Body Image

Titles dealing with body image for middle grade students (grades 4-8th) Barrows, Annie. Ivy + Bean. Illus. by Sophie Blackall. Chronicle, 2007. Blume, Judy. Blubber. Macmillian Children’s Books, 2006. Carlson, Melody. Faded Denim: Color Me Trapped. TH1NK Books, 2006. Crapsey, Adelaide. “Amaze.” Poets.org, Academy of American Poets, 3 Feb. 2017, http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/amaze-0. Doctorow, Cory. In Real…

Mental Health

Often stigmatized, mental illness isn’t something that is easy to talk about with your friends or parents. Reading and exploring about mental health through poetry, picture books, and novels can help wrap your mind around what it means to deal with emotionally difficult situations. These titles fit best with grades 5 and up. Anderson, Laurie…

Identity

For our middle grade students, grades 4-8th, here are some poems, novels, and picture books to explore identity, outsiderness, and learning to love themselves: Alvarez, Julia. The Secret Footprints. Dragonfly Books, 2000. The Dominican folktale of the Ciguapas retold. Backman, Fredrik. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. Atria, 2015. Print. Seven-year-old Elsa…

Books About the First Day of School

In response to our last article about the picture book image of entering school, I have compiled a list of books about starting school to read with your rising preschool or kindergarten student. These can be used at home or in a library story time.

The Picture Book Image of Entering School

Rich, A. & Bernstein, J. (1975). The picture book image of entering school. Language Arts, (7), 978-982. Although this article was written in 1975, I thought the issue of the first day of school was relevant – and one that could be tackled by librarians, teachers, and parents in a bibliotherapeutic way. Rich and Bernstein…

Gifted on Twitter

An ever-updating list of gifted professionals, schools, advocates, and parents to follow on Twitter. Not find your name? Email me. See your name and want it deleted? No problem! @2eDansk @2Egifted @ABCTorontoChptr @aes_gifted @AGATENewYork @alabamagifted @allaboutgifted @AnnShoplik @AnnSmithSF @annwcarlsson @athenasonline @AuroraRemember @bainsbrain @Begabungs @belinblank @BoulderGifted @brianhousand @brightspotting @brionyloon @ByrdseedGifted @Cabbage_Babble @CeliCeliC @cfertig1 @CorFemEmpowrmnt @CTDatNU @CTGifted…

Being Gifted at Home

Johnson, T.F. & Roth, H. (1985). Being gifted at home. G/C/T, (37), 7-9. In my studies, I have often wondered why most of the research I came across deals purely with classroom issues, in regards to gifted children. Personally, I find that some gifted children are actually beautifully behaved in the classroom but hard to…

Literature to Promote Socioemotional Growth

Jalongo, M.R. (1983). Literature to promote socioemotional growth. The Reading Teacher, 36(8), 796-803. Through bibliotherapy, children can learn to listen and then listen to learn. They can develop reading comprehension skill and later use this skill to understand their own personal and social development in a better way. Mary Renck Jalongo uses her article to…

Contributions of Research in Bibliotherapy to the Language Arts Program

Russell, D. & Shrodes, C. (1950). Contributions of research in bibliotherapy to the language-arts program. The School Review, 58(6), 335-342. I know this article is quite old, but after reading it I believe the scholarship holds up – not only does it show the history of the process of bibliotherapy, it provides accurate and informative…

Using Bibliotherapy to Teach Problem Solving

Forgan, J.W. (2002). Using bibliotherapy to teach problem solving. Intervention in School and Clinic, 38(2), 57-82. James W Forgan explores the benefits of using bibliotherapy to help students with high-incidence disabilities become problem solvers. He identifies bibliotherapy as a helpful, proactive approach to this for these nine reasons: to show an individual that he or…