Stories about moving house (for children aged 7+)

The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley

Moving house can be a worrying time for children. Change can be daunting.

This selection of brilliant stories shows that even if you have nerves about moving, there are adventures to be had and new friends to meet once you're in your new home.

Picture books about moving house

  • Ella on the Outside

    Author: Cath Howe

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Ella on the Outside

    Author: Cath Howe

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Ella's going through a lot of changes - a new home, a new school, and a big family secret to keep under wraps. But how f…

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  • Birdsong

    Author: Katya Balen Illustrator: Richard Johnson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8-9

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  • Birdsong

    Author: Katya Balen Illustrator: Richard Johnson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8-9

    Annie has been silent and furious since she injured her arm in an accident. Can the blackbirds’ song help her get in touch with he…

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  • The House of Shells

    Author: Efua Traoré

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8-9

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  • The House of Shells

    Author: Efua Traoré

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8-9

    Kuki doesn’t have any friends at her new school, so when she meets Enilo at an abandoned beach house, she’s delighted. But what da…

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  • Ghosts

    Author: Raina Telgemeier

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Ghosts

    Author: Raina Telgemeier

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Cat is moving with her family to a new town in Northern California where the colder, wetter climate will be better for her sister …

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  • The Broken Dragon

    Author: Karen McCombie Illustrator: Anneli Bray

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Broken Dragon

    Author: Karen McCombie Illustrator: Anneli Bray

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    Tyra loves her new life with Nan but is anxious about starting a new school in case she doesn’t fit in. A heart-warming tale, desi…

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  • Windrush Child

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Windrush Child

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    This is the story of Leonard, who travels with his mother from Jamaica to England after the Second World War. Benjamin Zephaniah s…

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  • A Flash of Fireflies

    Author: Aisha Bushby

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9-11

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  • A Flash of Fireflies

    Author: Aisha Bushby

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9-11

    Hazel’s family is relocating from Kuwait to the UK and her parents have sent her on ahead to stay with Grant, her unconventional g…

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  • The Offline Diaries

    Author: Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené Illustrator: Tequitia Andrews and Ruthine Burton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Offline Diaries

    Author: Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené Illustrator: Tequitia Andrews and Ruthine Burton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Centred around some typical pre-teen issues, including friendship, loyalty, bullying and sibling relationships, the book also sens…

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  • The Christmas Carrolls

    Author: Mel Taylor-Bessent Illustrator: Selom Sunu

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Christmas Carrolls

    Author: Mel Taylor-Bessent Illustrator: Selom Sunu

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Holly and her family adore Christmas – but when they move house, they discover that not everyone is quite as obsessed. Can they fi…

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  • Swan Song

    Author: Gill Lewis

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Swan Song

    Author: Gill Lewis

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A young boy expelled for hurting a classmate is sent to stay with his Grandad in a tiny village, where he begins to find comfort i…

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  • October, October

    Author: Katya Balen

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • October, October

    Author: Katya Balen

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    October has a happy life living with her dad in the forest - but when Dad gets injured in an accident, she's forced to go and live…

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  • The Girl Who Became a Fish

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen Illustrator: Sojung Kim-McCarthy

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Girl Who Became a Fish

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen Illustrator: Sojung Kim-McCarthy

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    Despite being terrified of water, Ita feels strangely drawn to the nearby river and, when she ventures to put her hands beneath th…

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