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Moving: Picture Books For Kids

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.

Alexander, who's not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to move book
#4
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
#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.

  1. Boomer's Big Day - 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.

  2. A Piece of Home - 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.

  3. Bad Bye, Good Bye - Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a family as they move to a new town.

  4. Augustine - 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
#10
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.

Teacup book
#11
Teacup
Written by Rebecca Young and illustrated by Matt Ottley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A boy must leave his home and find another. He brings with him a teacup full of earth from the place where he grew up, and sets off to sea. Some days, the journey is peaceful, and the skies are cloudless and bright. Some days, storms threaten to overturn his boat. And some days, the smallest amount of hope grows into something glorious. At last, the boy finds land, but it doesn’t feel complete . . . until another traveler joins him, bearing the seed to build a new home. With lyrical text and gorgeous artwork, this poignant picture book is perfect for discussing all of life’s toughest challenges—a big move, a divorce, long-distance separation, or even the current refugee crisis—in a way that’s reassuring and inspiring for children and adults alike.

Ice in the Jungle book
#12
Ice in the Jungle
Written and illustrated by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Ice’s mother tells her that they’re going to move to an exciting new place, Ice isn’t so sure. She likes her home and her friends, and the fun they have together. The journey takes forever, and their new home is very strange. Everything is different – the weather, the food, the people and the language. Ice tries to make friends, but everyone seems too busy and preoccupied to care.Will anything happen to help Ice feel more at home?A charming debut picture book about the anxieties and hardships of moving, with a heart-warming, positive ending.

The Pig on the Hill book
#13
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.

Ella WHO? book
#14
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.

  1. The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! 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. (This book is also available in Spanish, as El Día En Que Descubres Quién Eres!)

  2. Neville - Written by the acclaimed author of The Phantom Tollbooth, this Amazon Best Picture Book of the Year is a simply told story about a boy who moves to a new neighborhood and finds a unique way to make friends. With whimsical illustrations by award-winning illustrator G. Brian Karas, here is a read-aloud that's great for storytime, and is sure to be a hit among fans of Juster, Karas, and anyone who is "the new kid on the block."

  3. The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh - Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from happy sunny yellow to courageous red. He especially takes care with his patka--his turban--making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet's mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, everything just feels gray. Can he find a way to make life bright again?

  4. The Two Mutch Sisters - Ruby and Violet Mutch, a matched pair, have always collected things in pairs, but when their house will no longer hold everything, Ruby packs her things and moves out.

Lenny & Lucy book
#19
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.

Mabel and Sam at Home book
#20
Mabel and Sam at Home
Written by Linda Urban and illustrated by Hadley Hooper
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

At the new house, there were movers and shouting and boxes and blankets. There were many places a girl like Mabel and a boy like Sam could be tripped over or smooshed or trod upon. There was one safe place where they would not. And that is how Mabel became a Sea Captain. In this three-part picture book of moving house and imaginative play, Mabel and Sam sail the high seas of their new home; tour the intriguing museum of their living room; journey through outer space to the safety of their own beds; and discover how far afield—and how close to home—imagination can take them.

Where Is Home, Daddy Bear? book
#21
Where Is Home, Daddy Bear?
Written and illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

During a long journey from their old house to the new, Evie Bear asks her father many questions as he reassures her that home is much more than a place.

Mango Moon book
#22
Mango Moon
Written by Diane De Anda and illustrated by Sue Cornelison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a father is taken away from his family and facing deportation, his family is left to grieve and wonder about what comes next. Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband. Moving to a new house, missed soccer games and birthday parties, and emptiness are now the day-to-day norm. Mango Moon shows what life is like from a child's perspective when a parent is deported, and the heartbreaking realities they have to face, but Maricela learns that her love for her father is sustained even though he is no longer part of her daily life.

Maybe the Moon book
#23
Maybe the Moon
Written and illustrated by Frances Ives
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Maybe the Moon tells the story of Eric, a little boy who loves his life in his forest home with his animal friends for company. When he moves to the city, he sets about searching for happiness in a strange new environment. Eric's journey shows him that whatever the differences between people and places, we are all united and are never alone when we share the same moon. Frances Ives' beautiful illustrations bring to life this charming story that features a rhyming refrain to enchant both children and parents alike.

  1. Ogilvy - The clothes don't make the bunny in this new picture book from New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Underwood, illustrated by T. L. McBeth. When Ogilvy moves to a new town, the possibilities feel endless. There are so many new bunny friends and fun things to do together! But in this town, bunnies in dresses play ball and knit socks, and bunnies in sweaters make art and climb rocks. Ogilvy wants to do everything—and won't let a sweater or a dress get in the way.

  2. Bird, Balloon, Bear - A fresh and heartwarming new story from Il Sung Na about finding the courage to make a friend. Bird is new to the forest, and he’s looking for a friend. Bear could use a friend, too. But Bird is too shy to introduce himself. Just as he musters the courage to say hello . . . it’s too late! Bear has already found a friend: a bright, shiny red balloon. Has Bird missed his chance? From the acclaimed Il Sung Na comes a charming and beautifully illustrated story about courage, kindness, and friendship.

  3. Vincent Comes Home - Jessixa Bagley, author and illustrator of Laundry Day, Before I Leave, and Boats For Papa (winner of the 2016 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for best picture book text) and Aaron Bagley (illustrator of Rocking Fatherhood) have been drawing and writing together since they met in art school more than a decade ago. What started off as a courtship of doodling in sketchbooks and belching in lockers soon turned into a marriage of doodling in sketchbooks and belching with their son. Their artistic partnership is a balanced collaboration of overlapping their individual styles and painting techniques—creating one cohesive language. Vincent Comes Home is their first picture book together. And much like Vincent, they have moved around a lot but their home has always been each other.

  4. Ira Says Goodbye - 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
#28
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.

Before I Leave book
#29
Before I Leave
Written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

How do you say goodbye to your best friend? When a little hedgehog's family tells her they're moving far away, she and her anteater best friend decide to play one last time, like nothing is changing. And though it's hard, they discover that while some things have to change, the most important things find a way of working out.

Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me book
#30
Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me
Written by David Gutnick and illustrated by Mathilde Cinq-Mars
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Not long after arriving in North America from China, a young girl and her father bump into a kind old man at their local park. They have no idea that he has been teaching young people music for over fifty years. Mr. Mergler can hear music in a way that most of us can’t, and he knows this little girl has a talent that, with encouragement, will grow into something magical. He gives her a gift that will tie them together forever

Hannah Is My Name book
#31
Hannah Is My Name
Written and illustrated by Belle Yang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

"Based on her own immigration story, Yang’s offering is a winner — a spot-on depiction of the immigration experience in America." — KIRKUS REVIEWS It’s a long way from Taiwan to San Francisco, but Hannah’s family has made the journey because they want to make America their home. In America, Baba tells his daughter, people are free to say what they think, and children can grow up to be whatever they choose. As Hannah takes a new name, starts a new school, learns a new language, and adjusts to a new way of life, they all wait — and hope — for the arrival of the green cards that will assure they are finally home to stay.

I Like where I Am book
#32
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.

  1. A Farm for Maisie - Meet adorable sheepdog Maisie in this follow-up to the picture book phenomenon The SheepOver! When Maisie Grace the puppy arrives at Moonrise Farm, she's excited about her new home but overwhelmed by all the bustling activity around her. She learns about each animal's job: the chickens lay eggs, the pony pulls a cart for Farmer John, and the sheep make lots of soft wool for blankets and warm clothes. But what will Maisie's job be? With the help of older dog Laddie and her new friends, Maisie realizes how she can help--she's going to be a sheepdog! This charming story by John and Jennifer Churchman, featuring their photo-illustrations of the real animals on their bustling Vermont farm including fan favorites Sweet Pea from The Sheepover and Finn from Brave Little Finn, celebrates the joy of finding just where you belong.

  2. Clare's Goodbye - We all have our own way of saying goodbye. Libby Gleeson tells a poignant story about moving house and coming to terms with change. Evocative illustrations perfectly capture the range of emotions felt in saying goodbye to a much-loved house.

  3. How I Learned to Fall Out of Trees - Roger and Adelia are the very best of friends. They’ve spent many springtimes collecting birds’ nests, autumns jumping into piles of colorful leaves, and winters building snowmen. When the time comes for Adelia to move away, the two friends must say good-bye. But Adelia has one parting gift for Roger: She will teach him, once and for all, how to climb a tree. Lyrical and colorful, the narrative flips between Adelia’s instructions (“hold on tight,” “move up when you’re ready”) and her packing list (things they loved to play with, things they were supposed to throw away). By the time the moving van pulls up, Roger is ready to start his climb. But now, he’s afraid of “letting go.” In a sweet reveal, we learn that Adelia has left behind a soft landing, making sure that—for Roger—falling is the easiest part.

  4. Wagons Ho! - Two girls move from Missouri to Oregon—one in 1846 and one in 2011. One trip takes five months and the other five days. One trip is in a covered wagon, the other in a car. But both girls will miss their old homes and worry about the long trip. Both girls stop at well-known landmarks and travel the Rocky Mountains. And as each girl reaches her new home, she finds her new room and her new friends. Wagons Ho! is a unique look at both history and the concerns all kids have when moving to a new home.

Geraldine book
#37
Geraldine
Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Lilly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

No, no, NO! Geraldine is NOT moving. Not to this new town where she's the only giraffe. Not to this new school where she has no friends. Not to this new place, where everyone only knows her as That Giraffe Girl. But soon Geraldine meets Cassie, a girl who is just as much of an outcast as she is, and as time goes by, she realizes that being yourself and making one really good, unusual friend can help someone who literally stands out fit right in. Together, Geraldine and Cassie play by their own rules.

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