Best Children's Books About Moving

The Best 29 Books to Help Your Child Through Moving

Updated Feb. 19, 2019

Moving can come with all sorts of different emotions: sadness, excitement, fear, anxiety, and more. One sure way to provide some comfort and reassurance, while providing a safe place to talk about feelings, is by reading together. To help you and your little readers through a move, we've gathered the best books on the subject of moving to be a comfort and help.

As E.B. White said, "A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book."

Little Home Bird book
#1
Little Home Bird
Written and illustrated by Jo Empson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is absolutely stunning! The colors and sweet illustrations totally make this book, even though I love the text, too. In this book, little ones will learn about the migration of birds, moving, and that home is where the people you love are, and there are a lot of wonderful places that can feel like home. :)

Little Bird loves everything about his home. He's surrounded by his favourite branch, his favourite food, his favourite view and his favourite music. Why on earth would he ever want to change, even when his brother tells him that they must? Discover how Little Bird ends up finding happiness in his new home from home in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Perfect for all children who love home, however many they may have.

Bella and Stella Come Home book
#2
Bella and Stella Come Home
Written by Anika Denise and illustrated by Christopher Denise
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

A story about a little girl and her imaginary friend going through a move, this book is fun, imaginative, and relatable! The storyline is great, and I think this book would be especially fun for a child who is moving themselves.

A little girl tries to reassure her favorite doll when they move to a new, and very different, home.

Andi Unexpected book
#3
Andi Unexpected
Written by Amanda Flower
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This story shows how grief is manifested in different ways, but how the two sisters and their guardian bonded together and strengthened one another in their difficult times. I also loved that the mystery was about Andi's family history and linked to the great depression, both of which are great topics for readers to learn about.

The first in a new middle-grade mystery series, in Andi Unexpected, twelve-year-old Andi Boggs, discovers evidence of her forgotten namesake, a missing relative, which leads her into a family mystery rooted in the Great Depression.

A Kiss Goodbye book
#4
A Kiss Goodbye
Written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Barbara Leonard Gibson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

This is a touching story that successfully captures the powerful emotions that can come with moving, even and especially the tender emotions of a child. Anyone going through a move will relate to Chester Raccoon's desire to stay in a familiar place with friends and things he loves. Hopefully Chester's experience will also help bring courage and a positive outlook to anyone struggling.

Chester Raccoon is very unhappy about leaving his home, a tree that has been marked by tree cutters, but his mother tries to convince him that their new home might be even better.

House for Hermit Crab book
#5
House for Hermit Crab
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

Hermit crab is growing and that means he must find a new shell. The shell he finds is quite plain, but during the course of a year, he invites many new sea friends to accompany him. Some add interesting colors to his shell, while others help protect him. A nice book from Eric Carle about adjusting to new situations and making the most of them.

Join Hermit Crab as he learns an important lesson about growing up: For every friend and adventure left behind, there are new ones just ahead!

Lost and Found book
#6
Lost and Found
Written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Mark Elliott
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The idea of having a twin and swapping places has always seemed intriguing, but Lost and Found does a great job demonstrating what such an experience might actually be like, along with teaching the valuable lessons of being honest and loving the family you have!

Twelve-year-old identical twins Jay and Ray have long resented that everyone treats them as one person, and so they hatch a plot to take advantage of a clerical error at their new school and pretend they are just one.

Boomer's Big Day book
#7
Boomer's Big Day
Written by Constance McGeorge and illustrated by Mary Whyte
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Moving day proves confusing for Boomer, a golden retriever, until he at last explores his new home and finds his own favorite and familiar things.

Alexander, who's not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to move book
#8
Alexander, who's not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to move
Written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The rest of Alexander's family is moving a thousand miles away, but there's NO way Alexander is going to leave his best friend, his favorite babysitter, or all the places and people he's known all his life. Even if he has to live in a tree house or a tent or a cave!

The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day book
#9
The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day
Written and illustrated by Jan Berenstain, Stan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The Bear family decides it is time to move to a larger house.

A Piece of Home book
#10
A Piece of Home
Written by Jeri Watts and illustrated by Hyewon Yum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I thought this book about a family that moves to a new country would be great for kids who go through the same experience, or who may have friends who have gone through something similar. It opens your eyes to what it might be like to have such an experience, as it's told through the eyes of a child. I thought the story was nice, though I think it's particularly good for those moving themselves or going through a similar transition.

"When Hee Jun's family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home. His eyes are not big and round like his classmates, and he can't understand anything the teacher says, even when she speaks s-l-o-w-l-y and loudly at him. As he lies in bed at night, the sky seems smaller and darker. But little by little Hee Jun begins to learn English words and make friends on the playground. And one day he is invited to a classmate's house, where he sees a flower he knows from his garden in Korea, "mugunghwa," or Rose of Sharon, as his friend tells him and Hee Jun is happy to bring a shoot to his grandmother to plant a "piece of home" in their new garden."--Provided by publisher.

Ella WHO? book
#11
Ella WHO?
Written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Sara Sanchez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Mom . . . there's an elephant in the living room. It's moving day--and look who slipped in the door: an elephant! But when a little girl tries to tell her family about their unusual guest, the distracted grown-ups just say, "Ella WHO?" Even as children giggle at the girl's adventures with the smallish pachyderm, and at the fun, recurring refrain, they'll relate to the poignant theme about making--and sometimes letting go of--new friends.

The Pig on the Hill book
#12
The Pig on the Hill
Written and illustrated by John Kelly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Enjoying a quiet life of books and lovely views from his hilltop home, a pig is dismayed to encounter an excessively friendly duck who builds an elaborate home obscuring Pig's window and who talks about his numerous athletic exploits. By the award-nominated co-creator of The Robot Zoo.

Lenny & Lucy book
#13
Lenny & Lucy
Written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can't help Peter. Scared of the things hidden in the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows. He stiches and sews. He pushes and pulls. And when he is done, he has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold. Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, Peter, and Harold discover that this new place isn't so scary after all.

Chee-Kee: A Panda in Bearland book
#14
Chee-Kee: A Panda in Bearland
Written and illustrated by Sujean Rim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Will Chee-Kee ever fit in? The Loo family has traveled very far to start a new life. For little Chee-Kee Loo, everything is strange--he looks and feels so different. But when some bears find themselves in a jam, Chee-Kee might be just the right panda to save the day. In this heartfelt and lovable story, meet Chee-Kee the panda, a one-of-a-kind in all the best ways.

Ira Says Goodbye book
#15
Ira Says Goodbye
Written and illustrated by Bernard Waber
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Ira is surprised to discover that his best friend Reggie feels happy about having to move to a new town.

I Like where I Am book
#16
I Like where I Am
Written by Jessica Harper and illustrated by G Brian Karas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The rhyming story of a six-year-old boy who is sad about moving to a new home but ends up being happy when he gets there.

The Good-Pie Party book
#17
The Good-Pie Party
Written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Posy Peyton and her friends are very sad that she will be moving away, but when they try to cheer themselves up by baking a pie, they realize that Posy's leaving does not have to mean saying goodbye.

Bad Bye, Good Bye book
#18
Bad Bye, Good Bye
Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Jonathan Bean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a family as they move to a new town.

Tooter Pepperday book
#19
Tooter Pepperday
Written by Jerry Spinelli and illustrated by Donna Nelson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Hating to leave her familiar surroundings, Tooter resorts to sabotage when her family moves from their suburban home to Aunt Sally's farm.

Moving Day book
#20
Moving Day
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

We're moving house! Who's going to help with the packing? What do we need to keep, and what can we give away? Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play, and is a crucial stage in a child’s development. Achieving a shared goal encourages a sense of responsibility, and develops many skills useful in later life. Simple conversational text and lively illustrations are carefully designed to encourage further dialogue between reader and child.

Augustine book
#21
Augustine
Written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Moving all the way from the South Pole to the North Pole isn't easy for the young penguin Augustine. Uprooted from her home, she misses her friends, her grandma and grandpa and her old bedroom. There are all kinds of unfamiliar faces at the North Pole, and everything looks strange and different. When it's time to go to her new school, Augustine gets cold feet. But with the help of a few colored pencils and some inspiration from Picasso, this shy, artistic young penguin discovers a way to break the ice with her classmates and feel at home on the other end of the world.

Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move book
#22
Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move
Written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Sucie Stevenson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

In Henry and Mudge's eighteenth adventure, Henry's cousin Annie is moving -- right next door to Henry! Annie likes Henry and Mudge, but she's nervous about leaving her friends, and about changing schools, and about what might happen to her things on the moving truck. She's so nervous she's broken out in blotches. But Henry knows just the thing for a bad case of nerves -- a snuggle under a blanket with a big dog like Mudge!

Moving to the Neighborhood book
#23
Moving to the Neighborhood
Written by Alexandra Cassel and illustrated by Jason Fruchter
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! A new family moves to town in this sweet board book based on a special episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Daniel Tiger is getting a new neighbor! Moving to a new neighborhood and starting at a new school can be scary, but with Daniel’s help, his new neighbor soon feels right at home. This sweet story is perfect for anyone who is moving to a new city, or for anyone who wants to be a good neighbor like Daniel! © 2018 The Fred Rogers Company

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street book
#24
The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street
Written by Lindsay Currie
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful read that Kirkus Reviews calls “just the ticket for a cold autumn night.” Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones. When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. And it involves a secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years. With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!

Anastasia Again! book
#25
Anastasia Again!
Written by Lois Lowry
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Anastasia is hesitant to accept new surroundings when her family moves, but she soon learns moving means not only saying good-bye, but also making new friends.

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