Reading and books are synonymous with children and education. Caregivers and educators alike understand the many benefits of reading books to help children learn about their world but also to help manage emotions. As the pandemic rages across the country and the world, books are one way to help children deal with the emotions that are present in their lives. Bibliotherapy is explored as the practice of clinically and educationally using literature to help children deal with anxiety and stress. Research is explored that supports the emotional needs of children and the use of books to help children empathize with others and deal with their own emotional stress. In addition, the authors have read and reviewed books published since 2017 specific to coronavirus and to helping children deal with stressful situations. Specific children’s literature titles are listed for the pandemic and to empower children to deal with other stressful situations. Ideas for instructional activities are presented for titles.
Wheatley, Barbara C. Ed.D. and Whorrall Turner, Jennifer Ed.D.
"Empowering Children's Literature for Stressful Times,"
Virginia English Journal: Vol. 70:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.bridgewater.edu/vej/vol70/iss2/2