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If you're planning a move and have kids, then you know that one of the most difficult things your family will have to do is to change schools. This is particularly hard for preteens and teens who need to transition from a place where they have friends, know their teachers and are happy where they are. If you're having a hard time communicating with them about this change, check out this list of books that will help your kids move. With stories built around kids their own age who are also making the transition from a familiar place to a new environment where they might feel lost.

1. Back to School, Mallory: Ages 4-8

Go Back to School, Mallory allows children who are experiencing new school blues to find a friend and ally in the heroine; also, because things keep going wrong for Mallory, children feel a little less fear of what might happen when they go to a new school. Instead, they can appreciate Mallory's emotional roller-coaster and be comforted knowing that the transition won't be perfect, but that in the end, like in the book, everything works out just fine.

2. Who Will Be My Friends? Ages 4-6

This is a great book to give your child just before or after a move or if a new family has moved into the neighborhood. While this book doesn't focus on changing schools, Freddy teaches us what it is like to be new and discovers that meeting new people and new friends is not as difficult as he first thought.

3. We're Moving! Ages 0-8

Amy, a preschooler, doesn't want to move as she says good-bye to her best friend and to the garden she planted with her dad. After some time, she starts to feel better, putting her things into her new room, planting a new garden with her father and making new friends.

While the publishers suggest We're Moving! is suitable for children up to 8 years old, I think it's a little young for that age group. I think it's best for kids under six years of age and for this age group, I highly recommend it.

4. Anastasia Again! Ages 9-12

This is a great book for young adults who are in the process of moving. It addresses their fears and does so in a humorous and thought-provoking way. Young Anastasia also teaches the reader that people are not always what they appear to be. If you love this book, check out the other novels in the Anastasia series!

5. Hey, New Kid! Ages 7-10

This is a great book for kids who have to move to a new neighborhood and are starting a new school. Through the lies that Cody tells and the consequences of those lies, this book teaches children that it's best just to be yourself. Another book that is perfect for children grades two to four, and a great out-loud read!

6. The Kid in the Red Jacket: 9-12

In The Kid in the Red Jacket, the main character, Howard, must adapt to a new school, a new neighborhood, and the hardest of all - new friends. This book is a great read for young adults who have to leave behind good friends and pursue new friends, all the while being chased by a first-grader.

Laugh-out-loud funny! Highly recommended.

7. Twilight: Young Adult

I'm sure there isn't a teen left who hasn't read Twilight or watched the movie series, but it's still worth a mention here, just in case you're one of those teens. Although this book's primary theme isn't really about Isabella's move, there is a theme of fitting in and some of the issues that arise when a teen moves to small town. Primarily, this is a teen romance that I've been told keeps readers up all night.

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