Boxed Up: Moving House

I can confidently say that nothing makes life feel so chaotic as moving. My recent move has been filled with blunders: from missing kitchen items to forgotten furniture to going to a store to buy a couch, mismeasuring the space in the living room, going home to remeasure the space in the living room, buying a couch, having the couch delivered, and then realizing the couch doesn’t fit through the living room door (as I write this, I finally have a loveseat in my living room). Some of these mistakes are frustrating or silly, but moving household is also a major shift in the life of a child. Children leave behind friends, communities, and the very place they’ve called home. Then they need to make new friends, find a community where they belong, and get used to a whole new house. I’m still not used to sleeping in my new bedroom.

Inspired by my recent move, here are recommended books from the Guide/Reviews Database for primary, intermediate, and older readers about moving household and the difficulties of adjusting to a new place that have been published in the last year and reviewed by the Horn Book. Do any of these books feel like they reflect your experience with moving? Are there any additional books that you wish were on these booklists? Share your thoughts in the comments below; for even more titles, browse the Guide/Reviews Database subject: Moving, Household.

Jake Koniszewski

Jake Koniszewski is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc., studying towards an MA/MFA in children’s literature at Simmons University. 

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