Books That Heal for Children and Young Adults

Presented by: University of Nebraska and Library Journal
Event Date and Time: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM PT

  

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The cognitive benefits of reading are widely recognized. Somewhat less discussed is the impact that books and reading have on social/emotional development and, more specifically, mental health.  The psychological impact of worldwide illness, sustained isolation, economic hardship, and countless other difficulties is increasingly evident, and our children and young adults are not exempt. Finding ways to cope with hardship is critically important to all, but particularly for our youth, who are often unable or unwilling to articulate their struggles.  


This presentation will offer thoughtful discussion about the healing power of stories, and the messages they teach our youth for coping. It will provide examples of titles, for both children and young adults, that afford a variety of mental health benefits, supporting issues of trauma, self-esteem, identity, loss, anxiety, etc. Librarians have long championed literacy and the power of reading for our youth. Following this presentation, participants will have tangible ideas and language to use as they continue their advocacy for young readers.  

 

Presenters:

Erica Rose, Instructor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Dr. Melissa Cast-Brede, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

 

 

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