Reading Riot: Bibliotherapy for Teens
Would you know how to help a friend who was sad, lonely or depressed? A recent article in School Library Journal stressed the prevalence of teen depression and suggested that bibliotherapy – the use of select reading material to aid recovery from mental or emotional problems – could be a way to reach troubled teens.
No doubt, reading can be therapeutic, relieving stress and increasing coping skills, especially if the reader finds a personal connection to a character. Fiction, even realistic fiction, offers an escape, and while reading is not a replacement for professional help, books might provide some comfort.
Here are some reading recommendations available at the Fauquier County Public Library:
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Reality Boy by A.S. King
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher
More resources on the warning signs and prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide are available at the public library. A list of additional resources and books is also available from the American Library Association (ALA).
Ann, Youth Services librarian, Bealeton branch library
For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teen.