May 13, 2009

Children's Books About Moving

Moving to a new house is a thrill, and will probably offer lots of benefits to your children if you have any: separate bedrooms, a bigger play area, maybe even the possibility of their first cat or dog.

Yet despite all that, your children  may not share your excitement at moving. As child and family therapist Debbie Essex told us when we were writing our book Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, "One of the reasons moving is tough on children is that they've usually had very little input into the process -- they just feel like their lives are being disrupted."

One way of helping kids deal with those feelings is to read them (or gently suggest they read) books about other children who've gone through the same thing. In fact, I'm told by a Berkeley librarian that such books get a lot of requests. We mentioned a few good books in our Nolo guide, but more are out there, even a few recently published goodies. Here's a list of some I've come across:

Plum Fantastic
, by Whoopi Goldberg and Deborah Underwood (Hyperion, 2008): Alexandra Petrakova Johnson moves from a small southern town to New York City, where her mother enrolls her in ballet lessons despite her wish to become a speed skater. She must learn to make new friends, conquer stage fright, and more. 

Aldo Applesauce, by Johanna Hurwitz (Puffin, 1989): Aldo, a fourth-grader and vegetarian from New York, adjusts to his family's move to a small town.

Anastasia Again, by Lois Lowry (Yearling, 1982): Fans of Anastasia Krupnik will enjoy watching her deal with her parents' move to the suburbs.

Mr. Rogers' Moving, by Fred Rogers (GP Putnam): I'm from the generation that watched Mr. Rogers so much that I can still sing "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood", so I have to trust this nonfiction, read-along guide for toddlers!

Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move, by Judith Viorst (Atheneum, 1998): The title says it all, at least until Alexander has said goodbye to all his favorite things and come around to the idea of moving.