Though my kids have never made a big move (when I say big, I'm talking moving long-distance away from friends and family), they have had to move from one house to another. It was hard on them. They missed their rooms and the familiarity of their surroundings. But it was minor compared to what some families go through. Now that my daughter is in 1st grade, I can't imagine a conversation telling her that she's going to move away from the home she's known for years, her family and her friends at school. If that's the situation your family is in, consider checking out books that were designed to help kids get through the stress of relocating. Here are some recommended books, listed by age.
Baby – Preschool
- Melanie Mouse's Moving Day
This illustrated story of Melanie Mouse on moving day is perfect for preschoolers as they prepare to move. Reading level: Baby-Preschool.
- Moving House
This series introduces very young children to dealing with moving for the first time. Reading level: Baby-Preschool
- We're Moving
This 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? Reading level: Baby-Preschool.
- A Brave Spaceboy: Moving Is an Adventure!
"Moving is scary, but not if you turn it into an adventure!" This book will surely make moving fun. Reading level: Ages 4-8.
A penguin and her family move away from the South Pole when Father Penguin takes a new job at the North Pole. Augustine has to go to a different school and is nervous about making friends. Reading level: Ages 4-8.
- The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day
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. Reading level: Ages 4-8.
- Elena's Big Move
Follow Elena along as she moves from Puerto Rico to Indiana. Help the kids make their own picture albums or scrapbooks to remember their home and friends like Elena did. Then start a new one for the new home as you make new memories. Reading level: Ages 4-8.
- I'm Not Moving, Mama
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. Reading level: Ages 4-8.
- Max's Moving Adventure: A Coloring Book for Kids on the Move
This is a story book that is also a coloring book with activity pages. Whether you're moving a short distance or a longer distance, kids will be reassured about the moving process as they learn to consider the fun possibilities of moving and living in a new location. Reading level: Ages 4-8.
- Moving Day
This book features a series of poems about a boy and his family moving to a new town. This illustrated story focuses on what gets left behind and how to move past those feelings of loss and looking forward to what's to come. Reading level: Ages 4-8.
- Pentelope Penguin and the Moving Day
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! Reading level: Ages 4-8.
- Saying Good-Bye, Saying Hello
: When Your Family Is Moving
Help your kids understand how to deal with those anxious feelings when it's time to move to a new home. Reading level: Ages 4-8.
- Big Ernie's New Home: A Story for Children Who Are Moving
Instead of feeling sad, young readers will be encouraged to discover new things in their new home and neighborhood. Reading level: Ages 9-12.
- Home Is Where the Heart Is
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. Reading level: Ages 9-12.
- Where is Bear-Bear on Moving Day?
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. Reading level: Ages 9-12.
- The Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
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 getting moved into a new place. Reading level: Ages 9-12.
- Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family's Transition to a New Home
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 adjusts to a new home.