in my readings for grad school i just learned a new word:
bibliotherapy: when a dramatic change occurs in a student's attitude and outlook because of a book the child has read.
how many times have i experienced bibliotherapy? when i read The Giver? Or all of those Richard Peck books I couldn't get enough of in 7th grade? Or before that... maybe when i first read Edith the Lonley Doll, or Timothy Goes To School? absolutely my first year of college when i opened a care package from my mother that contained Thank you, Mr. Falker and found myself crying as i finished it.