Have a move coming up with children? I feel you. We are packing everything we own into another moving van and moving from New York City to San Diego this month.
This is the fifth time we have done this since our twins were born.
The older they get the more we have found talking with them about our move and reading books about moving help them adjust to the idea.
One of my first stops after we find out we are moving is the library (although more and more of these books are finding their way into our permanent collection). I find books to be an incredibly wonderful starting point for important conversations.
When we found out our family was moving to Mississippi I started gathering books to read with our toddlers. When we moved from Mississippi to New York City I updated our faves list to include some books for early elementary schoolers as well. This is the list I’m using again for this move.
Here are our favorites.
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16 Best Children’s Books About Moving
1. We’re Movingby Heather Maisner
A simple story about a girl and her little brother who move to a new house. Good discussions about getting settled in a new house. 1+
2.Berenstain Bears: Moving Dayby Stan and Jan Berenstain
The story of how the Berenstain bears moved into their treehouse before Sister was born. Brother is worried about the upcoming changes, but they eventually get happily settled in their new house with delightfully welcoming neighbors. 2+
3.Bella and Stella Come Homeby Anika Denise
A beautiful story about Bella moving to a new home with her stuffed friend, Stella the elephant. Dreamy soft illustrations that mirror Bella’s worry as she bravely explores her new home. 2+
4.Bad Bye Good Byeby Deborah Underwood
Good book for little ones feeling sad about saying goodbyes. Simple and lovely illustrations with a good message about this difficult concept. 3+
5. Ned’s New Homeby Kevin Tseng
Ned is a worm and his home, an apple, is starting to rot. He goes off in search of a new home trying out a medley of fruit. A quirky, unique perspective look at finding a new home. 2+
6. Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine Houseby Libby Gleeson
This is a creative book that feels like a dream to me. A look at the loneliness and starkness of moving into a new home. Clancy moves to a new, bigger home that seems overwhelming. In his backyard he discovers a growing pile of boxes and with the help of a new friend begins to create something wonderful. 3+
7. Goodbye Houseby Frank Asch
I absolutely love this book for little ones. The bear family is moving to a new house. Everything is packed up, but Baby Bear feels like he is forgetting something. Room by room the family says goodbye to their home. A sweet book about saying goodbye to your home and the importance of remembering. 2+
8. Moving Mollyby Shirley Hughes
Oh the lovely Shirley Hughes. In MOVING MOLLY, Molly’s family relocates to a larger home and her parents are thrilled. Molly takes a little while to adjust and Shirley Hughes captures her transition in her usual honest and compassionate way. 3+
9. Boomer’s Big Dayby Constance W. McGeorge
This book tells the story of a move through the eyes of a dog. We loved the unique perspective and it also opened my eyes to how moving might appear through the eyes of a toddler. Boomer is confused about the chaos and movements of moving day, but ultimately finds a place to play, food to eat, and a safe place to sleep at the end of his busy day. 2+
10. Katie Movesby Liesbet Slegers
My kids were most concerned with what would happen to their stuff when we moved and I feel like this book addressed that fear really well. Love the suggestion of putting a picture of them on their box. 2+
11. What You Know Firstby Patricia MacLachlan
This is an extra book because it is more for older children. It is about a child pondering her move from the prairie west with her family. She is not sure she wants to leave and ponders where she could live if she stays behind. The message about remembering your first home is heartwarming and the language and illustrations are striking. 4+
12. The Invisible Stringby Patrice Karst
You may have heard of this bestselling children’s book before. It is an excellent story for addressing a range of issues including divorce, death, and fear of separation. The story about how you are always connected to those you love is also great for moving. One of children’s biggest concerns when they are getting ready to move is their friends. This illustration of how love and friendship are stronger than space, time, or anything else will be comforting to kids worried or upset about moving away from family and friends. 4+
13. Paper Planes by Jim Helmore and Richard Jones
Two friends love making planes together until one day one of them moves far away. Can a friendship exist with an ocean between them? How can they make planes together now? This book is about coping when friends move away. It’s also about keeping in touch. It is a whimsical, dreamy story will lovely illustrations and plenty of hearts….and planes. As a military family my kids have experienced more than their fair share of friend goodbyes. This book feels like it was written for families like ours.
14. Cherry Blossom and Paper Planesby Jef Aerts & Sanne te Loo
The opening line reads “Some friends are more than friends. They grow like twin cherries from the same stem.” It is the story of two friends who have to adjust to one of them moving away from their home in the country to the city. It is full of simple things like cherry pits and paper airplanes and the changing seasons but to me it felt alive and real. Good stories about moving always hold a special place in my heart because of our frequent moves and goodbyes to dear friends and this one has taken up a place alongside the others.
15. Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Awayby Meg Medina and Sonia Sanchez
As someone who has moved away from far too many friends, this really spoke to me. It is just a simple story about moving day and saying goodbye. The story spans a few hours, but it shows the connection between these two friends and their deep sadness in saying goodbye. It doesn’t try to solve problems or fix their pain, it just mirrors what any kid is feeling when they say goodbye to their best friend while ending with a small touch of hope. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful.
16. Rosa’s Songby Helena Ku Rhee and Pascal Campion
Coping with moving to a new place and being left behind when friends move away is a the heart of this story. These are experiences and feelings with which so many of us can relate. Imagination is what makes this story soar. When Jae bravely knocks on the door of his new neighbor’s apartment Rosa tumbles out with her vivid imagination, parrot and song. His story is told in words and illustrations that invigorate the senses. A heart filled story about the transient nature of our society, adapted to change, and the hope of new friendships.