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Bibliotherapy, defined most basically, is helping with books (Hynes & Hynes-Berry, 1994). Derived from the Greek words meaning book and therapy, bibliotherapy goals fall usefully into two categories. Clinical bibliotherapy, using books to facilitate specified therapeutic goals with those experiencing significant emotional or behavioral problems, involves trained health and mental health professionals such as psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, or social workers. Developmental bibliotherapy, using books to address situational, transitional, and normal developmental issues, can be implemented by others, like educators or librarians, who work in helping roles. Books provide solace, reassurance, and even escape; they also provide new ideas for problem solving and managing transitions.


Bibliographies; Bibliotherapy; Children's literature/Bibliography; Children of divorced parents; Divorce in literature


Child Psychology | Counseling Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Library and Information Science | Reading and Language | Student Counseling and Personnel Services | Teacher Education and Professional Development

Publisher Citation

McMillen, P. S. & Pehrsson, D. E. (2010). Contemporary children’s literature recommendations for working with preadolescent children of divorce. Journal of Children’s Literature, 36(2), 27-34.

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