Healing through reading : bibliotherapy

Cierra Van Treese, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


For some children the joy and innocence of childhood is cut short when they face, or are overwhelmed by traumatic events. Bibliotherapy seeks to begin and encourage the healing process in children as they relate and connect to characters within a book. Connecting children to appopriate books is one of the most crucial aspects of bibiliotherapy, however, because libraries, books stores and book lists do not organize books by subject, an online resource which provides a list of good, quality books arranged by subject was needed in order for children to be able to explore and connect for themselves. The design of the website and the resources provided have turned out to be successful, and as the website grows to become more inclusive, its impact of connecting people to books will likewise grow.