Bibliotherapy: A tool to promote children's psychological well-being

Carla Vale Lucas, Luísa Soares
  • Journal of Poetry Therapy, September 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/08893675.2013.823310

Bibliotherapy for children

What is it about?

The focus of this article is on bibliotherapy and child development. Particular attention is given to collaboration between psychologists and educators. The authors identify and discuss the benefits of bibliotherapy, provide guidelines for practice, and discuss implementation. Cautions, new directions, and particular issues relating to bibliotherapy in Portugal conclude this article.

Why is it important?

Bibliotherapy could be an important tool to use in different settings, as a way to promote critical thinking. It is a dynamic and interactive process that allows discussion and analysis of situations in a non-frightening way, which promotes insight and helps in the creation of new meanings.


Miss Carla Vale Lucas
University of Madeira

Writing this article was important since it combined a personal interest in the benefits of writing and reading, but also a professional one, where bibliotherapy is an important tool used in the context of clinical intervention but also to promote the development of children at different levels. I hope this article inspires more professionals to use bibliotherapy, as a tool.

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