This article describes how literature, particularly crossover picturebooks, can be used to provide teachers and their students with a helpful perspective on the complex nature of problems, especially human problems with physical and mental health. We begin with an example of a picturebook that provides a unique perspective on the value of problems; namely, problems as unexpected gifts that can promote understanding, the first step in wellness. Next, we introduce crossover literature as an innovative genre for better understanding complex and controversial problems. Then, we share specific examples of crossover picturebooks, along with research-based instructional strategies, that teachers can use to provide themselves and their students a helpful and healthy perspective on mental wellness. We end with some final thoughts.
Bintz, William P. and Moini Chaghervand, Shabnam
"Using Crossover and Traditional Picturebooks to Discuss Emotions,"
Michigan Reading Journal: Vol. 54:
3, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/mrj/vol54/iss3/11