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Relocation books for military children

Relocation resources for military children & teens

Coloring pages
Beth Allen of Troops in Touch (TM) has created free coloring pages for military children that deal with moving. Available for download here on Operation We Are Here.

Military OneSource
Military Youth on the Move
Check out the videos, articles and more geared to military kids and teens.

Rezilient Life
A Christian ministry of the American Bible Society and Club Beyond with resources for military teens (including resources for transition)
Let's face it; life as a military teen isn't easy.There's always change and uncertainty, and we long for something more solid to grab hold of. Rezilient Life is your place to get a grip on some of those big questions; like friendship, family, belonging and transitions. It's a solid place, and it's specifically for you.

RezLife offers a ton of cool stuff like maps, quizzes, music and videos. Check them out! Need a pick-me-up? Want a challenge? Sign up for a text journey and we'll send you a message each day.

With a variety of meaningful topics to choose from, each personalized journey contains stories, media, Bible passages, and questions to guide you — making God's Word relevant and personal to you. Whether it's reading verses and words, listening to audio passages, or watching a video, you can explore the eternal truths of the Bible in the way that best fits your life and helps you navigate with ReZilience. 

Start your personal journey today and see where God's Word takes you.

Sesame Street for Military Kids
Military moving tips
Military families often have to move, and learning how to make this transition can sometimes be difficult. The experience for kids moving, in particular, may lead to feelings of sadness. There also might be anxiety around how to make friends in a new school. By expressing a positive attitude about military moves and asking your child to participate in the process, you can help her feel more at ease about the changes that may come with military relocation.

Sesame Street for Military Kids
The Big Moving Adventure app
Make moving fun! Your young child (ages 2-5) can create his own Muppet friend to help him or her through the moving process.

Books about moving for military children

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A New Home for Allie
Author: Carrie Daws, Copyright @ 2018

Allie loves her home in Kenya. But her dad works for the Animal Jungle Patrol, and he just got orders to move their family to Somalia. She has many questions, and the journey will be long. Will the new place be like what she knows? Will she find friends in her new home? And will she ever see her best friend again? What awaits her in A New Home for Allie?

Army Brats​
Author: Daphne Benedis-Grab, Copyright @ 2017

The Bailey kids' mom has just been assigned to Fort Patrick, and it'll be the family's first time living on an army base! Tom, Charlotte, and Rosie get to make new friends, explore the neighborhood, and cool off in the huge pool. Unfortunately, they also have to deal with the base bully, who seems determined to make Tom's life completely miserable by telling everyone he's a wimp.

When the Baileys discover a mystery on base--an abandoned building long rumored to be haunted--they know that this is the way to show the world how brave Tom truly is. But when they go to investigate, they find there's more to the house than some old rumors. What is that weird equipment? And who is that suspicious man sneaking around inside?

It's up to Charlotte, Tom, and Rosie to figure out the base's secrets-and prove to everyone that no bully can keep the Bailey kids down.

Daphne Benedis-Grab's Army Brats is an exciting romp that celebrates friendship, bravery, and being true to yourself.

But Mom, I Don't Want to Move!
Easing the impact of moving on your children
                  Author: Susan Miller, Copyright @ 2004

When a child hears the words "We're moving!" it can trigger a range of reactions from excitement and anticipation to anxiety and anger. But Mom, I Don't Want To Move! gives parents the guidance they need to get their children through this major change. Susan Miller, author of After the Boxes Are Unpacked, provides specific ideas, based on the ages of children and the reason for relocating, that will make the adjustment to a new house, school, and community as smooth as possible.

Flexible Wings
Author: Veda Stamps, Copyright @ 2015
Ages 8-12

Veda Stamps' Flexible Wings is a fictional exploration of the lives of military children. This book, written for preteens, delves into themes of sports, community support, and volunteerism as a way to help children and their families through difficult times.

In Flexible Wings, Summer Stevenson is an eleven-year-old biracial girl who dreams of having a permanent home and swimming in the Olympics one day, just like her idol Olympian Lia Neal. But those things seem out of reach as her parents "the heroes" continually move the family from house to house like boxed-up toys. 

After their last move, she thought her life would never change, but now the moving truck is idling in front of her house again, this time taking the family to Valencia, a small town in southern California known for its bike trails, roller coasters, and great schools. But things aren't so great for Summer. She worries constantly that her fighter-pilot mom could be redeployed at any moment, and she struggles to make new friends, finding herself in humiliating circumstances with her neighbors. 

Summer sees a glimmer of hope when her parents sign her up for competitive swimming, but she turns out to be the worst swimmer on the team! Inspired by nature and drawing support from friendships both old and new, including those with Grandma "Bachaan," her coaches, and other kids on the swim team, Summer seeks the courage she'll need to tackle life's challenges.

Home Is Where Our Hero Is
Author: Bridgett Plat, Copyright @ 2016

A book about military PCS moves by the author of Daddy's Deployed. There is a non-personalized version or you can choose from personalized options. 

Home is Where the Air Force Sends You
Authors: Rebekah Sanderlin and Melissa Davis, Copyright @ 2014
Grades Kindergarten - 5

Twin brothers Roberto and Luis Torres can barely contain their excitement as their Air Force family learns that they will be moving to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Readers join Roberto, Luis, their parents and their baby brother as they learn the history of their new home and explore some of the fun things to do when they get there. This book, like the others in the Home Is Where series, is designed to help children of military families become excited about moving to new places. Parents, teachers, counselors and others can use the book as a tool to help children visualize exactly where they are going, relieving some of the anxiety associated with relocation. Children already living on or near Eglin Air Force Base will also enjoy reading about places they have been and discovering new things to do and places to explore near their home.

Home is Where the Army Sends You
Authors: Rebekah Sanderlin and Melissa Davis, Copyright @ 2014
Grades Kindergarten - 5

Sgt. Applebottom, Mrs. Applebottom, Kristy, and Steven are an Army family. It is a very special day when the children learn that they will soon move to North Carolina. Join Kristy and Steven as they find out what Fort Bragg, North Carolina is all about! This book was designed to help children of military families become excited about moving to new places. Parents, teachers, counselors, and others can use it as a tool to help children visualize exactly where they are going, thereby relieving some of the anxiety associated with relocation. Children already living on or near Fort Bragg will find this book exciting as they read about places they have been and discover new destinations to explore.

Home is Where The Marine Corps Sends You
Authors: Rebekah Sanderlin and Melissa Davis, Copyright @ 2014
Grades Kindergarten - 5

Sgt. Oakwood, Mrs. Oakwood, Mandy, and Eric are a family in the Marine Corps. It is a very special day when the children learn that they will soon move to North Carolina. Join Mandy and Eric as they find out what Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is all about! This book was designed to help children of military families become excited about moving to new places. Parents, teachers, counselors, and others can use it as a tool to help children visualize exactly where they are going, thereby relieving some of the anxiety associated with relocation. Children already living on or near Camp Lejeune will find this book exciting as they read about places they have been and discover new destinations to explore.

Home is Where the Navy Sends You
Authors: Rebekah Sanderlin and Melissa Davis, Copyright @ 2015
Grades Kindergarten - 5
Join young Amaya Roberts as she learns about her mother’s newest military orders to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Follow along with the Roberts family as they discover all of the wonderful things to see and do in their beautiful new home of Pensacola, Florida and its surrounding areas! Growing up as a military child is a unique experience that comes with excitement and adventure but includes questions, new feelings and emotions. Transitioning to a new duty station goes much deeper than just a career move, it is saying goodbye to old friends and meeting new people, it is deciding what to pack in boxes and creating a new home and it is closing the door on one journey and opening the door on a whole new one!

I'm a Dandelion
A PCS story for military children
Author: Brooke Mahaffey, Copyright @ 2021

Inspired by real-life experiences, this book for military-connected children is an excellent resource to help prepare children for a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) move. In this heartwarming story, the author validates the natural feelings and emotions that children often experience when it comes time to PCS. Most importantly, the story characters discover the benefits of moving and the excitement of being a military child.

Psssst!...did you know that military children are also part of a special club? The Dandelion Club!

I'm From Everywhere
Author: Bird Collier, Copyright @ 2019

Growing up in a military family is not always easy, but it can be full of adventure. In this first of a three book series, I'm From Everywhere provides a glimpse into the way growing up in a military family can feel. It also reveals just how amazing growing up military can be. Be sure to follow our hero Jamal on his next big adventure!

I Move a Lot and That's Okay
Author:  Shermaine Perry-Knights, Copyright @ 2020

Looking for an engaging book to teach kids about rapid change and explain the military lifestyle? This is it! I Move A Lot and That’s Okay teaches kids how to emotionally cope with relocation. Designed to build resilience and confidence in children, this picture book follows a bright-eyed girl in a military family as she shows the reader that she can embrace a new environment, language, and a different culture. Leaving their home and settling in another is tough on all kids. This is what military families go through when moving to a new station, far away from home in another city, state, or country. This adventure is filled with sadness, loss, acceptance, and hope. By the end of the story, young readers will be chanting the theme of the book: "I move a lot and that’s okay!” While this book features a military child, its message of resilience and hope are universal ones that help all children to overcome obstacles more easily.

Kids! We Have PCS Orders!
Author: James Thomas, Copyright @ 2018
Ages 3-7

Multi-cultural military kid’s picture book. Kids! We Have PCS Orders! is fifth in the Deployment Series of books by author James R. Thomas. This story was written specifically for military families with kids preparing to go through a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) move. Illustrated in color, the picture book tells the story of a how a military family prepares the kids mentally for the move. The author, through his own experiences, has written a story he hopes will make your PCS a little easier. The story helps facilitate discussion with your child before or after you receive the PCS orders. The author intentionally did not reveal too much detail in the storyline in order to leave room for the readers to ask questions and generate discussions. Even in the title, the unique service-related acronym PCS was used to allow readers to discover through the story what PCS means. The characters are multi-cultural, dual military parents, with the mother dressed in a naval uniform and the father in military camouflage.

Lion's Pride on the Move
Author: Grace Anne Remey, Copyright @ 2013

This charming story is all about the process of moving written from a 9 year old's perspective. Grace Anne takes you on another journey with Lion's Pride sharing her feelings and struggles along the way. She shares feelings of excitement, sadness and fear while showing readers ideas to make the transition of moving fun! A great book to help children understand what it is like to move. Lion's Pride On The Move also includes helpful tips from Momma Lion giving practical ideas for parents.

Little Daisy's Worst Best Day (We Serve Too!)
Author: Kathleen Edick and Paula Johnson, Copyright @ 2012
Ages 3 and up

Opening: “We’re at Grandma and Grandpa’s house today. Mommy’s home packing; We’re moving away. This is the Worst Day I’ve ever had. I don’t want to move? It’s making me sad.” 

Lucy & the Little Blue Car
Author: Eugenia Guilmartin, Copyright @ 2012

Lucy is a German shepherd about to begin a cross-country move in a new car with a new mom, beginning a new life. Will she like her new home? Will she make new friends? Will her mom ever let her drive? As Lucy travels from state to state she discovers the one thing that is larger than the big world outside the window of the little blue car. Lucy & the Little Blue Car is a story about moving for mobile families and military kids. Lucy's travels can assist discussions between parents, grandparents, guardians and kids about how to handle change through moves and temporary parental absences. The theme of comfort and continuity reinforces the message that every new place can be "home."

Military Brats
The worst best move ever
Authors: Yuki and Carlos Smiley, Copyright @ 2016

This is the story of a little girl who is growing up in a military family and every time she adjusts to a move the family has to move again and she has to adjust again.

Military Kids Speak
My life as a military child
Author: Julie Rahm, Copyright @ 2011
Ages 9-12

Celebrating the role military families play in the success of America as well as their individual accomplishments, Military Kids Speak by former naval physicist and author Julie Rahm is a fascinating and inspired account of what it takes to be a military kid. It's a team effort with a common goal; the mission is to describe what it means to be a part of a military family, what it takes to persevere when it comes to deployments, and living abroad. It's also a candid account of the military lifestyle, and how special it is to be a child of a hero.

In two parts and seventeen chapters with titles like "Military Kids Speak about Deployments," "Military Kids Speak about Living Abroad," and "Military Kids Speak about Making Friends," this engaging, conversational book begins with over two dozen essays written by today's military kids. These young authors, aged ten to sixteen, discuss the rollercoaster ride of military life, it's perks and privileges, as well as its hardships and heartaches, while the second half comprises twelve in-depth interviews with famous former military kids like Justice Leah Ward Sears, Newt Gingrich, Shaquille O'Neal, and Mark Hamill. 

Being a military kid is special; a childhood spent with the military is an adventure. This first volume of Military Kids Speak is a narrative of what American kids of servicemen and servicewomen sacrifice for their country day in and day out all over the world?and what they have to say about it.

Mission: My First PCS (The Military Kid Chronicles)
Author: Athens E. Pellegrino, Copyright @ 2021

Mission: My First PCS, is the first story in the series, The Military Child Chronicles. The series was written to serve as a tool for military families. On a daily basis, military family life can change drastically. A young boy, Atticus, learns that his family will be relocating over the summer also known as a Permanent Change of Station (PCS). The story beautifully illustrates the challenges and complex feelings children may experience. Mission: My First PCS also offers tips and activities to help military families during their PCS. The series and book were created in order to serve as resources for our brave military families.

Moving Again Mom (Uncle Sam's Kids)
Author: Angela Sportelli-Rehak, Copyright @ 2004
Ages 4-8

The family is moving across the country to live on a new base. Lil'M is worried that she will miss her best friend, and worried that it will be hard to make new friends when she arrives at her new home. Help children to understand and develop an appreciation for cultural diversity and foster a positive outlook toward the adventures of relocation.

Moving: Teddy's Journey
Author: Zara Johnston, Copyright @ 2021
Ages 3-9

Join Teddy in this heart-warming rhyming story, which supports children when they move house and school.

When Teddy has to move, he feels all sorts of emotions. Not wanting to leave his friends and being scared of the unknown. Will Teddy have a change of heart, once he sees the new possibilities that change can bring? An uplifting and inspiring picture book showing the value of friendships and the power of positivity.

My Life as I Move (journal)
Health Net Federal Services' children’s initiative launched to provide additional resources to help children successfully navigate the unique challenges of military families face. You may dowload the journals, save, print or link to the journals as often as you like at no cost.

My Life As I Move is a journal for military children who experience the unique challenge of moving often as part of a military family. The journal is designed to help children honor and remember the places they've lived, the memories they've made and the special people in their lives they've met along the way. The journal is intended to help children realize these special places, memories and people will always be a part of them, no matter where they live.

Piper Reed Forever Friend
Author: Kimberly Willis Holt , Copyright @ 2012
Ages 8 and up

Piper is excited to move to a new state and catch up with old friends. But the move doesn’t go as smoothly as she expected: Piper has trouble feeling accepted in her new surroundings. But then she meets Arizona Smiley. Arizona is an avid stamp collector and bowls in a league. Piper is intrigued by Arizona’s originality and before long, she wins Arizona’s affections, and the two become great friends. This move turns out to be the best one yet, and Piper is eager to spread her trademark “Get Off the Bus” catchphrase once again.

Remember When
My life as a military child
Author: Tana Hair, Copyright @ 2011
Ages 5-10

This book is designed for military children so they can keep a living record of their childhood. It provides a keepsake for the special moments in their life as they make their journey. Children can document their schools, homes, friendships and anything else that they want and treasure.

Moving to support their parents can be difficult, especially every 3 years. They have to start a new school, new friends, new house and basically a whole new life. The intent of this book is to make that process a little easier, knowing that they have something to look back on and something to start new again. When they are all grown and look back on a unique childhood, taking that trip down memory lane. They will always be able to Remember When.  

The Adventures of a Military Brat
The big move
Author: Johanna Gomez, Copyright @ 2019
Ages 3-8

The Adventures of a Military Brat: The Big Move is the second book of the children's book series The Adventures of a Military Brat. Ride along with a courageous young girl as she faces the challenges of a military family move. Learn how she says goodbye to friends, cherishes favorite memories, and prepares for her new home, all while delivering a touching message of hope and optimism. The Big Move shows how a military family uses positive coping techniques to prepare for an upcoming move.

The Adventures of a Military Brat book series is specifically designed to meet the needs of children growing up in military families. Each book will identify unique experiences and challenges a military lifestyle brings; such as reuniting with deployed parents, moving, and making new friends. The characters of this series emphasize positive messages and take readers on a journey that is familiar to every military child.

We're Moving Today! A Moving Story
Author: James Thomas, Copyright @ 2014

We're Moving Today! A Moving Story. Another beautifully illustrated picture book written by author James R. Thomas. Come join the adventure with a family that is moving to a new house and see how they work together through their journey. The author uses rhymes to make the story fun and humorous to help the reader understand the moving process. When my family gets into the car, I have to hold my pet fish, Max, in a jar. I’m hoping the road trip won’t be too far. Away we go, as we travel down the road, with a full carload. There may be some bumps along the way, but nothing my family can’t handle this  day.


Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move
Author: Judith Viorst, Copyright @ 1998
Ages 5-8

Alexander is not going to leave his best friend Paul. Or Rachel, the best babysitter in the world. Or the Baldwins, who have a terrific dog named Swoozie. Or Mr. and Mrs. Oberdorfer, who always give great treats on Halloween. Who cares if his father has a new job a thousand miles away? Alexander is not -- Do you hear him? He Means it! -- going to move.

Alexander's back, facing another of childhood's trials and tribulations with Judith Viorst's trademark humor and keen sense of what's important to kids.

A New House
Author: Jill Wenzel, Copyright @ 2011
Ages 5-10

Activity book for 4-10 year-olds featuring puzzles, games and activities that address the process of and emotions surrounding buying and moving to a new home.

Before I Leave
Author: Jessixa Bagley, Copyright @ 2016
Ages 5-7

How do you say goodbye to your best friend?

When a little hedgehog's family tells her they're moving far away, she and her anteater best friend decide to play one last time, like nothing is changing. And though it's hard, they discover that while some things have to change, the most important things find a way of working out.

Elena's Big Move
Author: Sarah Olivieri, Copyright @ 2009
Ages 4-8

Elena loves her home in Puerto Rico, but she just found out she will be moving to a strange, new place she's never seen before: Indiana.She's worried that nothing will be the same again, so she takes pictures of her friends and favorite places and creates an album to remember them by. When she finally moves, she finds that Indiana is very different than her old home, but she soon discovers that new places can be just as interesting as old ones. With the help of her new friends, Elena starts another album to record memories from the many new places she will soon discover.

Good Night Books Series

The Good Night Books Series of board books has been designed and developed since 2005 to celebrate special places and themes in a way that young children, ages 0-5, can easily relate to and enjoy with their families. All the books are written and illustrated with a simplicity that captures the “essence” of each subject and place.

Every book is printed in bright colors on high-quality board to endure the attention of young children. All have six-inch by six-inch pages, making for large 12 x 6 open page spreads.

Each title takes its readers through the passage of a day (“good morning,” “good afternoon,” “good evening,” and “good night”). And most titles, if set in a place with seasonality, also include the seasons of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter). Children are further introduced to the practice of using polite salutations and greetings, all while being lulled to a good night’s sleep.

I'm Not Moving Mama!
Author: Nancy White Carlstrom, Copyright @ 1999
Ages 3 and up

"I'm Not Moving, Mama!" is Little Mouse's constant refrain, as Mama packs up his favorite things in preparation for the family's move. But for each thing about his old home Little Mouse can't bear to leave behind, Mama tells him of something they'll share in their new home -- until Little Mouse realizes that what's most important is being together, even if it is in someplace new.

Let's Move Together
Author: Carol M. Schubeck, Copyright @ 2000

"Tom The Turtle" walks children through the stages of moving. Forty six beautiful color illustrations using animals, insects, and reptiles invite moving as a positive adventure. In sensitive words, Tom walks children through feelings, thoughts, and action stages. The child participates in simple exercises that make the concepts come alive to the young reader. Tom captures the world of children for spontaneous interaction with the illustrations designed to enhance each move.

Berenstain Bears Moving Day
Authors: Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain, Copyright @ 1981
Ages 3-7​

Come see where it all began in this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. Join Mama, Papa, and Brother as they pack up, say heartfelt goodbyes to friends, and move from the mountains and into their beloved tree house down the sunny dirt road. This beloved story is the perfect way to help prepare a child for their first move. Includes over 50 bonus stickers!

The Adventurer's Club
A picture book about moving
Author: Julianne Duncan Price, Copyright @ 2021
Ages 4-8

Moving can be stressful for parents and children alike, but with a couple of Adventurers to help, it can be exciting too! Written for 4-8 year olds, The Adventurers Club follows two veteran Adventurers and their pet turtle as they turn packing boxes into pirate ships, empty rooms into art canvases, strangers into friends, and a new house into a home. Engaging illustrations draw children into the adventure, and professional Tips For Moving give parents ideas for turning their move into a fun journey for the whole family.

The House That Wanted a Family
Author: Susan Spence Daniel, Copyright @ 2012
Ages 4-8

The House that Wanted a Family is a unique and charming story told from the perspective of a house. The house is for sale and sits empty, waiting for a family. It’s a book you’ll want to read again and again…to a child or yourself. The house will be waiting.

The Moving Book
A kids' survival guide (spiral-bound)
Author: Gabriel Davis,Copyright @ 2008

If you have to move, make it an adventure with the help of our book. This invaluable tool is filled with advice and activities to help you prepare for a move and suggestions
for making your new location feel like home. Use this book as a scrapbook of your moving experience. Inside you'll find 8 colorful change-of-address postcards to mail to your friends, a special Family and Friends Address Book, scrapbook pages for photos and memories, games to play while on the road, ideas for mapping out your new bedroom and neighborhood, and tips on how to pack, how to find out about your new town, and how to make friends. There are also parent tips and a list of moving-related books.

The Year My Parents Ruined My Life
Author: Martha Freeman, Copyright @ 1997
Ages 10 and up
Twelve-year-old Kate has her entire world turned upside-down when she has to move from California to snowy Pennsylvania, where she tries to adjust to a new climate, a new school, and new friends.

We're Moving
Heather Maisner, Copyright @ 2004
Ages 4 and up

This charming new picture book series of heartwarming stories and illustrations will help prepare young children for new situations. The First-Time Stories series stars six-year-old Amy and her little brother, Ben, who—like all preschool children—have mixed feelings about first-time experiences. These gentle, warmly illustrated stories present a positive message about change and growing up. A must-have addition to every young family's library.

Amy and her little brother, Ben, are moving! Their new house has a big yard to play in, but Amy misses her best friend and the flowers she and Dad planted at their old house.
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