We've selected a collection of stories on moving house and settling into unfamiliar places. Share these books to help with any worries or questions children may have when moving away from friends and family.

Sharing stories is a great way to explore challenging issues with children. Using gentle, age-appropriate picture books can help start conversations, encourage questions, reassure children that others have faced the same problems or give them a preview to an upcoming situation they may be worried about. 

Our librarians have gathered the best titles to create the Special times, special needs series of recommended reading lists, highlighting books to share with children and to support parents and carers.

Highlights from our booklist

When Amy’s family move, she is separated from her best friend Louis - until he discovers how to rebuild their special bond in Amy and Louis. In The red boat, Poppy feels lonely in her new house, but when she discovers a red boat in the garden something magical happens.

Lydia has to say goodbye to her grandmother when her family leaves for a journey to Oregon in Kisses on the wind, while Evie moves to the country with her dad in Where's home, Daddy Bear?

For a fun rhyming story, Bad bye, good bye follows a family as they move towns.

Stories about moving house

My new home by Marta Altes

Ella and Monkey at sea by Emilie Boon

Yard sale by Eve Bunting

The red boat by Hannah Cumming

Where's home, Daddy Bear? By Nicola O’Byrne

Ian is moving by Pauline Oud

Bad bye, good bye by Deborah Underwood

Mabel and Sam at home by Linda Urban  

Florette by Anna Walker

Amy & Louis by Libby Gleeson 

Clancy and Millie and the very fine house by Libby Gleeson 

A new room for William by Sally Grindley

Kisses on the wind by Lisa Moser 

Moving day! by Jess Stockham

Do you know Millie? by Gordon Winch

More recommended reading

To view booklists on a variety of subjects, visit Booklists from our librarians.