Moving to a new home is a big change and can be a stressful experience for the whole family.
While you are busy planning your house move, it’s easy to forget about how your children feel about moving. If it’s the first move that your child has experienced then it’s important to take the time to explain the changes that are happening.
If they’re not old enough to easily verbalize how they are feeling then these 5 children’s books to explain house moving are a great way to support your child and help them to understand and cope with moving house.
1. A New House
A New House by Jill Wenzel is a fantastic book to help children understand the changes that will be happening. It is packed full of excitement and guides children through what they will have to say goodbye to and what they will be saying hello to. There is also space for them to write down their thoughts and feelings.
2. Who Will Be My Friends?
Who Will Be My Friends by Syd Hoff is a good choice for children who are worried about making new friends. The book follows Freddy as he tried to find friends in his new neighbourhood before finally meeting some boys at the park who invite him to play baseball with them.
3. The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day
The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day by Stan & Jan Berenstain is the story of the Bear family’s move to their new house in Bear Country. This popular bedtime classic asks questions about what moving house is like and how to find new friends. A great book for little bears of all ages!
4. What About My Goldfish
What About My Goldfish by Pamela D Greenwood is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about a boy called Jamie who is moving home to a new city. Jamie is worried about the move but, with the help of his dog and beloved pet goldfish, soon adjusts to life in his new home.
5. I’m Not Moving, Mama!
I’m Not Moving Mama! By Nancy White Carlstrom follows the story of a little mouse that doesn’t want to move but is watching Mama Mouse pack up all his favourite things. It’s a great book to explain how exciting your new home will be, and your children will have fun joining in for the lines “I’m not moving, Mama!”