Bibliotherapy is about giving kids solid emotional resources through picture books.
As much as we try to protect them, kids will face difficulty. It’s part of human life. But as more and more children struggle with mental and emotional challenges, and as more and more adults struggle to explain an increasingly complex world to the next generation, we need a tool that will be gentle and hopeful for both.
The good news?
There is one, and you probably have it in your house. (*Hint, it’s likely on a bookshelf!)
As a mother and children’s book author, when I found out about the concept of bibliotherapy, I immediately researched. To my dismay, I found no locus of information on the topic for parents. In fact, most of the information is specifically for therapists.
Right then, I knew that part of my mission in this world is to gather information about this concept so we, adults, can emotionally strengthen the next generation in this easy and gentle way.
The Bibliotherapy Project endeavors to be an online home-base of information and community for parents, educators, and caregivers to provide children with emotional strength through picture books.
Today I’ll share:
- My 3 goals for The Bibliotherapy Project
- The media you can use to access the project
- How YOU can get involved
- Bonus: How to contribute to the site and expand your brand
My goal for this website is simple:
1. Empower caring adults to grow kids’ hearts through picture books, preparing them and helping them through life’s inevitable tough times.
2. Demystify bibliotherapy and provide quick-access to the books your kids need now.
3. Grow an online community of parents, caregivers, and educators to provide support and encouragement for each other as we build up the hearts of the next generation of humanity.
I’m starting out with a podcast and a blog as well as a Facebook group to connect peers together. Interact on social media, or leave me a message on the contact page if you have a specific question or comment you’d like to share.
I know there are a lot of other adults interested in this topic—we just need to connect to share our knowledge and support.
With any new venture, input from those in the field is always appreciated!
If you have experience reading to your children or students, and have seen success, please let me know in the Facebook group or in a private message. We can always learn from each others’ best practices!
There is SO much material out there, and only one of me, so the more we can work together, the better!
If you believe in the mission of The Bibliotherapy Project, share this article or let me know on social media. Also, feel free to join the mailing list to be notified when new posts come out.
If you’d like to find out more about bibliotherapy, keep reading. There’s more to come!
What resources would YOU like to see made available through The Bibliotherapy Project? Please leave a comment below!
I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.
Sincerely, Theresa Kiser
About Theresa Kiser
I’m Theresa Kiser, a mother and award-winning children’s book author passionate about connecting children with the books that will help them through life’s inevitable tough times. On a rare moment when I’m not writing or changing diapers, I might indulge in fruity teas, dark chocolate, and a good book.
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