30 Books to Help Children Cope with Moving
Lots of energy goes into coordinating the logistics of an actual move – packing, preparing, and planning. But if you have children, you’re also likely to spend time answering lots of questions and calming fears. Whether you’re just moving to a new home in the same area, or moving long distance, your children will need some help coping with the changes. Books are a great way to help kids get through the stress of moving.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of popular kids’ books about moving, listed by age. Check with your library or local book store to find these books, or click through to our Amazon list to purchase any of these recommended books in one convenient spot.
Books about Moving for Baby – Preschool
Melanie Mouse's Moving Day by Cyndy Szekeres
This illustrated story of Melanie Mouse on moving day is perfect for preschoolers as they prepare to move.
Moving House: Miniature Edition by Anne Civardi
This series introduces very young children to dealing with moving for the first time.
We're Moving (First-Time Stories) by Heather Maisner
Maisner’s picture book series of stories and illustrations will help prepare young children for new situations, including moving to a new house. A new big yard is fun to play in, but what do you do when you miss your friends and the old house?
Goodbye House by Frank Asch
An adorably illustrated picture book, this book helps children cope with moving by showing them how to share memories and create spaces for new ones.
Moving Books for Kids Ages 4-8
Katie’s Big Move by Maria St. Inacio
This book includes beautiful illustrations that follow one child through her move, leaving behind her friends and familiar home to start life in a new house
My Family is Moving by Beverly D. Roman
This activity book will help children express their emotions, feeling, and fears about moving. It also includes some games that would be fun for the drive across country!
My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move by Lori Attanasio Woodring
This book walks children through the steps of moving, including saying goodbye, making new friends, and more.
Big Ernie’s New Home by Teresa Martin
Instead of feeling sad, this story inspires young readers to discover new things in their new home and neighborhood.
Little Critter: We Are Moving by Mercer Mayer
In this tale, the familiar Little Critter family walks you through their move, including how Little Critter deals with his fears and worries.
A Brave Spaceboy: Moving Is an Adventure! By Danna Smith
"Moving is scary, but not if you turn it into an adventure!" This book will surely make moving fun.
The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day by Stan Berenstain
The classic Berenstain Bear family is moving to a tree house in Bear Country. Brother Bear doesn't know what to expect and is nervous about finding new friends.
Elena's Big Move by Sarah M. Olivieri
Follow Elena along as she moves from Puerto Rico to Indiana. To accompany the book, you could help your kids make their own picture albums or scrapbooks to remember their home and friends just like Elena did. Then, start a new album for the new home as you make new memories.
I'm Not Moving, Mama by Nancy White Carlstrom
The story of a little mouse who doesn't want to leave on moving day. Children moving to a new home will relate to this story as the mouse's mother comforts his fears.
Max's Moving Adventure: A Coloring Book for Kids on the Move by Danelle Till
A story book that’s also a coloring book with activity pages, your kids will gain reassurance about the moving process as they learn to consider the fun possibilities of moving and living in a new location.
Moving Day by Ralph Fletcher
This book features a series of poems about a boy and his family moving to a new town. The illustrated story focuses on what gets left behind, how to move past those feelings of loss, and how to look forward to what's to come.
Pentelope Penguin and the Moving Day by Anna Franklin
Pentelope Penguin's family is moving to a new city and he will have to leave his best friends behind. Every child will be able to relate to Pentelope Penguin's big move in some way!
Saying Good-Bye, Saying Hello: When Your Family Is Moving by Michaelene Mundy
Help your kids understand how to deal with those anxious feelings when it's time to move to a new home.
The House that Wanted a Family by Susan Spence Daniel
This charming story is told from the perspective of a house who is sitting empty, waiting for a family. This will help your child see the new house as welcoming and warm.
Who Will Be My Friends? By Syd Hoff
Making new friends is a worry when moving. This kids’ book about moving explains how to make new friends in a new place.
Boomer’s Big Day by Constance W. McGeorge
In this book, the dog doesn’t understand what’s going on around him: his family is moving! Follow Boomer as he goes through confusion, anxiety, and finally delight in his new home.
Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move by Judith Viorist
If you’ve heard about Alexander’s “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day,” now you can follow his antics during his family’s move. He is pretty adamant that he’s not moving, but he figures it all out in this book.
Kids’ Moving Books for Ages 9-12
Home Is Where the Heart Is by Anne Mazer
Abby's parents have decided to move and their house is quickly put up for sale. Abby likes her neighborhood and has never lived anywhere else. She won't be moving far and won't have to change schools, but she still doesn't want to move into a new house!
Where is Bear-Bear on Moving Day? By Kim T. Lewis
This story of a young girl who can't find her favorite toy on moving day will help other young kids learn to deal with moving to a new place. They can always rely on their family and other support systems, such as familiar objects, to help adjust to change.
The Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide by Gabriel Davis
This book makes sure moving is a fun experience as it offers advice and activities to help you prepare, and may also be used as a scrapbook. Eight change-of-address postcards are included to send to friends and family. An address book, games, activities, and tips on packing, arranging your room, and making friends are all essential tools to successfully moving into a new place.
Moving Day by Meg Cabot
This novel is perfect for young readers. This kids’ book about moving follows Allie Finkel through her “my life is over” moments when her family decides to move.
My Moving Activity Journal by Nicole L.V. Jaeger
This book is a scrapbook, journal, and activity book in one! It has over 100 interactive activities to help young children deal with their move by journaling and exploring.
Remember When: My Life as a Military Child by Tanya Davenport Hair
If you’re looking for a children’s book for an upcoming military move, this book is ideal. It helps children document their life before they move, so they can take a piece of their old home with them.
Slurping Soup and Other Confusions by Tonges
If you are moving internationally, this book may help children understand differences in cultures and the challenges of international living.
Moving Journal for Kids by Janet Corniel
This book helps parents and children communicate during the move by showing children how to create a journal during their move.
Books about Moving for Parents
Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family's Transition to a New Home by Lori Collins Burgan
A basic guide for parents to help kids deal with the stress of relocating. Even though this one is for the parents, it's worth taking a look at to make sure you take the necessary steps in helping your whole family adjust to a new home.
Other Resources for Your Children during the Move
While the best kids’ books for moving can help your children deal with the change, you might need some additional resources beyond that. Check out these additional blog posts and articles to help you and your children get through the stress of relocating:
We’re always on the lookout for more helpful resources—if we left off a book about moving that helped your child, let us know what it is in the comments!