What Tweens Read When They’re Feeling Down


Last year, I shared quotes from third, fourth, and fifth grade members of my Bookopolis Book Club in a Brightly post, “Dear Mom, Dad, and Teacher: This is Why I Read,” about the role reading played in their lives.

One student, Samantha, shared that she read when she was sad to keep her mind off of things. I was struck by the power of this comment. I’ve readresearch about how books build empathy, but I had not thought as much about their role in helping students cope with a common emotion like sadness.

I asked several kids who write book reviews on Bookopolis, a social network and book discovery tool for young readers, about the types of books that helped them feel better when they were sad. I was touched by the honesty and diversity of their answers.


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