. Mäki, S., & Arvola, P. (2009). Satu kantaa lasta. Opas lasten ja nuorten kirjallisuusterapiaan 1 (Story as a support for a child. A guide to literature therapy for children and young people). Helsinki: Duodecim.Google Scholar
  44. Manguel, A. (2010). A reader on reading. New Haven/London: Yale University Press. Yalebooks co. uk.Google Scholar
  45. Mankiw, S., & Strasser, J. (2013). Tender topics: Exploring sensitive issues with pre-K through first grade children through read-Alouds. Young Children, 68(1), 84–89.Google Scholar
  46. Mantchev, L., & Yoo, T. (2015). Strictly no elephants. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.Google Scholar
  47. Manworren, R. C., & Woodring, B. (1998). Evaluating children’ s literature as a source for patient education. Pediatric Nursing, 24(6), 548–553.Google Scholar
  48. Mazza, N. (2012). Poetry/creative writing for an arts and athletics community outreach program for at-risk youth. Journal of Poetry Therapy: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, Research and Education, 25(4), 225–231.  https://doi.org/10.1080/08893675.2012.738491.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  49. Mazza, N. (2017). Theory and practice (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  50. Mazza, N., & Hayton, C. J. (2013). Poetry therapy: An investigation of a multidimensional clinical model. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 40, 53–60.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  51. McCarty Hynes, A. & Hynes-Berry, M. (1994/1986). Biblio/poetry therapy. The interactive process: A handbook. St Cloud: The North Star Press of St CloudGoogle Scholar
  52. McCulliss, D. (2012). Bibliotherapy: Historical and research perspectives. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 25(1), 23–38.  https://doi.org/10.1080/08893675.2012.654944.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  53. McDaniel, C. (2001). Children’s literature as prevention of child sexual abuse. Children’s Literature in Education, 32(3), 203–224.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  54. McMillen & Pehrsson. (2004). Bibliotherapy for hospital patients. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 4(1), 73–81.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  55. Monk, L. (2017). Mouse’s big day. London: Macmillan Children’s Books.Google Scholar
  56. Montgomery, P., & Maunders, K. (2015). The effectiveness of creative bibliotherapy for internalizing, externalizing, and prosocial behaviors in children: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review, 55, 37–37.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.05.010.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  57. Moonspur, H. (2012). In Kindle (Ed.), Maggie mouse gets lost. Katy: Katy Internet Marketing LLC.Google Scholar
  58. Moy, J. D. (2017). Reading and writing one’s way to wellness: The history of bibliotherapy and scriptotherapy. In S. M. Hilger (Ed.), New directions in literature and medicine studies (pp. 15–30). London: Springer Nature.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  59. Munson, D. (2000). Enemy pie. San Francisco: Chronicle Books LLC.Google Scholar
  60. Nasatir, D., & Horn, E. (2003). Addressing disability as a part of diversity through classroom children’s literature. Young Exceptional Children, 6(4), 2–10.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  61. Nilsson, U. (2006). Alla döda små djur (Let us play funeral, again). Stockholm: Bonnier Carlsen.Google Scholar
  62. Pardeck, J., & Pardeck, J. A. (1993). Bibliotherapy: A clinical approach for helping children (Special Aspects of Education 16). New York: Gordon and Breach Science Publishers.Google Scholar
  63. Pardeck, J., & Pardeck, J. A. (1998). Children in foster care and adoption: A guide to bibliotherapy. Westport: Greenwood Press.Google Scholar
  64. Parker, K. (2017). Saved by the book: A brief introduction to bibliotherapy. Retrieved 1st of January 2019 from https://www.windhorseimh.org/mental-health-arts/saved-by-the-book-introduction-bibliotherapy/.
  65. Parr, T. (2014). It’s okay to make mistakes. New York: Little Brown and Company.Google Scholar
  66. Pennebaker, J. W. (2004). Writing to heal: A guided journal for recovering from trauma and emotional upheaval. Oakland: New Harbinger Press.Google Scholar
  67. Pennebaker, J. W. (2010). Expressive writing in a clinical setting. Independent Practitioner, 2010, 23–25.Google Scholar
  68. Pierce, L. M. (2015). The use of bibliotherapy among adolescents and their family. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 26(4), 323–330.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  69. Pola, A., & Nelson, R. (2014). The impact of bibliotherapy on positive coping in children who have experienced disaster. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 48(4), 341–344.Google Scholar
  70. Polacco, P. (1997). Thundercake. New York: PaperStar.Google Scholar
  71. Prater, M. A., Johnstun, M. L., Dyches, T. T., & Johnstun, M. R. (2006). Using Children’s books as Bibliotherapy for at-risk students: A guide for teachers. Journal Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 50(4), 5–10.  https://doi.org/10.3200/PSFL.50.4.5-10.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  72. Rubin, R. J. (1978). Using bibliotherapy: A guide to theory and practice. London: Oryx Press.Google Scholar
  73. Schumacher, R. B., & Wantz, R. A. (1995). Constructing and using interactive workbooks to promote therapeutic goals. Elementary School Guidance and Counselling, 29, 303–311.Google Scholar
  74. Seuss. (1960). Green eggs and ham. New York: Beginner Books.Google Scholar
  75. Siegel, M. (2011). Moving house. New York: MacMillan’s publishers, Roaring Brook Press.Google Scholar
  76. Smith, M. C., Vartanian, L. R., DeFrates-Densch, N., van Loon, P. C., & Locke, S. (2003). Self-help books for parents of adolescents, 1980–1993. Family Relations, 52, 174–179.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  77. Snicket, L. (2013). The dark. New York: Little Brown and Co.Google Scholar
  78. Stamps, L. S. (2003). Bibliotherapy: How books can help students cope with concerns and conflicts. The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 70, 25–29.Google Scholar
  79. Suvilehto, P. (2008). Lasten luova kirjoittaminen psyykkisen tulpan avaajana. Tapaustutkimus pohjoissuomalaisen sairaalakoulun ja Päätalo-instituutin 8–13-vuotiaiden lasten kirjoituksista [Creative writing as an opener of children’s emotional blocks. A case study of the writings of children aged 8–13 attending a Northern Finnish hospital school and Päätalo Institute]. Publications of the University of Oulu B:83.Google Scholar
  80. Suvilehto, P. (2011). Otso ja soiton salaisuus (A Bear and the secret of music). Illustration K. Pertamo. Ranua: Mäntykustannus. Finnish Association of Poetry Therapy (2017): http://poetrytherapy.org/ Read 27.6.2017. NAPT 2017. National Association of Poetry Therapy. https://poetrytherapy.org/index.php/about-napt/history-of-napt/
  81. Suvilehto, P. (2016). Horror and aggression in children’s creative writing: Implications for bibliotherapy and child development. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 29(2), 105–115.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  82. Suvilehto, P. (2019a). A study of animal characters as representations of humans: The animality/bibliotherapy test. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 32(2), 95–108.  https://doi.org/10.1080/08893675.2019.1583414.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  83. Suvilehto, P. (2019b). Human-animal interaction at the stable: Observations of an Infant’s pony and bunny contacts and literary arts in a case study. The international journal of arts education, 14(1), 15–33.  https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9944/CGP/v14i01/15-33.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  84. Suvilehto, P., & Ebeling, H. (2008). Kirjallisuusterapia lasten ja nuorten kehityksen tukena. [Literature therapy to support the development of children and young people]. Duodecim, 124(5), 27–33.Google Scholar
  85. Suvilehto, P., & Latomaa, T. (2018). Writing with horses: Poetry with therapeutic art activities supporting self-expression in a case study. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 31(4), 224–243.  https://doi.org/10.1080/08893675.2018.1505250.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  86. Swanson, S. M. (2008). The house in the night. New York: Houghton Mifflin.Google Scholar
  87. Sweeney, L. G., & L’Abate, L. (2011). Research on writing approaches in mental health. West Yorkshire: Emerald Group Publishing Limited Bingley.Google Scholar
  88. The Valve School of Literary Arts for Children. Retrieved 3rd July in 2017 from http://www.kulttuurivalve.fi/sivu/en/children_young_people/
  89. Theron, L., Cockcroft, K., & Wood, L. (2017). The resilience-enabling value of African folktales: The read-me-to-resilience intervention. School Psychology International, 38(5), 491–506.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0143034317719941.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  90. Tolin, D. F. (2001). Case study: Bibliotherapy and extinction treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a 5-year-old boy. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40, 1111–1114.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  91. Viorst, J. (1972). Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. New York: Simon & Schuster.Google Scholar
  92. Waddel, M. (2001). Owl babies. London: Walker Books.Google Scholar
  93. Words that heal –webpages. Retrieved 1st of January 2019 from https://wordsthatheal.com.au/about/brief-history-of-bibliotherapy/
  94. Yuan, S., Zhou, X., Zhang, Y., Zhang, H., Pu, J., Yang, L., & Xie, P. (2018). Comparative efficacy and acceptability of bibliotherapy for depression and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents: A meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 14, 353–365.  https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S152747.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pirjo Suvilehto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran
    • 2
  • Juli-Anna Aerila
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OuluOuluFinland
  2. 2.Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA
  3. 3.University of TurkuRaumaFinland

Personalised recommendations