Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Moving House: Books for kids

As I mentioned in my post about preparing children for a house move (here) one of the ways is to read stories with young children as a way to discuss their feelings and concerns.
My boys are HUGEEE Topsy and Tim fans so when we discovered "Topsy and Tim Move House" it was an instant addition to our collection.

Topsy and Tim: Move House (Ladybird)
Join Topsy and Tim as they prepare to move house with Mummy and Dad. In Topsy and Tim Move House, the twins are moving house but there is a lot of work to do. There are curtains to take down, toys to pack and pets to look after. It is an exciting time for Topsy and Tim, but Kitty, their cat, isn't quite so sure about the move...

But this got me thinking - what other books are there around?
Here's some of the ones we found - perhaps you have some other tried and tested suggestions?

Moving Molly (Red Fox Picture Books)
Molly wished that they had a real garden, big enough to play in so she is really pleased when they move into a house with fields behind it, but soon she starts to miss the passers-by in their old busy street. Then she discovers that the next-door garden is full of adventure.  

Moving House (Usborne First Experiences)
Designed to introduce young children to unfamiliar situations in an amusing and friendly way. Features Stephen Cartwright's delightful illustrations, providing lots to look at and talk about. An ideal starting point for young children and adults to discuss first experiences. 

The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day (Berenstain bears first time books)
This is the story of the Bear family's move to their now-famous tree house in Bear Country. Would Brother Bear like it? Would he find new friends? He wasn't sure until he got there

Moving Day! (Helping Hands)
We're moving house! Who's going to help with the packing? What do we need to keep, and what can we give away? Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play, and is a crucial stage in a child’s development. Achieving a shared goal encourages a sense of responsibility, and develops many skills useful in later life. Simple conversational text and lively illustrations are carefully designed to encourage further dialogue between reader and child.

The House That Wanted a Family
The House that Wanted a Family is a unique and charming story told from the perspective of a house. The house is for sale and sits empty, waiting for a family. It’s a book you’ll want to read again and again…to a child or yourself. The house will be waiting

My Funny Family Moves House
It's a tight squeeze as usual in the Butterfield house, and with baby Will's stuff taking up all the room it's getting even worse. Lucinda's house has ten times more room for her family than the squished Butterfields have! Mattie's Worry List gets bigger when Mum seems to be unhappy, and wants to move house. But moving house would mean moving schools - Mattie's worst Worry List come true!

Big Ernie's New Home: A Story for Children Who Are Moving
For young children, moving to a new home presents a unique set of challenges. While older children grasp the concept of permanent change, preschoolers may not until they have been in their new surroundings for several days or weeks. They experience a move on a very sensory level, reacting to changes in sights, smells, sounds, and climate. And while they may not be leaving a school or friends, they are leaving a familiar community and routines that must be rebuilt in their new environment. "Big Ernie's New Home" gently affirms the normal sadness, anger, and anxiety that young children feel after a move. And as Big Ernie gradually discovers familiar comforts and exciting adventures in his new home, young readers may be encouraged to do the same in theirs. In an extensive Note to Parents, Dr. Jane Annunziata discusses the feelings that young children face when moving and offers a wealth of suggestions for smoothing their adjustment.

Goodbye House (Moonbear Books)
Bear is sad to bid farewell to his empty house, but he finds many happy memories to be treasured for the future in each vacant room.

New Kid in Town
Mouse is the New Kid in Town. He's really excited about his new home, but all the other animals keep warning him about the most dreaded... the most ugly... the most hungry... BIG WOLF who lives at the top of the hill! Mouse can't believe that Wolf is all he's cracked up to be, so he sets off to find out the truth.

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