Welcome to Byron Bibliotherapy I first came across the term “Bibliotherapy” in a Psychiatry lecture at medical school. It was glossed over as one of the forms of “talking therapies” that included psychoanalysis and cognitive behavioural therapy. But I did file the idea away in my mind for the future. …
I’m often asked why, as a practising GP, I would add Bibliotherapy to my practice. My usual reply is that I myself have found solace in reading during the most difficult periods of my life. And to be honest, it was literature that kept me sane during my medical studies. …
HYSTERIA came onto my radar in 2020 through a doctors’ group I’m a member of. Members recommended for health professionals and others interested in the lived experience of a person with Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Serizures (PNES). I will also recommend it for patients and friends struggling with questions about illness we don’t yet have answers for.
PREMEDITATED MYRTLE features an unconventional, intelligent protagonist, with that arch tone commonly found in Victorian cozy mysteries.
I’m always on the lookout for family read-alouds. This is a gorgeous new take on the animal character, odd-couple friendship, in the vein of Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad.
It can be hard to find a picture book about anxiety that appeals to kids and isn’t too much like a self-help manual. Go Away, Worry Monster! is highly recommended for anyone dealing personally or professionally with anxious kids.
I have to admit I’m a fan of Beverly Cleary, and the Ramona books in particular. So much so that I named my firstborn after that irrepressible young character!
A review of The Most Beautiful Thing, by Kao Kalia Yang and Khoa Le, a picture book exploring grandparents, family, refugees and poverty.
Book Week may be postponed this year, but never fear, the good old book club order form is still here. But this time with a difference.
A reader response review of FOUND, children’s picture book about Australia’s Stolen Generation, by award-winning author Bruce Pascoe and debut illustrator Charmaine Ledden-Lewis
I’ve discovered an anthology about body image, complied by ex-teen librarian and Book Riot contributor, Kelly Jensen. As you’d expect, it’s pitched perfectly at teens.
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling was one of my favourite books of 2019. It’s a Young Adult contemporary about Anna Chiu, a Chinese-Australian girl growing up in Ashfield, Sydney. She’s in Year 11 at school and trying to cope with average marks, her snarky scholarship-winning sister, Lily, and …