As the world grows ever more diverse, young children can experience challenges as they grapple with their own lives and the expectations of others. Reading about characters in similar situations can help them cope. Experienced therapists use children's books to solve emotional problems in a technique known as "Bibliotherapy."
The lists below include some of the titles owned by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh that may be useful for caregivers, teachers, parents, and other concerned adults working with preschool children. The titles recommended are not intended to replace professional counseling but rather to help ease potential concerns and conflicts. Not every book is available at all locations, but any title can be requested.
Please ask the children's librarian for additional titles on any topic you are interested in as new books are always being published and added to the collection.