Children’s Books About Moving
Children who must change schools, move to a new town, or find new friends will relate to these stories and their positive solutions
Moving to a new home can be a crisis for kids. The fear of a new school, a new neighborhood, and no friends can be traumatic. But there is help for parents. There are many children’s books about moving out there that will help you help explain things, add some fun and ease fears.
Here are just a few of the classic books about moving still available. You can explore these and many other terrific titles on Amazon or your favored bookseller. Let us know what titles helped you.
1. “Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” by Judith Viorst
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1995
Alexander is not going to leave his best friend Paul. Or Rachel, the best babysitter in the world. Or the Baldwins, who have a terrific dog named Swoozie. Or Mr. and Mrs. Oberdorfer, who always give great treats on Halloween. Who cares if his father has a new job a thousand miles away? Alexander is not — Do you hear him? He Means it! — going to move.
Alexander’s back, facing another of childhood’s trials and tribulations with Judith Viorst’s trademark humor and keen sense of what’s important to kids.
2. “The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day” by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1981
This is the story of the Bear family’s move to their now-famous tree house in Bear Country. Would Brother Bear like it? Would he find new friends? He wasn’t sure until he got there.
Kids can relate to his apprehension, and hopefully his positive change of view as moving day gets closer.
3. “A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle
Aladdin Paperbacks, 1987
Hermit Crab seeks the perfect home—and learns to appreciate change—in this Ready-to-Read edition of Eric Carle’s beloved story.
In this classic story from Eric Carle, Hermit Crab grows out of one house after another as he searches for the perfect home. Children who must change schools, move to a new town, or even graduate to a new grade in school will relate to Hermit Crab’s situation and take heart as they see that growing up isn’t really so scary after all.
Filled with whimsy and wisdom—and based on the true behaviors of the hermit crab—this modern classic features Eric Carle’s trademark vibrant collage illustrations and lively text that has been adapted into a Level 2 Ready-to-Read edition, making it ideal for newly independent readers.
4. “Tigger’s Moving Day” by Kathleen W. Zoehfeld
Oh, no! Tigger’s house is getting too small! Whenever he bounces, he knocks things over. Rabbit has the perfect solution. Tigger will have to move to a new house.
His friends aren’t as close to his new house, but they still come and visit. A story to help kids understand they’ll still be able to hold on to old connections.
5. “Goodbye House” by Frank Asch
Moonbear Books, 1989
This book is a terrific way to talk about moving with preschoolers. As the moving van waits outside, Bear says goodbye to each room in the empty house. What he learns is that it’s never goodbye forever for we carry our memories with us.
Other favorites include:
- “Big Dan’s Moving Van,” by Leslie McGuire,
- “Neville,” by Norton Juster,
- “Moving House (Usborne First Experiences),” by Mark Siegel,
- “I’m Not Moving, Mama” , by Nancy White Carlstrom,
- “The Leaving Morning (Theme 5: Home Sweet Home),” by Angela Johnston.
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