Whether it’s across the country or down the street, moving can be a tough transition for children, but it doesn’t have to be.
One way to help children understand and become excited about the change is by reading books that feature characters who are also moving. Children will be able to relate to the characters. Reading together will also allow you to have conversations based on each child’s level of understanding.
We’ve listed ten of our favorite books that will prepare your children for moving day and get them excited about their new home.
1. Henry and Mudge and Annie’s Good Move – This chapter book is great for early readers and appeals to both boys and girls. Henry, along with his dog Mudge, help comfort Annie and make sure all her precious belongings make it to her new home just fine. It has excellent reviews from parents on Amazon, who say it really helped ease their children’s fears about moving.
2. Tigger’s Moving Day – Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the story as the familiar characters from Winnie the Pooh come together to help Tigger move to a bigger home, where he will have more room to bounce. One review from Amazon says, “This book worked its magic just as I’d hoped it would! My 4-year old is less apprehensive about our move now.”
3. Bella and Stella Come Home – With the help of her imaginary friend, Bella comes to love her new home, especially when she sees that her neighbor will make a great new friend. Preschoolers – 2nd graders will be able to relate to the brave character in this book, which is available on Amazon.
4. Big Dan’s Moving Van – This book is especially relatable for children (toddlers – young readers), who are moving far away from their current home, and it also helps ease anxieties about what happens to their belongings (especially toys) during the moving process. You can also find it on Amazon.
5. A Kiss Goodbye -Young readers will love Chester Raccoon and how he says goodbye to his home and becomes excited about his new home. Parents and children alike will appreciate the beautiful illustrations. One review on Amazon says, “The subject matter is delicately handled with tenderness and easy for little ones to understand.”
6. The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day – The classic Berenstain family shows young readers that moving is not so bad as they pack to move to their tree house. It especially helps children understand their belongings and family will be going with them. This version on Amazon comes with stickers, which is always an added bonus for little ones.
7. Boomer’s Big Day – Although he is a dog, Boomer will soon become someone your children can relate to when it comes to moving day. His concerns and frustrations end in excitement as he realizes he loves his new home. The simple text and cute illustrations are perfect for both toddlers and preschoolers. You can also find it on Amazon.
8. Moving House – Usborne is known for their amazing children’s books. This particular book is praised for how it positively portrays moving day. One Amazon review says, “It introduces all the aspects of a major move, without the drama found in most other books.”
9. My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move – This is a one-of-a-kind workbook for children ages 5-11 and is also found on Amazon. It takes children through the entire moving process with great illustrations and engaging activities that will help them take control of their concerns and take action to make it more of an adventure.
10. I’m Not Moving, Mama! – In this story for young readers, a little mouse’s mother convinces him of what truly matters – being together. One Amazon review says, “Nancy Carlstrom’s mama mouse affirms the fears of her child while offering a future full of possibilities. The pictures are great, with lots of little details for young readers concerned about the transition.”
There are so many things a child can get excited about before they move – a new bedroom to decorate, more neighborhood amenities to enjoy, more friends, or a bigger backyard (just to name a few). We hope these books will help you start the conversations needed to prepare your children for this new experience.