Picture books for children in preschool—second grade
(This list also includes books about "when your best friend moves away." )
The Sleeping Porch / Karen Ackerman
A rainstorm forces a family from their leaking first house onto the sleeping porch where they enjoy the summer night.
Brownies, they’re moving / Gladys L. Adshead
Brownies help old Grandmother and Grandfather to move to a new home.
Goodbye house / Frank Asch
(paperback- j E-pb A)
Little Bear says goodbye to all his favorite places in his old house before moving to a new home with his family.
The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day / Stan Berenstain
The Bear family decides it’s time to move to a larger house.
When Marcus Moore moved in / Rebecca Bond
Marcus is lonely on his first day in the new neighborhood, but then he makes a good friend.
Horrible Hannah / Barbara Bottner
Lucy and Toby think the “Watch out for Horrible Hannah” sign on the neighbor’s yard refers to the new girl next door.
Rosa's room / Barbara Bottner
Rosa searches for things that will fill her room in her new home, but it feels empty until she discovers exactly what is missing.
A new home / Tim Bowers
(beginning reader -j Er PRIMER BOWERS)
Matt the squirrel has a new home, but misses his old friends.
Nice New Neighbors / Franz Brandenberg
(beginning reader -j Er BRANDENBERG )
The Fieldmouse children find a way to make new friends when they move to a new house.
My neighborhood : places and faces / Lisa Bullard
Libbie gives a tour of her neighborhood to a boy who just moved next door.
Lost and found house / Michael Cadnum
A young boy describes how he and his parents feel when they move to a new house in a new town.
Best Cat Suit of All / Sylvia Cassedy
(beginning reader - j Er CASSEDY)
Only the visitor wearing the best cat suit of all can cheer up Mike, who is in a new place for Halloween and must stay in because he is sick.
On Meadowview Street / Henry Cole
Upon moving to a new house, young Caroline and her parents grow wildflowers in their yard, which soon has the whole suburban street living up to its name.
The Louds move in! / Carolyn Crimi
After their new, very loud neighbors go away on a trip, the people in the now quiet neighborhood find they miss the boisterous, friendly family.
Where's Jamela? / Niki Daly
When Mama gets a new job and a new house, everyone is excited about moving except Jamela who likes her old house just fine.
Ella the Elegant Elephant / Carmela D'Amico
When Ella wears her grandmother's good luck hat to her new school the other students tease her until the hat proves how lucky it really is.
Leaving home with a pickle jar / Barbara Dugan
Ernest hopes that taking his grasshopper with him when he moves to Minnesota will help him feel better.
Fishing / Diana Engel
In her new town, Loretta misses her fishing outings with her Grandfather, but when she decides to fish by herself one afternoon, instead of a fish she catches a new friend.
Time to go / Beverly Fiday
A child says good-bye to his farm home.
Spirit of Hope / Bob Graham
When they are forced to move from their beloved home, the
Fairweather family decides upon an unusual and happy solution to their housing crisis.
Teddy Bears’ moving day / Susanna Gretz
(paperback- j E-pb G)
All the Teddy Bears –even grumpy Robert –survive a hectic moving day.
A new room for William / Sally Grindley
When William and his mother move, he is unhappy about having a new room, but he changes his mind after he gets dinosaur wallpaper and makes a new friend.
I like where I am / Jessica Harper
A six-year-old boy is sad about moving to a new home, but is happy when he gets there.
Good-bye, Hello / Barbara Shook Hazen
As an urban child moves to s suburban neighborhood, he finds that for all the sadness in ‘goodbye’ there is an equal happiness in ‘hello.’
Who will be my friends? / Syd Hoff
(beginning reader – j Er HOFF)
A boy makes new friends on the baseball field.
The Crooked Apple Tree / Eric Houghton
Although they are disappointed with the crooked tree in their new yard, Kate and Ben soon discover it holds a years worth of fun.
Moving Molly / Shirley Hughes
Molly’s new neighbors help her adjust to her move from the city to the country.
The Potter’s Kitchen / Rachel Isadora
In their new house, the Potter family’s kitchen is filled with friends and family just as it was in the house they left behind.
I’m not moving / Penelope Jones
Five-year-old Emily doesn’t want to move so she tries to find someone in her neighborhood to take her in.
Moving Day / Robert Kalan
A hermit crab tries several different shells before finding the one that fits just right.
Nini here and there / Anita Lobel
Nini the cat fears that her owners are going on vacation without her, but really they are all moving to their new home.
Helpin’ Bugs / Rosemary Lonborg
At her new house, Hanna makes a new friend who likes “helpin’ bugs.”
What you know first / Patricia Maclachlan
A girl reflects on all the things she loves about the farm she is about to move away from, so that when her baby brother is older she can tell him what it was like.
We're moving! / Heather Maisner
Amy and her family move into a new house, and soon it looks like home.
Boomer’s Big Day / Constance McGeorge
When Boomer, a golden retriever, explores his new home he finds his own favorite and familiar things.
(also paperback- j E-pb M)
A mezuzah on the door / Amy Meltzer
Noah misses his noisy city neighbors and friends when he moves to the suburbs, and is glad when they all come and dedicate his new house as a Jewish home.
Zuzu's wishing cake / Linda Michelin
When Zuzu smiles at the new boy next door and he does not smile back, she makes different gifts that she thinks will make him happy.
Maggie Doesn’t Want to Move / Elizabeth O’Donnell
Simon pretends it is really his baby sister Maggie who doesn’t want to move, but they both change their minds when they see their new community.
Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong / Frances Park
When her family moves to America, Jangmi finds it hard to say goodbye to relatives and friends and the other beautiful things in her Korean home, but she is happy to find many beautiful new friends and things in her American home.
Goodbye to Griffith Street / Marilynn Reynolds
John finds a special way to say goodbye to his friends on Griffith Street in a small mining town in the mid-1940s.
Moving / Fred Rogers
Mr. Rogers describes all the emotions that accompany moving.
Moving / Michael Rosen
A family’s cat narrates this story of its move to a new home with its family.
Henry and Mudge and Annie’s Good Move / Cynthia Rylant
(beginning reader - j Er RYLANT)
Henry and Mudge help calm Annie’s fears when she moves in next door.
The Big Hello / Janet Schulman
(beginning reader -j Er SCHULMAN)
A little girl adjusts to her new life in California with the help of her doll.
Circus train / Jos. A. Smith
After moving to a house in the country, Timothy wonders how he will make any friends, but his problem is solved when he finds an imaginative way to rescue a stranded circus train.
Seeds / George Shannon
Warren misses his gardening friend and neighbor, but their separation inspires each of them to create something new and wonderful.
No friends / James Stevenson
Mary Ann and Louie listen to Grandpa reminisce about the new friends he and his brother made when they moved to a new neighborhood.
Lily / Abigail Thomas
Lily the dog is scared and upset when the moving men come and take everything familiar away.
Moving Day / Tobi Tobias
A small girl and her teddy bear move to a new house.
Alexander, who’s not (do you hear me? I mean it!) going to move / Judith Viorst
Angry Alexander refuses to move away if it means having to leave his friends and special places.
(also in paperback- j E-pb V)
One nosy pup / Carol Wallace
After moving to a new house, Poky the beagle befriends Charlie the hamster, who was accidentally left behind by the previous owners.
Did you see Chip? / Wong Herbert Yee
(beginning reader- j Er Y)
After moving to the city, Kim makes some new friends while looking for her lost dog.
A Tiger Called Thomas / Charlotte Zolotow
Thomas is shy about making friends in his new neighborhood until he wears his tiger costume on Halloween.
We are best friends / Aliki
A boy new to the neighborhood befriends a boy whose best friend just moved away.
(also paperback- j E-pb A)
Franklins’ Bad Day / Paulette Bourgeois
(paperback- j E-pb B)
Franklin realizes that his good friend Otter is only a phone call or letter away.
My best friend moved away / Nancy Carlson
When a lonely girl wonders if she will ever have as good a friend as the girl who moved away, a new girl and her dog move in next door.
When William went away / Sally Davies
After his best friend Williams moves away, Matthew is happy to discover that someone new has moved into William’s old house.
I am running away today / Lisa Desimini
A cat decides to run away after his best friend moves, but changes his mind when a new friend moves in next door.
Half a world away / Libby Gleeson
When Louie's best friend Amy moves to the other side of the world, Louie must find a way to reconnect with her.
Pinky and Rex and the New Neighbors / James Howe
(fiction – j HOWE- grades 1-3)
Pinky and Rex are upset to learn that their neighbor and friend is moving and a new boy named Ollie is set to move in.
Ira says goodbye / Bernard Waber
Ira is surprised when his best friend feels happy about moving to a new town.
Look for these and other great books at
The Children's Library
Mt. Lebanon Public Library
16 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15228