This thesis sought to aid children in coping with community violence. As violent crimes terrorize communities near and far, children are hearing about them. Children might learn about this violence on the news or by overhearing adults' discussions. Regardless, this thesis sought to help students navigate a world that may be anxiety filled. This thesis includes an exploration of bibliotherapy and discussions of the use of books in a therapeutic manner to delve deeper into its profound effects. The topics of this thesis surround social-emotional learning, which is also investigated and explained. The benefits of combining bibliotherapy and social-emotional learning are evident in the findings of this thesis which identified helpful books. By watching read-alouds, analyzing their content, and choosing books that aligned with the goal of this thesis, nine books were selected for inclusion. Bitmoji Book Bags were created for each of the nine books. These Bitmoji creations contain links to book talks, read-alouds, discussion prompts, activities, and more for students and their parents. The format of these Bitmoji Book Bags is digital, so that the links can be easily exchanged with parents, community members, and educators as a resource for when community violence occurs.
Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education
Urbaez, Sierra, "Exploring Bibliotherapy and Creating Family Literacy Bags in Response to Community Violence" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1440.