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29 Encouraging Kids' Books About Moving

Bad Bye, Good Bye

We love this picture book about moving for toddlers and preschoolers. The text is simple yet conveys a very positive message about relocating to a new home.  What is most captivating about this books is the use of color to convey the brightness of a new neighborhood, yard, and home. New friends to make, new fireflies to catch, and new trees to climb are awaiting a child who realizes the moving can be a very good thing.



Comforting Children's Books about Moving

Moving is a big ordeal for many families with children who are uprooted from their hometown. Oftentimes kids are leaving the only home they have ever known which can be an upsetting experience.  Not only are children leaving the comfort and security of their actual house, they are also faced with moving away from friends, schools, sports teams, neighbors, and everything else that is familiar in their lives. Sometimes a move is the result of a family splitting apart, so children's divorce books will help open a conversation about why moving to a new home is necessary. Reading children's books about moving can help ease this transition and encourage children to open up about their feelings.


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 Best Kids' about Moving for Kindergarten and Up

There are many ways parents can ease the transition for kids faced with the overwhelming experience of moving. A very easy first step is to gather together a collection of children's books about moving. We've scoured the market to find books that cover all the bases, reasons, emotions, logistics, and questions kids will raise about moving. 



Boomer's Big Day

Even pets can sense when something big is happening! Boomer is puzzled that his daily routine, that always begins with a walk, is all out of whack. When observes his family members running around packing boxes, he finally gets it. Moving day has finally arrived and Boomer is excited. This is a sweet, simple book for the youngest of readers getting ready to move.



Alexander, Who's Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move

Alexander, with his trademark humor, is here to tell you that he is absolutely not going to move. He doesn't care that his dad has a new job far away. What he does care about is all the people he will miss, like his best friend, his neighors, and his favorite babysitter. For every kid who is grumpy about having to begin a new life in a new town, read this book together. Alexander is just what a child filled with moving anxiety needs to laugh and maybe just realize that everything is going to be okay.




Big Ernie's New Home: A Story for Young Children Who Are Moving

Children who move to a new place feel a wide range of emotions including sadness, anxiety, stress, and even anger. It's important to explore these emotions with your child to help ease the transition. Big Ernie's New Home is the perfect book to open a discussion. Told from the perspective of the family cat, this adorable story will help children understand that what they are feeling is normal. At once gentle and affirming, we highly recommend this book for kids nervous about moving.




The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day

You can always count on the Berenstain Bears to tackle life's challenges in a positive manner. This story takes the reader back in time to when the Bear family moved from the mountains into their now-famous treehouse. Brother wonders if he will like his new house and worries about whether he will make new friends. Mama and Papa Bear provide all the reassurances young readers need to hear about moving to a new home.



We Are Moving

This Little Critter book will not disappoint fans who have come to love this furry friend. One day, his dad comes home with exciting news. The family is moving! Little Critter worries about the little things, like if he will be able to bring his sandbox. And he worries about the big things too, like if his neighbors will be monsters! Finally he learns that moving is actually pretty fun.



Yard Sale

Looking for a book that paints a more realistic picture for many families? Yard Sale features a little girl, Callie, whose family is moving from a big house to a small apartment. All of their personal belongings are laid out in the yard for the world to pick over.  Callie is upset that they can't take most things with them, especially her bike.  She learns in the end that "home" is about the people who live with you, not the possessions.


Anastasia Again!

Anastasia is a twelve year old, city girl who is dismayed at her family's decision to move to the boring country. The cute boy who lives down the street may just be enough to help her get over the matching split-level houses and other mundane trappings of suburbia. An easy, fun humorous read for the tween group who can appreciate a little melodrama.



Ira Says Goodbye

This classic book is written from the perspective of the child who is left behind when his best friend moves away. Ira deals with a wide range of emotions when confronted with the news that Reggie will no longer live close by, and he's even more upset to learn that Reggie is excited about moving. 




Not For Sale

Cyrus sees a For Sale sign in his front yard and his world is turned upside down.  Adopted as a newborn baby, this house has been home for his entire life. This clever little boy will do everything in his power to prevent his family from moving. An unusual, funny, easy chapter book will resonate with kids who share the same fears about moving to a new house.




An award-winning picture book about what it's like to be the new kid in town. Neville has survived a move to his new house and he is incredibly excited to start making friends. We love the way this book highlights Neville's exuberant and creative way of letting everyone know he has arrived and is ready to play.



Boris on the Move

While this may not be your traditional moving book, it may be just what young, independent readers need to lift their spirits about a new adventure. This beginner chapter book is about a warthog who lives in a van converted into a house.  One day the van jolts. Could the family be moving? Kids will enjoy the cartoon illustrations as they delve into the story of a move of sorts.



Ben Says Goodbye

Ben's best friend Peter has moved away, leaving him feeling a bit lost and vulnerable. He retreats to his "cave" under the table where he can control his destiny moreso than in the real world. Rather than redirect Ben or force him to talk about his feelings, his parents grant him the freedom to carry out the charade and cope with his emotions on his own terms. This gem of a book is a good reminder for parents that sometimes kids need space to work through a problem, no matter how unconventional their behavior.


Bruce's Big Move

Sometimes life calls for a change, and in this case, Bruce decides to move away from his overcrowded home. The geese and the mice are making him crazy so one day he packs up and leaves. Little kids will get a kick out of all the funny mishaps that seem to occur wherever Bruce goes.



My Name is Maria Isabel

For some children, moving is a whole lot more than just packing some boxes and making some new friends. Maria Isabel moved from Puerto Rico to the US. She desperately wants to fit in, but it's also important for her not to lose sight of her heritage. When her teacher wants to call her Mary, so as not to confuse her with two other Marias already in class, she is stunned. How can she possibly convey how much her name means to her? One day she finds a solution. A writing assignment called "My Greatest Wish" gives her the opportunity to express everything she has kept bottled up inside. 



The Blue House

A little boy and his father are devastated to learn that the little blue house that has been their home forever is being torn down. They could see it coming when other changes started happening in the neighborhood. Nevertheless, they were upset when their landlord delivered the news. When it finally comes time to leave, the two vow to keep the little blue house's memory alive in their new home. This is a quite endearing story about how a house is so much more than four walls.



The Time of Green Magic

For chapter book readers, The Time of Green Magic is a fantasy book about a girl named Abi who moves into a home with her new family. Her father remarries and Abi finds herself having to adjust to a new house, new siblings, and and new, eerie secrets waiting to be uncovered. The huge, old house covered in ivy is the perfect setting for a creepy mystery.  Abi and her two stepbrothers come together to explore the magical danger lurking in their new home.



A New Kind of Wild

Home looks and feels different for everyone. In this colorful, whimsical and wistful picture book, a special friendship forms between two children who have drastically different homes. Ren lives with his grandmother in a house with lush surroundings. His active imagination provides all the entertainment he needs, and he finds plenty of companionship with his fantastical friends. Ava, on the other hand, lives in a city surrounded by cement. She loves her action-packed lifestyle in an environment with constant stimulation. When Ren moves to the city, he wonders how he will ever adjust to his new home with no green surroundings. Then he meets Ava who shows him that there is more to the city than meets the eye.





Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

In this sweet, tender book about moving, two best friends learn that saying goodbye to some things can also mean saying hello to new experiences. Little readers will come to understand that life is always changing. Sometimes these changes are sad, like moving away from special friends. But sometimes happiness is right around the corner with new friends waiting to meet them.



Swimming with Dolphins

KT Wynn is nervous about moving to Florida from Iowa City.  She has all of the usual worries associated with moving- missing her  best friends, leaving her home, and starting all over again in a brand new school. Will she make new friends easily? How will kids respond to her wheelchair? Fortunately, she will have her sister by her side the whole time.  And she will be able to finally pursue a lifelong dream of swimming with a dolphin! Moving may just end up being the best thing that ever happened to KT.



Southwest Sunrise

An incredibly beautiful picture book about a young boy named Jayden who moves to New Mexico. The landscape is very different than where he comes from and he takes it all in with a sense of wonder. The descriptive verse and captivating illustrations draw in young readers and make them feel like they are right there with Jayden.  Southwest Sunrise tackles the subject of moving from the most positive perspective and focuses on the wonder in exploring a new place.


A Kiss Goodbye

Readers fell in love with Chester Raccoon in The Kissing Hand and A Pocket Full of Kisses. Now he is back to face a new obstacle in his life. The time has come for Chester and his family to find a new home. Moving is never easy, but Chester finds a special way to say goodbye to his old home. He also finds some new and exciting things about his new place to live. 



Lenny and Lucy

An endearing story about a little boy, Peter, who moves to a new house past the deep, dark, scary woods. Feeling lonely and afraid, Peter acquires a couple of imaginary friends. Lenny and Lucy keep him company and protect him from whatever might be in the woods. Soon enough, Peter makes a new friend, Millie, who shares her binoculars and suddenly the woods isn't so frightening anymore.



Paper Planes

 A beautiful, poetic book about best friends, Mia and Ben, who live an idyllic life by a big lake. They spend their days swinging, sailing, and enjoying the outdoors. They especially love making paper airplanes with the dream of flying them across the lake. Everything is perfect until one day when Ben learns he will be moving far away. Ben and Mia are devastated by the miles that will separate them, but together they explore all the ways they can keep their friendship intact.


My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move

This is a fantastic, award-winning workbook for kids who are moving. It is normal for young children to experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Finally, there is an interactive guide to help them navigate the entire journey. This handy book walks kids through all the steps of the move, gives them opportunities to journal their experiences, and provides tips for saying goodbye to old friends and making new ones.


Coquí in the City

Miguel adores everything about his hometown, San Juan. He is very connected to his neighbors, his grandfather, the culture, the food, and last but not least, his pet frog- Coquí. When he learns that he will be moving with his parents to the US mainland, Miguel is sad about leaving all that is important to him behind. But when he settles into New York City and goes exploring with his Mamá, Miguel finds a lot of things that are similar to Puerto Rico. Maybe this strange new place will eventually feel like home after all. An uplifting book for kids moving to a new city about keeping an open mind.


Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away

Evelyn and Daniela are best friends who have grown up across the street from each other in the city. They have spent countless hours together in their apartments, which are almost identical, except for the colors of the walls. The bond between the two girls is so very strong, and they love each other like sisters. But when Evelyn Del Rey finds out that she will be moving, the girls are distraught. Their sadness, captured through expressive illustrations, is palpable. In preparation for the big move, the girls make plans to talk every day and never lose touch with each other. A helpful book for children who are upset about moving far away from their best friends.


Long Distance

This graphic novel for middle-grade readers is about Vega, a girl who is very unhappy about moving to a new town. Her family announces that they are moving from Portland to Seattle, which feels like a million miles away from her best friend, Hallie. In an effort to help Vega make new friends in Seattle, her parents send her to summer camp. At first she stubbornly refuses to talk to others, but when strange things start to happen, Vega is forced to join forces with her campmates. Before long, Vega makes new best friends and realizes that moving was not the end of the world after all.


Ten Beautiful Things

 A poignant story about a little girl, Lily, who moves to Iowa to live with her grandmother. Although the readers never learn the reason for this move, there is no doubt that this transition leaves Lily feeling empty and sad. Her wise, tender grandmother suggests that they find ten beautiful things to admire on their long drive. There is a subtle shift in the mood as Lily starts to open her heart to the new landscape. The beautiful illustrations mirror the various emotions and energy of this touching story.


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 Children's Books about Moving Help Set Expectations

Children's books are a great tool to use when going through big life-changing events like moving to a new home. Reading about how the characters in the books adapt to changes can help alleviate the stress and fear of the unknown. 


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Tips to Help Children Adjust to Moving to a New Place

There are lots of  ways parents can help kids cope with moving to a new home, city, or state. Reading children's books about moving is a great place to start. This will open up a conversation about feelings and give parents an opportunity to address a child's insecurities. Perhaps reading kids' books about anxiety and worry  will give your little one tools to cope and provide reassurance that everything will be okay. Keep in mind that the adjustment will not be easy and may require a multi-pronged approach over a period of several months. Here are some additional pointers that have been beneficial for other families with young children who have moved. 

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Tip 1: Invite Your Child to Come Along When You House Hunt

 Take children along when you look for a new home. Point out all the fun features of a new house, like a swimming pool or a finished basement. Drive around the neighborhood and point out kids playing or riding bikes outside. Ask for your child's honest opinion about the house and listen to what they have to say about it. Encourage a balanced discussion about all the pros and cons. If children feel included in this part of the process, they will have at least a small sense of control and voice in the transition. 

house hunting 


Tip 2: Meet Some New People Before the Move 

A great idea is to reach out to some parents in the area over social media and arrange some meet-ups ahead of the move, if at all possible. Join a Facebook page for your new neighborhood and connect with people who have kids close in age to your own. If your children have a few acquaintances before they start at a new school, they will feel more confident. Another idea is to sign up for summer camps near the new neighborhood so your child can meet some friends before the school year begins. Read some kids' books about summer camp to help little ones prepare for the fun times ahead.


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Tip 3:  Tour the New School Before the First Day

One of the biggest anxieties children have to overcome involves navigating a new school building. Arrange a tour of the school ahead of time. Let your child visit a classroom, find the cafeteria, explore the library, and visit the gymnasium. Having just a bit of familiarity will make the first day so much easier on your child. Also, read children's books about the first day of school which share the stories about how other little ones overcome their jitters.


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Tip 4:  Explore the New Town, Eat at a Restaurant, and Visit a Park

Find a fun, new restaurant, walk through a nearby park, and do a little shopping around town. Go on a family bike ride to explore the neighborhood and discover new places. Grab some children's books about bike riding  to read about characters who make new friends by riding bikes together. Enjoy some quality time as a family in this new place. Talk about all the ways the new town is similar, and perhaps even better, than the one you are leaving. Discover fun places to eat, like the parlors described in kids' books about ice cream, and build routines around visiting these places before the move. If parents have a positive outlook on the move, their kids will eventually come around and maybe even get excited themselves. 


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Tip 5: Be Transparent About Why the Move is Necessary

Depending on the age and maturity of the child, transparency about why the move is required may help. Kids are oftentimes more capable of understanding real life pressures faced by parents.  If a parent loses a job and must relocate to find work, it's can be important to share this information. Also, if a financial event occurs requiring a family to downsize or move to a less expensive zip code, kids may benefit from hearing the truth. Equally important, if a parent has a great career opportunity in a new city, this event should be celebrated as a family. Include some kids' books about money that will help open a conversation about budgeting, saving, earning, and overall money management. 




Tip 6: Bring a Sense of Closure with a Going Away Party

Moving to a new home is a big milestone for a young child. Getting ready to move requires a lot of physical labor, but it's just as important to prepare your child mentally. Throwing a party with some special friends and neighbors is a great way to mark this event. It gives your child an opportunity to say "see you later" and sets a positive tone for the move. Make the party fun, upbeat, and celebratory. Ending this time in the current home on a positive note will set the stage for an easy transition. 




Tip 7: Time for a Bedroom Makeover

A wonderful way to create some positive energy around the move is by designing a special bedroom for your child in the new house. This may be complete makeover involving new furniture, lighting and accessories. Or, you may simply paint the walls a new color, arrange the furniture differently, and supplementing with a few new accessories. Make sure to maintain some degree of familiarity, like keeping the bedding the same, so that the room still feels like home. After the bedroom remodel is complete, read kids' books about sleepover parties and then plan a very special party for your own child in the new bedroom.


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