Children’s Books About Transitions

Find books about childhood transitions.

Are you looking for children’s books that talk about common childhood transitions? You are in the right place! See the list below to find books that talk about going to school, loss, changing family dynamics, and more.

Transition to Child Care and Pre-k

    • D. W.’s Guide to Preschool by Marc Brown
    • Bye-Bye Time by Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
    • Don’t Go! by Jane Breskin Zalben
    • Adam’s Daycare by Julie Ovenell-Carter
    • Carl Goes to Daycare by Alexandra Day
    • Preschool, Here I Come! by David J Steinberg
    • My First Day at Preschool by Justine Fontes
    • What to Expect at Preschool by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff
    • Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz
    • Maisy Goes to School by Lucy Cousins
    • Preschool Day Hooray! by Linda Leopold Strauss and Hiroe Nakata
    • Wombat Goes to School by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
    • Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by James Dean
    • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
    • The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing
    • I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas and Priscilla Burris
    • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
    • The I Love You Book by Todd Parr
    • Don’t Forget I Love You by Miriam Moss
    • When Mama Goes to Work by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
    • When Mama Gets Home by Eileen Spinelli
    • Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small For School by Lauren Child
    • Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten by Marc Brown
    • Will You Come Back for Me? by Ann Tompert
    • First Day by Joan Rankin
    • Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
    • I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas
    • This Is How We Get Ready by DK
    • Friends at School by Rochelle Bunnett
    • When Mama Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli

Transition to Kindergarten

    • How to Be Kind in Kindergarten by D.J. Steinberg
    • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
    • The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
    • When You Go to Kindergarten by James Howe
    • Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee
    • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
    • Sam and Gram and the First Day of School by Dianne L. Blomberg
    • A New School Year by Sally Derby
    • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
    • Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube
    • The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
    • Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
    • Peppa’s School Day by Meredith Rusu
    • Clifford Goes to Kindergarten by Norman Bridwell
    • The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
    • Welcome, Roberto! Bienvenido, Roberto! By Mary Schwartz
    • Noodles: I Love School! by Hans Wilhelm
    • Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten by Candice Ransom
    • Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish
    • Kindergarten, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg
    • Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo
    • Sounds Like School Spirit by Meg Fleming
    • I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison
    • Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells
    • Off to School, Baby Duck! by Amy Hest
    • Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson
    • Sorry, Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go to School! by Christina Geist
    • This Is How We Get Ready by DK
    • Take Your Pet to School Day by Linda Ashman
    • Molly Rides the School Bus by Julie Brillhart
    • School Bus by Donald Crews
    • I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
    • Sparky and Eddie: The First Day of School by Tony Johnston
    • Corduroy Goes to School by Don Freeman and B.G. Hennessy
    • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Will I Have a Friend? By Miriam Cohen
    • Milk Goes to School by Terry Border
    • Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin
    • Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby
    • How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan
    • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
    • Bob and Flo by Rebecca Ashdown
    • Oh My Baby Little One by Kathi Appelt
    • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper, and Nancy M. Leak
    • School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

Worries, Anxiety, and Grief

    • First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
    • Ruby Finds A Worry by Tom Percival
    • Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
    • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
    • Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
    • I Am So Brave by Stephen Krensky
    • I Can Do It Myself by Stephen Krensky
    • Maybe Tomorrow? by Charlotte Agell
    • I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black
    • When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
    • One Wave at a Time by Holly Thompson


    • Was It the Chocolate Pudding? by Sandra Levins
    • It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear by Vicki Lansky
    • Divorce Is the Worst by Anastasia Higginbotham
    • My Family’s Changing by Pat Thomas
    • Two Homes by Claire Masurel
    • Dinosaurs Divorce by Marc Brown
    • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
    • I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Jesse Franz Ransom
    • A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary
    • The Family Book by Todd Parr
    • Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang


    • Do You Sing Twinkle? by Sandra Levins
    • Families by Kerry McCluskey and Jesse Unaapik Mike
    • When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt
    • Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four by Maria Ashworth
    • I’ll Never Let You Go by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
    • My Blended Family by Claudia Herrington
    • The Ring Bearer by Floyd Cooper
    • A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary
    • The Family Book by Todd Parr
    • Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang

Loss of a Loved One

    • When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown
    • Death Is Stupid by Anastasia Higginbotham
    • I Miss You by Pat Thomas
    • Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
    • The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr
    • Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban
    • Road Trip with Max and His Mom by Linda Urban
    • Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
    • Remembering Blue Fish by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
    • The Yellow Suitcase by Meera Sriram
    • The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Why Do I Feel So Sad? by Tracy Lambert, LPC
    • Where Do They Go? by Julia Alvarez
    • The Memory Box by Joanna Rowland
    • From North to South by René Colato Laínez
    • Death of Cupcake by Susan Nicholas, MD
    • The Day My Dad Turned Invisible by Sean R. Simmons

The Arrival of a New Sibling

    • Olivia: A Guide to Being a Big Sister by Natalie Shaw
    • I’m a Big Sister / I’m a Big Brother by Joanna Cole
    • Henry Is a Big Brother by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    • Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
    • 101 Things to Do With Baby by Jan Ormerod
    • We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell
    • Big Sister and Little Sister by Charlotte Zolotow

Living in a New Place

    • A New House by Jill Wenzel
    • A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
    • The New Bear at School by Carrie Weston
    • The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day by Stan and Jan Berenstain
    • My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home by Lori Attanasio Woodring
    • The Good-Pie Party by Liz Garton Scanlon and Kady MacDonald Denton
    • Moving Day! by Jess Stockham
    • Hannah is My Name by Belle Yang
    • Good-Bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong by Frances Park
    • Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi
    • I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien
    • A New House by Jill Wenzel and Jan Westberg
    • A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn
    • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
    • Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim
    • Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
    • Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood
    • Bunny Bungalow by Cynthia Rylant
    • Henry and Mudge and Annie’s Good Move by Cynthia Rylant
    • Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat
    • Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago
    • The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman
    • My Name Is Sangoel by Karen Williams
    • My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
    • Here I Am by Patti Kim
    • My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald
    • Dear Baobab by Cheryl Foggo
    • My Diary from Here to There by Amada Irma Perez
    • Chocolate Milk, Por Favor by Maria Dismondy
    • The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart
    • A Movie in My Pillow by Jorge Argueta
    • Home at Last by Susan Middleton Elya
    • Moving House by Anne Civardi and Stephen Cartwright
    • I Like Where I Am by Jessica Harper
    • Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
    • Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz
    • Bella and Stella Come Home by Anika Denise and Christoper Denise
    • Augustine by Melanie Watt

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

    • It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn
    • 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
    • Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin
    • Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton
    • Neither by Airlie Anderson
    • I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    • Be Who You Are! by Jennifer Carr
    • One of a Kind, Like Me by Laurin Mayeno

Learn More

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