The Best Books to Help Children with Moving House
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The Best Books to Help Children with Moving House

by Bishop's Move, 06 March 2014

It's World Book Day! And whilst many of us have been rushing around to find fancy dress costumes for our children so that they can dress up as their favourite fictional character, the idea that reading is amazing and a brilliant pastime should not be forgotten. Reading is also an excellent way to prepare children of all ages for times of change in their young lives, such times as moving house.

Moving home can be an extremely exciting time, but it can also be a time of uncertainty - especially for children. Older children will be unsure of leaving their friends behind, if they are moving further afield and younger children can just find the whole process quite bewildering. Here are some of the best books to help kids cope with moving house:

Moving House - Usborne First Experiences

Moving House - by Usborne First Experiences

Age 0-8 Years

This beautifully illustrated book is suitable for very young children by gently introducing them to the process of moving house. There is lots to see and look for in the pictures and the story has an amusing element making the whole concept of moving house fun. There is also a sticker book version - for a little more interaction.

We're Moving - Heather Maisner

We're Moving - by Heather Maisner, Houghton Mifflin Company

Age 0 - 7 Years

A delightful book about Amy, a pre-schooler, who doesn't want to move as it will mean she will have to say good-bye to her best friend as well as leave the garden she planted with her dad. The illustrations are lovely to look at and the story will encourage younger children to talk about their feelings and any concerns that they may have about moving house.

Berenstain Bears - Moving Day

Berenstain Bears' Moving Day - by Random House, Incorporated

Age 3- 7 years

Many children are already aware of the Berenstain Bear stories and so will easily associate with the characters, in particular Brother Bear. The book raises some of the fears that children may have about moving house but all turns out for the best in the end - which is great for re-assuring younger children about moving day.

Moving Molly - Shirley Hughes

Moving Molly - by Shirley Hughes (Red Fox Picture Books)

Age 2 - 7 Years

A lovely book for young children about missing your previous home once the novelty of moving house is over - but there are adventures to be had in next-door's garden! A good book to read to young children or give to early readers to have a go themselves.

Moving House First Times

Moving House (First Times) - by Rebecca Hunter

Age 2 - 8 Years

A clever book that explores the whole "first time" experience of moving house with specially commissioned photographs to support the narrative. There is also 2 levels of text so that early readers to join in, or simply look at the pictures and be read to.

The Moving Book - A Kids Survival Guide

The Moving Book - A Kids' Survival Guide - by Gabriel Davis (First Books Inc)

Age 8 -12 Years

A great book about moving house for older children (approximately 8-13 years). This comprehensive guide is extremely organised and helps to prepared kids to move house. It deals with everything from how to cope with any anxieties that they may have to how to keep in touch with friends they are leaving behind.

The Mission of Detective Mike : Moving Abroad

The Mission of Detective Mike : Moving Abroad - by Simone T. Costa Eriksson 

Age 5-9 Years

This book is perfect for expat families intending on moving abroad. It deals with a child's concerns and fears about moving to another country, what will happen to his toys, as well as about learning the language. Written by both a psychologist and expatriate!



And remember - moving house can be one of the biggest adventures you and your children may have. Maybe one that is even worth writing about!


by zoekaitlyn, 14 April 2014

This beautifully illustrated book is suitable for very young children by gently introducing them to the process of moving house.

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