Bullying behavior has been a part of children’s school experiences for generations.
However, the prevalence and severity in the past decade has led to the American Medical
Association labeling bullying a public health concern (Graham, 2010). A systematic
literature review was undertaken in order to generate a proposal program that integrates
bibliotherapy and art therapy for school-aged children to combat bullying behavior.
Resources were acquired via searches of resource databases utilizing the following search
terms (including derivations and combinations): art therapy, bibliotherapy, bullying, children,
children’s literature, and emotional communication. The information gathered and
synthesized from the review led to the development of a proposal program that can be
integrated into a number of different settings. Bibliotherapy and art therapy have addressed
bullying behavior separately successfully; a proposal program utilizing the therapeutic
benefits of the two techniques has the potential to empower children in bullying situations.