Books About Transitions

Transitions! They happen all the time. One of the best ways to prepare kids for transitions to is read books about the situation, before it happens. Below is a list of books for specific types of transitions. They are geared towards kids ages 2-5. Thanks to Cara Aloisio, LCSW for compiling this list!


Discusses the feelings that young children face when moving and offers suggestions for smoothing their adjustment.

Walks children through the process of moving

The Bear family moves from the mountains to a tree house.

New School

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.

It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool!


It’s the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her new students

Henry the Mouse gets ready for kindergarten.

New Sibling

These simple stories lay out all the good things about becoming an older sibling, and just how exciting welcoming a new member to the family can be.

Highlights the differences between babies & older siblings, while focusing on the fun things they can do together!

Helps prepare children for the ups and downs of having a younger brother or sister.

Daniel Tiger is learning how to become a big brother!


When Caterpillar tells Bear that he is making a cocoon, Bear is worried. Will Caterpillar be safe? Will he be warm? Will he stay dry?

Wemberly  worried morning, noon, and night. ” And Wemberly worried about one thing most of all: her first day of school. But when she meets a fellow worrywart in her class, Wemberly realizes that school is too much fun to waste time worrying!

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