ERIC Number: ED354470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-16
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Bibliotherapy and Children's Award-Winning Books.
Davis, Karen; Wilson, Timothy L.-Y.
Bibliotherapy is the process of growing toward emotional good health through the medium of literature. The books selected for bibliotherapy must be chosen carefully. The Newbery and Caldecott books are logical choices as they have received the most prestigious awards given in children's literature. If bibliotherapy is to help children and cause them to think and ask questions, they must be introduced to literature that enlarges and enriches their worlds so that they will know what questions to ask and what choices they have when faced with crises. Reading someone else's story can be both comforting and equalizing. There are many Newbery and Caldecott award winning books that contain bibliotherapeutic themes. Bibliotherapy requires that teachers know their students well and understand their needs. If successful education is to take place, teachers with tools and the wisdom to know how to use them can help. Bibliotherapy is one way to reach through to children's confusion and dismay in order to clarify disturbing issues and present alternative life skills that will hopefully trigger their motivation to become emotionally healthy students and adults. The appendixes present a table relating 25 books to 22 therapeutic categories (e.g., aging, divorce, growing up, homelessness, loss/death, prejudice), as well as: an annotated bibliography of Newbery award winning books; an annotated bibliography of Caldecott award winning books; a list of Newbery medal books; and a list of Caldecott medal books. (Contains 18 references and 42 related sources.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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