Bibliotherapy-Parent and Professional Resources for Anger

Written by Kristin Tallackson, M.A. Licensed Professional Counselor (OH), LPC-Intern (TX)

HFC Child and Adolescent Specialist

Bibliotherapy is a creative art therapeutic approach that uses literature to aid in the therapy process. Children’s books can be an excellent clinical tool to support children’s exploration and understanding of their world and life experiences. This is a great tool I often give to parents in order to continue the therapeutic work outside of the office. Many children identify with the characters in the book because they are overcoming the same obstacles. Over the next few weeks, I am going to provide a list of books that can help kids over come different obstacles from anger to anxiety. This week I’m sharing books on anger.



Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (Ages 4-8)

Andrew’s Angry Words by Dorothea Lackner (Ages 4-8)

Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner (Ages 4-8)

The Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum by Deborah Blementhal (Ages 5-8)

Don’t Rant and Rave on Wednesdays! By Adolph Moser (Ages 4-9)

Goldie is Mad by Margie Palatini (Ages 3-7)

How I Feel Frustrated by Marcia Leonard (Ages 3-8)

How I Feel Angry by Marcia Leonard (Ages 2-6)

Let’s Talk About Feeling Angry by Joy Berry (Ages 3-8)

Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney (Ages 2-5)

Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Rachel Vail (Ages 3-8)

That Makes Me Mad! by Steven Kroll (Ages 4-8)

The Rain Came Down by David Shannon (Ages 4-8)

The Temper Tantrum Book by Edna Mitchell Preston (Ages 3-6)

When I’m Angry by Jane Aaron (Ages 3-7)

When I’m Feeling Angry by Trace Moroney (Ages 2-5)

When I Feel Angry by Cornelia Maude Spelman (Ages  5-7)

When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry by Molly Garrett (Ages 3-7)

Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. (Ages 4-8)

Train Your Angry Dragon Series by Steve Herman (Ages 3-8)



What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dawn Huebner

What to Do When You Grumble Too Much by Dawn Huebner


Books for Parents:

The Explosive Child by Dr. Ross Greene

Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

The Whole Brain Child plus workbook by Dan Siegel

No Drama Discipline by Dan Siegel