Bibliotherapy...What's That?!

Bibliotherapy has been used for decades officially (but much longer than that unofficially!) and can be described as the use of books or stories to address personal challenges. I did some research into Bibliotherapy while studying my Masters degree and the possibilities for it's uses literally are endless!

People who work with children often tend to use stories to teach valuable life lessons but with proper training you can make the most of storytime by using three simple to remember steps.

It gives me such joy to provide great professional development and I'd love to come to your school or early years centre to give some of the most fun, informative and engaging professional development your staff have ever attended!

You can contact me at www.shininglifeskills.com.au or email liz@shininglifeskills.com.au

In the meantime, please enjoy this free list of some of my favourite books to read to young people and some of the helpful topics they cover.


On Teamwork

Mission Incrocible

Chris Collin

Illus by Megan Kitchin


On Everyone having a part to play

Wombat Divine

Mem Fox

Illus by Kerry Argent
















Things aren’t always as we think they are (looking at how we think about things)

This is a ball

Beck & Matt Stanton


What makes you different makes you special

Harry the Highlander – Up the Glen

Cameron Scott

Illus by Cee Biscoe


The importance of family

The Things I Love About Family

Trace Moroney


Keeping special memories with us

All My Treasures – A Book of Joy

Jo Witek

Illus by Christine Roussey
















Everyone is Special

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Giles Andreae

Illus by Guy Parker-Rees


Friendship is more important than cheating

Grrrrr!

Rob Biddulph


Who we are make us important, not what we do

Koala Lou

Mem Fox

Illus by Pamela Lofts


Learning to speak up when it’s important

Danny, the Duck with no Quack

Malachy Doyle, Janet Samuel


Mistakes are OK

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

Mark Pett and Gary Rubenstein

Illus by Mark Pett














The beauty of sharing

The Sad Little Monster & the Jelly Bean Queen

Kym Ladner


It’s OK to cry

(Particularly in relation to a pet’s death, excellent to read to boys in particular)

Tough Boris

Mem Fox

Illus by Kathryn Brown














Saying Please

Benjamin Bear Says Please

Claire Freedman

Illus by Steve Smallman


Everyone can be good at something

Yes We Can!

Sam McBratney

Illus by Charles Fuge


The importance of community & being wise

(Lots of brilliant discussion points!)

Here We Are

Oliver Jeffers


The downside of attention seeking

Pig the Star

Aaron Blabey


The importance of difference in community

The Not So Perfect Penguin

Steve Smallman


How to Make Friends

Fox Makes Friends

Adam Relf


The difficulties of moving and being the ‘new kid’

Sunday Chutney

Aaron Blabey


Being Yourself

Starting Kindergarten or School

Just Jack

Jane Tanner


The Importance of Heartfelt Gifts

The Best Birthday Present Ever

Ben Mantle


Empathy

(Absolutely brilliant book for thinking of others)

The Very Cranky Bear

Nick Bland


Separation and Loss

(Fantastic book for separation anxiety with regard to school or permanent loss)

The Invisible String

Patrice Karst

Illus by Geoff Stevenson
















Understanding Feelings/Emotional Literacy

The Way I Feel

Janan Cain


Helping to understand and try to overcome anxiety

The Whatifs

Emily Kilgore

Illus by Zoe Persico


Talking about bullying

Jilly and the Bully

Lowen Taylor

Illus byGeoff Hupfeld


Making Friends

Why Can’t I Play?

Elizabeth Hawkins

Illus byBill Bolton


How words can damage and learning to use words wisely

The Word War

Mark Hadley

Illus by Amy Lees


Being kind and sharing

Is that what friends do?

Marjorie Newman

Illus byPeter Bowman


Unity despite diversity

Whoever You Are

Mem Fox

Illus by Leslie Staub


Getting attention in healthy (vs unhealthy) ways

The Very Itchy Bear

Nick Bland


Educators, parents and those on the 'frontline' with children often have amazing ideas of good books to read. Please do let me know the names of your favourite books and the topics they cover in the comments below and we can look at adding them to the list!





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