Thematic Reading List: Moving Day
Whether a family is moving down the street or across the ocean, moving can be a challenging experience. This collection of books is for children ages 8-12 who are going to be moving soon or are adjusting to a new city and new life.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni
|The Kid in the Red Jacket
By: Barbara Park
When ten-year-old Howard has to move with his family to a distant state, he is forced to live on a street named Chester Pewe, adjust to a new school, and get used to being shadowed by the little girl in a nearby house.
|Back to School, Mallory
By: Laurie B. Friedman
Illustrated by: Tamara Schmitz
After moving, eight-year-old Mallory struggles with being new at school, especially because her mother is now the music teacher and director of the third-grade play.
|Lost and Found
By: Andrew Clements
Illustrated by: Mark Elliott
Twelve-year-old identical twins Jay and Ray have long resented that everyone treats them as one person, and so they hatch a plot to take advantage of a clerical error at their new school and pretend they are just one.
By: Raina Telgemeier
Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis–and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.
By: Lois Lowry
Anastasia is hesitant to accept new surroundings when her family moves, but she soon learns moving means not only saying good-bye, but also making new friends.
|The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day
By: Stan & Jan Berenstain
The Bear family decides it is time to move to a larger house.
|Who Will be my Friends?
By: Syd Hoff
Freddy moves to a new community, where he makes many new friends.
|Hey, New Kid!
By: Betsy Duffey
Illustrated by: Ellen Thompson
Third-grader Jeremy dreads going to a new school when his family moves, so he decides to reinvent himself, hoping his new classmates will be impressed.
|Amber Brown is Not a Crayon
By: Paula Danziger
Illustrated by: Ellen Thompson
The year she is in the third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state.
|The Deadlies: Felix Takes the Stage
By: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated by: Stephen Gilpin
Having been discovered, a family of poisonous but friendly brown recluse spiders must flee their cozy home in a symphony hall and go searching for a new place to live.
By: Meg Cabot
Nine-year-old Allie Finkle has rules for everything and is even writing her own rule book, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town, which will mean a new house, school, best friend, and plenty of new rules.
|A Long Line of Cakes
By: Deborah Wiles
Aurora County, Mississippi, is only the latest stop on the Cakes’ nomadic lifestyle, opening bakeries where ever they go; but Emma Alabama Lane Cake (only girl of the six Cake children) is sick of it, and determined not to form any friendships here because they will just disappear as soon as the family moves again–but Aurora County has other ideas, and so does a girl named Ruby Lavender who plans to teach Emma a thing or two about friendship.
By: Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by: Tammie Lyon
When Katie Woo’s family moves, she is sad about leaving her room to a stranger, and even more concerned that the new house will never feel like home.
By: Mark Harshman
Illustrated by: Wendy Popp
As he and his parents prepare to move from the country to the city, a boy shares memories about the old house they are leaving and his worries about their new home.
|Tim’s Big Move
By: Anke Wagner
Pico, a stuffed dog, worries that he will not like the new house when his owner tells him they are moving to a new town.
|We are Moving
By: Mercer Mayer
When Mom and Dad tell Little Critter they have exciting news, he thinks they mean getting a dog–not moving to a new house! Will he be able to bring his sandbox? What if he has to go to a new school full of bullies? What if his new next-door neighbors are monsters? Eventually, Little Critter learns moving is not so bad after all.
|See You Later, Alligator
By: Sally Hopgood
Illustrated by: Emma Levey
A friendly tortoise stops to say good-bye to so many friends that he might miss his opportunity to leave for his big adventure.
|The Good-Pie Party
By: Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
Illustrated by: Kady Macdonald Denton
Posy Peyton and her friends are very sad that she will be moving away, but when they try to cheer themselves up by baking a pie, they realize that Posy’s leaving does not have to mean saying goodbye.
|A New House
By: Melanie Joyce
Fred, Jess, Arthur, and Betty pack their belongings and move to a new house.
|Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move
By: Judith Viorst
Illustrated by: Robin Preiss-Glasser
Alexander is not going to move. His mom, dad and two brothers are packing for the move, but Alexander insists he will not join them. He reluctantly says goodbye to his favorite people and favorite places, and finally comes around. The story is told entirely from Alexander’s point of view, in a stream-of-consciousness dialogue.