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Bibliot h er apy is t h e ar t of u sin g book s t o h elp people gain in sigh t in t o t h e ch allen ges t h ey ar e f acin g. Fict ion h elps ch ildr en t o develop Th eor y of M in d? t h e abilit y t o u n der st an d an ot h er per son?s m ot ivat ion s an d f eelin gs. Th eor y of M in d is at t h e h ear t of em pat h y. Wh en ch ildr en can r elat e t o t h e st r u ggles of a book ch ar act er , t h ey can place t h em selves in t h at per son?s sh oes an d begin t o u n der st an d t h at t h ey ar e n ot alon e. Ch ildr en can also u se book ch ar act er s t o begin f igu r in g ou t h ow t o over com e obst acles. Wit h u n der st an din g com es h ope an d opt im ism , k ey in gr edien t s in t h e developm en t of r esilien ce. Accor din g t o Psychology Today, ou r m in ds ar e m or e en gaged w h en in t er act in g w it h book s, becau se w e h ave t o f ill in t h e gaps as w e m ove t h r ou gh t h e st or y. See also Car ol Gr een's Sm all Talk colu m n abou t h ow Sh aw sh een t each er s u se book s t o t each abou t f r ien dsh ip.