If you're planning a move with kids, then you know that one of the most difficult things your family will have to do is to change schools. This is particularly hard for preteens and teens who are moving away from friends and familiar teachers. These books have stories of kids of the same age who are making that transition. These books can open up communication, helping your kids move to a new environment and feel more secure in this big change.
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'We're Moving' (Ages 0-8)
Amy, a preschooler, doesn't want to move as she says goodbye to her best friend and to the garden she planted with her dad. After some time, she starts to feel better, putting her things into her new room, planting a new garden with her father and making new friends.
While the publishers suggest We're Moving! is suitable for children up to 8 years old, it's a little young for that age group and is best for kids under six years of age.
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'The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day' (Ages 3-7)
This is a great book for kids who are moving and one that explains moving in a language that little ones can understand. It also helps to start a discussion between parents and children and lets kids know that their move will turn out fine and will ease their worries.
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'Who Will Be My Friends?' (Ages 4-6)
This is a great book to give your child just before or after a move or if a new family has moved into the neighborhood. While this book doesn't focus on changing schools, Freddy teaches us what it is like to be new and discovers that meeting new people and new friends are not as difficult as he first thought.
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'Back to School, Mallory' (Ages 4-8)
Back to School, Mallory allows children who are experiencing new school blues to find a friend and ally in the heroine; also, because things keep going wrong for Mallory, children feel a little less fear of what might happen when they go to a new school. Instead, they can appreciate Mallory's emotional roller-coaster and be comforted knowing that the transition won't be perfect, but that in the end, like in the book, everything works out just fine.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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'Hey, New Kid!' (Ages 7-10)
This is a great book for kids who have to move to a new neighborhood and are starting a new school. Through the lies that Cody tells and the consequences of those lies, this book teaches children that it's best just to be yourself. It is another book that is perfect for children in second to fourth grade, and a great out-loud read.
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'Anastasia Again!' (Ages 9-12)
This is a great book for preteens who are in the process of moving. It addresses their fears and does so in a humorous and thought-provoking way. Young Anastasia also teaches the reader that people are not always what they appear to be. If you love this book, check out the other novels in the Anastasia series.
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'The Kid in the Red Jacket' (Ages 9-12)
In The Kid in the Red Jacket, the main character, Howard, must adapt to a new school, a new neighborhood, and the hardest of all—new friends. This book is a great read for young people who have to leave behind good friends and pursue new friends, all the while being chased by a first-grader. It is laugh-out-loud funny and highly recommended.