Books to Help Your Kids Deal With the Big Move
May is National Share a Story Month in the UK. An annual celebration of the power and magic of storytelling organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, providing a fantastic opportunity to fulfil the core aim of the FCBG of bringing children and stories together. Across the country, Federation book groups and individuals run a whole host of events.
It is a wonderful opportunity for families to share stories and books and read and write together, particularly important. Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future, plus it’s a lovely thing to do.
Moving to a new home can be magic as a story. Still, it can also be particularly difficult for children, especially if the move also means uprooting them from a school and a comfortable circle of friends. As a parent, though, there are plenty of ways you can help soothe your kid’s fears and concerns during the moving process.
One way to do this is by telling them stories about moving or reading positive and uplifting children’s books that explain the experience of relocating to a new home. So, to mark the National Share-a-Story Month, here are some of the children’s books that will successfully help your children deal with the anxiety and sadness often associated with moving away to a new home.
by Usborne First Experiences
This beautifully illustrated book is suitable for very young children by gently introducing them to the process of moving house. There is a lot to see and look for in the pictures, and the story has a fun element making the whole concept of moving house fun. There is also a sticker book version for a little more interaction.
by Heather Maisner
A book about Amy, a pre-schooler, who doesn’t want to move as it will mean she will have to say goodbye to her best friend and 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.
The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day
by Stan and Jan Berenstain
This beloved children’s book has been helping kids with the trials and tribulations of moving for years. When Mama and Papa decide to move, Brother bear must prepare for relocation from their beautiful mountainside to the family’s new treehouse. The story’s iconic Berenstain bear characters are sure to make this children’s book a hit with your kids.
My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home
by Lori Attanasio Woodring
Workbook for kids ages 5 to 11 years. The step-by-step guide will help children manage different aspects of the moving process, such as saying goodbye, making new friends and dealing with the different emotions that come with moving to a new place.
The Good-Pie Party
by Liz Garton Scanlon and Kady MacDonald Denton
If your child is particularly sad about leaving their friends behind, this children’s book will help show them how to deal with sad emotions appropriately. The story centres around three friends, Posy, Megan and Mae. When Posy learns she must move away, her friends come together to throw a goodbye party for her. The book is written for kids ages 5 to 8.
The Moving Book – A Kids’ Survival Guide
by Gabriel Davis
A great book about moving house for older children (approximately 8-13 years). This comprehensive guide is highly organised and helps to prepared kids to move house. It deals with everything from coping with any anxieties that they may have to how to keep in touch with friends they are leaving behind.
by Jess Stockham
Make packing boxes part of the play experience on moving day with this handy children’s book. The book makes packing fun and teaches children what to keep and what to toss.
Moving House (First Times)
by Rebecca Hunter
Clever book that explores the whole first time experience of moving house with specially commissioned photographs to support the narrative, with 2 levels of text so that early readers can join in or simply look at the pictures and be read to.
Contact me today and see how I can help you with your home and move.
Liana Loporto-Browne MNAEA President.
020 8265 5028