Welcome to Byron Bibliotherapy

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. …

GO AWAY, WORRY MONSTER!: A children’s book about anxiety

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.

FOUND: An interrogative children’s picture book text about the Stolen Generation in Australia

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

Dealing with parental mental illness: THE SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING

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 …

Why this book is not a Useless Object

‘I bought this yesterday and I think it’s totally useless.’ ‘Well, you did purchase a Useless Object…’ p 15 Can’t we all relate to Harvey? He has saved and scavenged coins from behind the couch cushions to buy the latest, greatest whatsit — only to find it’s useless. Consumerism & …