This piece explores the trials and victories of a teacher's literary therapy for Will* a student faced with the ravages of mental health struggles and instability in his home life. The purpose here is to divulge the vulnerabilities of a personal story in the hopes of generating support for other educators who might be battling similar conflicts. Along the way, as varying children's books like My Happy Sad Mummy, by Michelle Vasiliu, and The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas, play integral parts in emotional healing, the teacher confronts her own internal unrests as Will's obstacles inch too close to home. Exploring Will's circumstances unravels her safe disassociation and teaches her valuable lessons about vulnerability and being real. Making peace with many unanswered questions becomes the best way to cope, and helping Will find wellness, leads closer to finding her own.
Soto Bonds, C. (2020). Storytime is a Sunrise: Employing Children’s Literature to Mediate Socio-Emotional Challenges in the Life of a Young Child. Occasional Paper Series, 2020 (44). https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2020/iss44/2