Bibliotherapy Titles

Here you will find books and non-print items to use with clients on various topics.

Titles are grouped by subjects:
  • General Information & Bibliographies
  • Adoption
  • Anger
  • Bullies
  • Death & Dying
  • Divorce
  • Feelings
  • Illness
  • Kindness
  • Moving/Relocation
  • Self-Esteem & Individuality
  • Separation Issues
  • Siblings
  • Times of Crisis
  • Websites

General Information & Bibliographies

Bobby's Books
This website, hosted by the Midwest Care Alliance, is a wonderful tool for parents, teachers, and counselors to use in order to locate books to share with children and teens to help them work through issues such as illness, death, separation/divorce. Professional.

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Grace, C. & Shores, E.F. (2010). After the crisis: using storybooks to help children cope. Silver Spring, MD: Gryphon House.
The literature-based activities in this book will help teachers and counselors guide children who have been through a trauma cope. Strategies used are discussion starters, writing activities, and art activities. Divided by type of trauma. Professional.

Little Parachutes
Online bibliography of picture books to help children cope with worries, health issues, and new experiences, listed by subjects.

Magination Press
An imprint of the American Psychological Association, these books all deal with issues and problems for children and teens. Website is searchable to subject.

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Stoltz, D., Czarnecki, E., & Kahn, B. (2013). Tender topics: Picture books about childhood challenges. Chicago: Huron Street Press.
This annotated listing includes more than 300 high-quality picture books that are ideal for opening discussions with children and for advising parents who are wondering how to talk to their young child about difficult topics such as death, loneliness, or fear. Professional.


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Kasza, Keiko. (1992). A Mother for Choco. New York: G.P. Putnam's.
Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, but doesn't meet anyone who looks just like him. When Mrs. Bear brings home the young chick, he meets her other children -- a piglet, a hippo and an alligator -- and learns that families can come in all shapes and sizes and still fit together. Gr. PreS-Gr. 1.

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Rotner, Shelley & Kelly, Sheila M. (2011). I'm adopted! New York: Holiday House.
Insightful photographs, matched with simple text, encourage children to reflect and ask questions about adoption. Gr. PreS-Gr. 1.


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Bang, M. (1999). When Sophie gets angry, really, really angry. New York: Blue Sky Press.
A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure


For more information and more suggested titles, please look under "Conflicts" in the section, Teacher Resources

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50 Cent. (2011). Playground: The mostly true story of a former bully. London: Quercus.
This teen novel, inspired by 50 Cent's own adolescence, is a hard-hitting and inspirational story of the redemption of a bully. Gr. 6-up.

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Bottner, B. (1992). Bootsie Barker bites. New York: Putnam & Grosset Group.
Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game. Gr. PreS-3.

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Caseley, J. (2001). Bully. New York: Greenwillow/HarperCollins.
Mickey has trouble with Jack, a bully at school, until he decides to try being nice to Jack and making him a friend. Gr. PreS-3.

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Hanna, P. (2011). My big mouth: 10 songs I wrote that almost got me killed. New York: Scholastic.
When Davis Delaware moves to a new school after the death of his mother, he immediately gets on the wrong side of Gerald, the school bully, when he creates a band called The Amazing Dweebs along with Molly, the girl he has a crush on -- who also happens to be Gerald's girlfriend. Gr. 4-8.

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Kimmelman, L. (2011). The three bully goats. Chicago, IL: Albert Whitman & Co.
Billy goat brothers Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff are bullies who rule their meadow, but when they cross Little Ogre's bridge and are mean to the baby animals on the other side, they are in for a surprise. Gr. PreS-3.

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Otoshi, K. (2008). One. Mill Valley, CA: KO Kids Books.
Introduces young readers to numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors by offering the story of ill-tempered Red who got too powerful for his own good and had to be brought down to size by One--a single entity with the courage to stand up for what was right. Gr. PreS-5.

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Penn, A. (2008). Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully. Terre Haute, IN: Tanglewood Press.
Gr. Pre-3.

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Preller, J. (2009). Bystander. New York: Feiwel & Friends.
Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, but although school officials are ware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution. Gr. 4-up.

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Sornson, B. (2011). The juice box bully: Empowering kids to stand up for others. Northville, MI: Ferne Press.
The kids at Pete's new school get involved when they see a bully in action. When Pete begins to behave badly, his classmates teach him about "The Promise". Gr. PreS-3.

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Thaler, M. (2004). The bully from the Black Lagoon. New York: Scholastic.
Hubie has heard there's a new kid in school named Butch Pounder, who is rumored to be a mean bully. Is Butch as bad as his reputation leads others to think? Gr. K-5.
ebrary's collection of open access e-books on cyber bullying. Titles include Koh's Click, Click, Who's Really There? (LHK Publishing, LLC, 2006), Susan Swerer's Bullying Prevention and Intervention (Guilford Books, 2009) and Simon Johnson's Keep Your Kids Safe on the Internet (McGraw-Hill, 2004). This website is currently building by accepting work submitted.

Death & Dying

Also included here are books about loss.

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Brown, M.W. (2016). The dead bird. New York: Harper.
A group of children come across a dead bird in a park and grieve its loss. PreS-3

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Chang, A. (2009). Brushing Mom's Hair. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.
A fourteen-year-old girl, whose mother's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment have affected every aspect of their lives, finds release in ballet and art classes in this free verse novel. Gr. 5-8.

Classroom Bookshelf Blog: Children's Books on Grief and Loss
Suggestions of excellent resources to use after a loss or tragedy. Professional.

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Cooke, T. (2000). The Grandad tree. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
The changing nature of their apple tree, as it grows and goes through the seasons, reminds Leigh and Vin of their grandfather, who is gone but lives on in their memories. Gr. Pre-3.

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Moundlic, C. (2011). The scar. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Beautifully translated from French, a boy loses his mother to an illness. He and his dad must work through their grief together to move forward. Gr. Pre-3.

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Penn, A. (2009). Chester Raccoon and the acorn full of memories. Terre Haute, IN: Tanglewood.
After his mother explains why his classmate is not returning to school, she teaches Chester Raccoon how to make a memory. Gr. PreS-3.

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Smith, H. (2009). Mother Poems. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Co.
A young girl thinks of her mom as a superhero, a doctor, her North Star. She feels loved in her mother's arms and capable of conquering the world. But when her beloved role model unexpectedly dies, she cannot even cry; sadness is too overwhelming. As she struggles with grief, she must learn how to carry on while keeping the memory of her mother very much alive inside her heart. In moving poems, Hope Anita Smith explores a personal yet emotionally universal subject: the death of a parent. Through the eyes of a child and then a young woman, these poignant poems, together with stunning folk-art images, powerfully capture the complicated feelings of someone who shows great hope, strength, and will overcome.

Divorce & Separation

Items on military deployment separations are listed under "Military Life & Families".

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Coffelt, Nancy. (2007). Fred stays with me! Boston: Little, Brown.
A child describes how she lives sometimes with her mother and sometimes with her father, but her dog is her constant companion. Gr. PreS-1.

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Buscemi, K. (2009). Split in two: Keeping it together when your parents live apart. San Francisco: Zest Books.
Aimed at children ages 8-14, this self-help book offers tips to cope with parents living separate lives. Gr. 3-8.


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Badescu, R. (2009). Big Rabbit's Bad Mood. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
Big Rabbit is in a very bad mood, and though he tries to make it go away, nothing he does seems to work.

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Diesen, Deb. (2008). The pout-pout fish. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.
The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise. Gr. Pre-3.

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Klassen, J. (2013). The dark. New York: Little Brown.
Laslo is afraid of the dark which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit. Gr. PreS-3.

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Matthies, J. (2011). The goodbye cancer garden. Chicago, IL: Albert Whitman.
When a mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, she and her family plant a garden and watch it grow through the seasons as she undergoes treatments and gets better. Gr. PreS-3.

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Meiners, C. J. (2010). Cool down and work through anger. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

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Nelson-Schmidt, Michelle. (2012). Jonathan James and the whatif monster. Tulsa, OK: Kane Miller.
Jonathan James always had a Whatif Monster hanging around. And he listened to him - What if they giggle? What if it's hard? What if it's scary? But, what if, just once, he didn't listen? What if he told the monster to be quiet? What if he just ... tried? (book/doll kit) Gr. PreS-3.
  • Note: Similar kits are used by Greene County Sheriff's Dept. whenever they are working with children to help them overcome fear and worry in a given situation. The program began in Fall 2015.

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Parr, T. (2000). The Feelings Book. Boston: Little, Brown.
Children express different moods, including "I feel very mad," "I feel like reading books all day," and "I feel like wearing funny underwear. Gr. PreS-K.

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Pinfold, L. (2011). Black dog. Somerville, MA: Templar Books.
An enormous black dog and a very tiny little girl star in this offbeat tale about confronting one's fears. Gr. PreS-3.

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Polacco, P. (2007). The lemonade club. New York: Philomel.
When Marilyn and her teacher, Miss Wichelman, both get cancer, they encourage each other and, aided by medical treatments and support from friends, they get better. Gr. 4-8.

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Schoene, K. (2012). Monsters aren't real. Tulsa, OK: Kane Miller.
A monster is sad when he hears that monsters aren't real; he perks up when he meets another. Gr. PreS-K.

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September 12th: we knew everything would be all right. (2002). New York: Scholastic.
Written and illustrated by first graders from Kennett, MO, in response to the attacks on the U.S. on 9/11. Gr. PreS-3.

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Smallman, S. (2009). There's no such thing as monsters! New York: Scholastic.
Little Bear is excited about his first night in his own bedroom, but the room seems far too quiet and dark and he calls for Big Bear to chase away the monsters. Gr. Pre-K.


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Krisher, T. (1992). Kathy's hats: A story of hope. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman.
Kathy's love of hats comes in handy when the chemotherapy treatments she receives for her cancer make her hair fall out. Gr. PreS-3.

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Polacco, Patricia. (2007). The lemonade club. New York, NY: Philomel Books.
When Marilyn and her teacher, Miss Wichelman, both get cancer, they encourage each other and, aided by medical treatments ans support from friends, they get better. Based on a true story.


Unity. Kindness. Peace
This bibliography from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, was created to share the message of creating unity, acting with kindness toward others, and promoting peace. Created in November 2016.


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Croza, L. (2010). I know here. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Groundwood Books.
A tale about a young girl whose family moves from the forests of northeastern Saskatchewan to a strange new place called "Toronto". Gr. PreS-3.

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Martin, T. (2006). Big Ernie's new home: A story for children who are moving. Washington, DC: Magination Press.
Ernie the cat is upset when his owner announces that they are moving. He gradually adjusts to his new home. Gently affirming the sadness, anger and anxiety that young children feel when relocating, there is a note to parents on helping their children adjust to relocation. Gr. PreS-1.

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Siegel, M. (2011). Moving house. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
When Joey and Chloe and their family are getting ready to move, their house decides it wants to go too. Gr. PreS-2.

Self Esteem & Individuality

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Andreae, G. (1999). Giraffes can't dance. New York: Orchard Books.
Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music. Gr. PreS-3.

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Childs, B. (2012). The boy who cried over everything. [n.p.] : Child Craft.
Murray learns appropriate times to cry. Gr. K-3.

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dePaola, T. (1979). Oliver Button is a sissy. Orlando, FL: Harcourt.
His classmates' taunts don't stop Oliver Button from doing what he likes best. Gr. K-3.

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James, T. (2009). The world is your oyster. n.p.: Simply Read Books.
What do you do when your world is raining cats and dogs, you're up to your neck in alligators, and all you want to do is bury your head in the sand? A playful book of animal idioms.

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Kraus, R. (1971). Leo the late bloomer. New York: Windmill Books.
Leo, a young tiger, finally blooms under the anxious eyes of his parents. Gr. PreS-3.

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Macleod, Mark. (2012). Wrong way. Tulsa, OK: Kane Miller/EDC.
Gr. PreS-3.

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Mitchell, L. (1999). Different just like me. Watertown, MA: Charlebridge Publishing.
While preparing for a visit to her grandmother, a young girl notices that, like the flowers in Grammie's garden, people who are different from one another also share similarities, and it's okay to like them all the same. Gr. PreS-3.

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Otoshi, K. (2010). Zero. San Rafael, CA: KO Kids Books.
One character's search to find value in herself and in others. Gr. PreS-up.

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Parr, T. (2002). The feel good book. Boston: Little Brown.
Offers kids an amusing, boldly illustrated picture book about the many kinds of things, silly and sweet, that one can do that can make them feel good, such as being with a friend and making strange animal sounds Gr. PreS-3

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Parr, T. (2001). It's okay to be different. Boston: Little Brown.
Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as "It's okay to be a different color," "It's okay to need some help," "It's okay to be adopted," and "It's okay to have a different nose." Gr. PreS-3

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Sharrat, Nick. (2003). You choose. Tulsa, OK: Kane Miller.
With simple text and vibrant illustrations, readers are encouraged to think independently and make decisions. Gr. Pre-3.

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Solomon, G. (2012). Why is Brian so fat? Las Vegas, NV: Central Recovery Press.
Brian eats because that's how he keeps from feeling his feelings. He knows something is not right at home, so he stuffs his face to stuff his feelings. Based on the author's own experiences, this includes a discussion questions for each chapter. Gr. 4-8.

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Weeks, S. (2003). Two eggs, please. New York: Atheneum Books.
A look at the many different ways to prepare the very same food, as everyone in a diner orders eggs. Gr. PreS-3.

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Whitcomb, M.E. (1998). Odd Velvet. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
Although she dresses differently from the other girls and does things which are unusual, Velvet eventually teaches her classmates that even an outsider has something to offer. Gr. PreS-3.

Separation Issues

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Karst, P. (2000). The invisible string. Camarillo, CA: DeVorss Publications.
A mother explains to her children that people who love each other are always connected by a special String made of love. It can be seen, but can be felt deep in your heart. Gr. PreS-1.

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Penn, A. (1993). The kissing hand. Washington DC: Child Welfare League of America.
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him. Gr. PreS-1.

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Sederman, M. (2003). The magic box: when parents can't be there to tuck you in. Washington, DC: Magination Press.
Casey and his father find a special way to share their love when his father has to go away on business. Includes a note to caregivers. Gr. PreS-3.

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Spelman, C.M. (2004). When I miss you (The Way I Feel Books). Chicago: Albert Whitman.
A young guinea pig describes situations that make him miss his parents, how it feels to miss them, and what he can do to feel better. Gr. PreS-K.


This includes titles on new siblings.

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Cordell, M. (2012). Another brother. New York: Feiwel & Friends.
Davy the sheep wishes he had time alone with his parents, as he did before his twelve brothers came along and started imitating his every move, but when his wish comes true Davy misses playing with the youngsters. Gr. Pre-3.

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Edwards, B. & Armitage, D. (2012). My brother Sammy is special. New York: Sky Pony Press.
A boy describes some of the many feelings he has about his brother Sammy, who is autistic. Gr. Pre-3.

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Horowitz, R. (1993). Mommy's lap. New York: Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books.
To Sophie's distress, her quiet times on Mommy's lap are disrupted by the new baby growing inside mommy, but once the baby arrives there is room for Sophie on Mommy's lap again. Gr. PreS-2.

Times of Crisis

Not updated since 2007, this site offers links to other websites (primarily libraries) who have compiled books on various topics useful for counselors, including bullying, death, divorce, moving, new siblings, sleep issues, substance abuse, and violence/terrorism/war.
Article hosted a wiki maintained by the American Library Association. Discusses what bibliotherapy is and lists both web-based and print resources to use to locate additional materials...