Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2005

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Don B. Woodcock

Second Committee Member

Nancy E. Jurenka

Third Committee Member

Virginia Mack


In this project, bibliotherapy (the use of literature in helping children cope with emotional problems or change) was investigated. Its history, with a specific focus on past and current uses in professional clinical and educational practice, was researched and outlined. In addition, a review of the psychological social and emotional needs and development of fourth through eighth graders ( early adolescence) was conducted. A summative argument supporting the use of bibliotherapy as a tool to meet the specific needs of early adolescents in the classroom setting was put forward. Limitations were noted. Upon completion of the research, an implementation guide for educators was created, in which textsets and accompanying activities were formulated based on research and research-based criteria. As an addendum, information and criteria selection advice specific to the needs of the teacher practitioner was included.