5 children books to prepare them for the move

Moving internationally and having trouble explaining it to your children? Do they struggle to understand what it means “to move to another country” or “to leave home”? Tales and children stories can help!

A family move requires a lot of preparation, both practical and emotional. Searching for an international mover and packing your belongings won't be the only things you will have to deal with. Your children, your partner and you will leave home and move to a completely new place. How can you explain this to your children? Will they be excited about it? How can you prepare them for intercultural encounters?

We have gathered five excellent children books talking about moving abroad. Relocating is hard for everyone, especially for children but you can make it better with these friendly stories:

B at home

Third culture kids are children raised in a culture different from the one of their parents. And Emma, the hero of B at home is one of them. She is ten years old and is about to embark on a journey - her third move. She has mixed feelings (sadness, joy, stress) and she hopes that B, her lovely teddy bear will help her.  In this book, Emma – and the reader- will learn about the feelings of separation and how to “find home”, common in the processes of transition or during an international move.

My name is Yoon  and The Name Jar

Changing schools, especially when you have to adjust to a new culture isn’t easy. Many times, children just want to “fit in”, and they might be willing to give up some of their origins just to be accepted by their class. This is the main focus of the books My name is Yoon and The Name Jar.

In My name is Yoon, Yoon faces the challenge of learning how to write her Korean name in English. In Korean, she thinks her name looks beautiful, but when she tries to write in English, the letters just seem to stand on their own. It is then when she tries to use a different name – such as cat, bird or cupcake- when she is at school.

Unhei just moved to the US and she noticed that everyone struggles to pronounce her name. This is why, on her first school day, she asks her class to help her choose a new name for her. Her classmates tried to help her by adding some names in a glass jar one week but one of them discovered her real name and its lovely meaning. On the day of choosing her new name, the jar has disappeared. Then, her classmates encouraged her to use her Korean name.

I hate English

If your child needs to learn a foreign language from scratch, this is the right book. Mei Mei is a girl who has just relocated and she doesn’t like the new foreign language, English. She has a fear of forgetting her mother tongue, but little by little she starts to speak her, every time less hated, foreign language.

A ball, a book, and the butterflies!

An international move brings a lot of new experiences to children which might be sometimes hard to express in words. In order to start conversations with your child and make the new feelings emerge, tools such as the book A ball, a book and the butterflies! are a great help.

The book explains how a child feels during an international relocation, helping parents to be able to discuss their feelings with their children, helping them with the relocation process.

Do you need extra help in preparing your child for your international move? Don't miss our top tips for moving with children!