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Moving house can be a stressful experience, not just for adults, but for children too. The thought of leaving their friends, their familiar neighbourhood and even their bedroom can be anxiety provoking for many children.

That’s why there are countless children’s books on the subject. We can’t review them all but here are some of the best:

What About My Goldfish? written by Jennifer Plecas and illustrated by Pamela D. Greenwood

Jamie worries about moving to another city, but with the help of his dog and pet goldfish, he adjusts to his new home.

Moving House written by Anne Civardi and Michelle Bates, illustrated by Stephen Cartwright

This is part of a series of books to help children with new and unfamiliar experiences. It describes the process of moving to a new home, as the Sparks’ family packs, moves, unpacks, and meets their new neighbours.

Boomer’s Big Day written by Constance W. McGeorge and illustrated by Mary Whyte

Boomer’s ready for his morning walk but everything seems different today. His owners don’t rush out the door after breakfast as they normally do. And, most confusing of all, strangers arrive to pack all the things in Boomer’s house into boxes. There’s definitely something unusual going on.

Big Ernie’s New Home: A Story For Young Children Who Are Moving written by Teresa and Whitney Martin

Much like Boomer, Big Ernie (this time a cat) wakes up to find something unusual happening. When Big Ernie and Little Henry move to Arizona, Big Ernie misses home and feels very sad. With gentle assurances from Little Henry, Big Ernie learns to deal with being worried, mad, and a little sad about being uprooted and moved. He begins to feel at home in his new house, and soon he is ready for any new adventure.

The Berenstein Bears Moving Day written by Stan and Jan Berenstein

The Berenstein Bears might be old school but it’s still a great book. This book tells the story of the Bear family’s move to their new tree house in Bear Country. Would Brother Bear like it? Would he find new friends? He wasn’t sure until he got there.