Best Kids Books About Moving

The Best 18 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.

A Kiss Goodbye book
#3
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.

Boomer's Big Day book
#4
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.

The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day book
#5
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.

Alexander, who's not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to move book
#6
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!

A Piece of Home book
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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.

The day you begin book
#10
The day you begin
Written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

Lenny & Lucy book
#11
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.

Ira Says Goodbye book
#12
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.

Chee-Kee: A Panda in Bearland book
#13
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.

I Like where I Am book
#14
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
#15
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.

Augustine book
#16
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.

Moving Day book
#17
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.

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.

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