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12 Reassuring Books to Help Kids Deal With Change

by Janssen Bradshaw

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Change is a normal part of life, but it can be challenging, especially for children.

Whether it’s a move (their own or a friend’s), a divorce, a new school, the end of a season, or any number of other things, learning to deal with change is an important life skill.

These books about change are perfect for starting conversations about those changes with your children. Independent readers can also explore these titles on their own. They’ll help your child know that they aren’t alone in navigating these changes.

  • Middle Grade Books

  • Harbor Me

    by Jacqueline Woodson

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    If you loved the National Book Award-winning novel Brown Girl Dreaming, pick up this heartfelt book from the same author. Every week, six kids meet together for a no-adults-allowed chat they call “A room to talk.” Together, they can talk about what’s bothering them, share their stories, and lean on each other.

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  • To Night Owl From Dogfish

    by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

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    It's hard when your family unit changes, and for Avery and Bett, who discover their single dads are considering creating a new family of the four of them, it's life-changing. It will take an unexpected summer adventure at sleepaway camp to bring the girls closer together. These soon-to-be sisters will steal your heart!

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  • Rock Star #1

    by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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    Newly independent readers will adore this early chapter book starring a science-loving girl. When her best friend moves away, Jada Jones is devastated. To make matters worse, one of her science project teammates doesn't like Jada or her ideas. It will take some creativity to turn her foe into a friend and create a fantastic science project.

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  • Shine!

    by J.J. Grabenstein and Chris Grabenstein

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    Moving to a new school is always challenging, but Piper finds this move extra tricky because she's starting at the same fancy private school where her dad works. In a school full of over-achievers, it's clear to Piper that some people are made to shine, and she's not one of them. Kids will love this funny and inspirational novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library and co-author J.J. Grabenstein.

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  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    by Stacy McAnulty

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    Lucy was struck by lightning when she was young, and she has been a math genius ever since. But now there's a problem she can't solve – how to survive one year of middle school. To mollify her grandmother, Lucy must complete the year, join an activity, and tackle the biggest challenge yet making a new friend.

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