Children's literature has a profound influence on its readers. It often comes into the home without regard to its content or the effect it can have on a child. This article addresses the broad strokes of child development, how unprocessed or poorly processed shame can hinder the growth of children, books that can be used in the processing of shame, and therapeutic case studies in which these books have been used.
Mauldin, Joy; Lough, Jesse; and Thurston, Nancy S., ""You Are Special": Shame and Grace in Children's Literature" (2003). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 122.