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Parent and Professional Resources


Diversity and Kinship Literacy Play

With funding from a Bloomsburg University Margin of Excellence Award, Mary Katherine Duncan, Sheila Dove Jones, Yanhui Pang, Nancy Edwards, and Jean Downing in consultation with Nina Edgerton of the James V. Brown Library (Williamsport, PA) identified dozens of children’s books that celebrate human diversity and highlight human kinship. In collaboration with students enrolled in Early Child Development (PSYCH211), project leaders designed and assembled literacy theme kits for each book. Jump over to Amazon to view book descriptions and images.

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Health Literacy Play

Health literacy refers to the ability to read, understand, and act on health-related information. Individuals with low functional health literacy (e.g., children) are less likely to understand health-related information and to act in accordance with health professionals’ recommendations and instructions. Access to developmentally appropriate reference materials on childhood physical morbidities (e.g., asthma and obesity), psychological morbidities (e.g., ADHD and anxiety), and developmental conditions (e.g., learning disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders) may advance children’s knowledge about common health conditions, encourage children to take a more active and positive role in safeguarding their health, and promote children’s sensitivity and responsiveness to those affected by a broad range of health issues.

Funded through the Bloomsburg University College of Liberal Arts’ Curricular Enhancement Fund, Mary Katherine Duncan, Ph.D., and students enrolled in Developmental Psychopathology (PSYCH337) created a reference library of health literacy materials for families, children, and youth. All titles are published by Magination Press, an imprint of the American Psychological Association.

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Repetition and Rhyming Books

Jump over to Amazon to view book descriptions and images. Books for pre-readers, emergent readers, and children with speech-language delays or disorders

BU Bibliotek

With funding from a Bloomsburg University TALE Teacher-Scholar Award, Mary Katherine Duncan, Ph.D., developed BU Bibliotek to provide a resource for the children and youth in our area who experience traumatic events that threaten their psychological well-being. The selection of books was informed by Janoff-Bulman’s cognitive theory of traumatic stress. Briefly, Janoff-Bulman posited that basic assumptions such as ‘the world is a safe and predictable place,’ ‘others are benevolent and trustworthy,’ and ‘the self is competent and worthy of love’ are learned and confirmed through early and ongoing interactions with caregivers.

Over time and with experience, these assumptions are gradually modified into more guardedly optimistic beliefs such as ‘the world is a relatively safe, place but unexpected things happen,’ ‘others are generally kind, but not everyone and not always,’ and ‘the self is competent at many things, but incompetence is also a reality.”

In contrast, traumatic events elicit an abrupt shattering of these basic assumptions and yield maladaptive beliefs such as ‘the world is unsafe,’ ‘others are malevolent,’ and ‘the self is incapable of doing anything about it.’ Children’s literature provides a safe and familiar medium with which parents, professionals, and paraprofessionals may begin restoring children’s more guardedly optimistic perspectives on the self, the world, and others. Jump over to Amazon to view book descriptions and images.

As always, we welcome your ideas and feedback! Please send your comments to butoylibrary@bloomu.edu.

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