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Arto's Big Move. Monica Arnaldo, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

Arto has lived his whole life in the snowy, cold North, and six years is a long time. When his mom gets a new job and the family prepares to spend a year in the South, Arto is not happy at all. He's just going to act as if there isn't any difference. In the new Southern landscape of prickly plants, strange birds and a big, hot sun, Arto stubbornly dons his winter uniform of boots, mittens, coat and hat, day after day. It's worth the stuffy, sweaty, overheated feeling if he can pretend he's still in the North.

But when Arto makes a new friend, Ana, he slowly sheds his layers and discovers that it's not such a bad idea to adapt to your surroundings. When his year in the South is over, Arto understands there is a way to cope with another move while keeping the memory of his Southern adventure alive. A relatable story with a memorable character, Arto's Big Move uses a gentle touch to convey an important message about adapting to change.


Augustine. Mélanie Watt, $7.95

Moving from the South Pole to the North Pole isn't easy for the young penguin Augustine. She misses her friends, her grandma and grandpa and her old bedroom. But with the help of a few colored pencils and some inspiration from Picasso, this shy, artistic young penguin discovers a way to break the ice with her classmates and feel at home on the other end of the world.

Augustine's "penguinized" versions of van Gogh, Munch, Picasso and others are a delightful way to introduce children to art. A clever, charming story told from a penguin's eye view, in a language everyone understands.


Ben Says Goodbye. Sarah Ellis, $18.95

When Ben’s best friend Peter moves away, Ben decides that he will move, too — into a “cave” under the dining room table. Caveman Ben doesn’t need any friends except his tame (stuffed) lion. He hunts for his food (thoughtfully left on a plate by Mom and Dad) and communicates in grunts. And in the safety of his cave he can imagine a world where friends control their own destinies and distance is no obstacle.

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Big Ernie's New Home: a Story for Children Who Are Moving. Teresa & Whitney Martin, $13.50

BIG ERNIE'S NEW HOME gently affirms the normal sadness, anger, and anxiety that young children feel after a move. And as Big Ernie gradually discovers familiar comforts and exciting adventures in his new home, young readers may be encouraged to do the same in theirs.


Coping with Loss: the Life Changes Handbook. Anita Naik, $11.95 (ages 10 and up)

Struggling to fit in with your stepfamily? Grieving the loss of a loved one? Moving from your familiar friends, school and neighbourhood? Not sure how to cope with these feelings of sadness and loss? THE LIFE CHANGES HANDBOOK is here to help with useful advice, facts, tips and quizzes on these issues and more.


The Essential Guide to Safe Travel-Training for Children with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Desirée Gallimore, $25.95

For those growing up with an intellectual disability or autism, comfortable, safe and independent travel will prove an invaluable life skill. The key to pursuing fulfilling work and leisure activities and developing as an individual, it also brings a liberating level of self-sufficiency and reassurance of equality within society.

Arriving at this goal can be daunting. Dr Gallimore's straightforward five-step system will guide parents and professionals through successful training for children of any age and ability. Focusing on understanding each child's individual goals and challenges, it gives you the 'ingredients' needed to fully prepare for each journey in advance, and shows how to judge when to step back and let the child progress alone. Addressing specific fears and obstacles that make travel difficult for children with learning difficulties, it sets out all the precautions necessary to safeguard children and others as they learn to reach their chosen destinations.

Clear-cut and far-reaching, this book is enriched by Dr Gallimore's extensive experience as a psychologist, mobility specialist and travel-trainer. It is a heartening resource and will be necessary reading for anyone working with a child to get them on their path to independent travel.

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Going to Montréal and Québec City: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95

Going to Montréal and Québec City: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95

Going to Ottawa: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95

Going to Toronto: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95

These delightful travel guides will engage young people with brief histories, facts and interesting tidbits of information on key historical sights of Ottawa and Toronto. A variety of activities will keep kids interested, involved and engaged, and the journal will become a treasured memory and keepsake of a vacation.


Lonely Planet Travel with Children: The Essential Guide for Travelling Families, 6th Ed. $29.99

From visiting Santa's home in Palland to spotting penguins in Patagonia or touring temples in Laos, this book makes family travel easier. Lonely Planet's team of parent-authors provides ideas and advice for every aspect of travelling with junior adventurers, giving parents the tools and the confidence to plan the trip of a lifetime in more than 80 countries around the world. This is family-friendly travel without the fuss.

  • Hundreds of fun travel ideas for children of all ages
  • Information and advice for more than 80 family-friendly destinations
  • Details on how to stay safe and healthy

Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family’s Transition to a New Home. Lori Collins Burgan, $15.95

Before you pack the boxes and hire a moving van, help make your family’s next move a positive experience with this helpful collection of experiences from families who have moved many times. Whether you are moving across town or across the world, Lori Collins Burgan offers practical advice that will make the changes more exciting and less scary for children — and their parents.


My First Day at a New School. Charlotte Guillain, $7.95

Pictures and simple text help young children understand what to expect when they begin school.

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My New School: a Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School. Melissa Trautman, $21.95

Venturing into the unknown can be scary and when it comes to changing schools, it helps to have a plan. This workbook is a practical guide that will ease the transition and help you to make new friends.


New Kid, New Scene: a Guide to Moving and Switching Schools. Debbie Glasser & Emily Schenk, $13.95 (ages 8-13)

This book gives kids the ins and outs of navigating new surroundings, making new friends (as well as staying in touch with old ones), and finding a place that feels like your own. You'll learn ways to get adjusted and ease into your new school and surroundings. Every chapter is packed with stories from other kids like you, useful advice for when you are worried or upset, and quizzes to help you learn more about who you are. With a little help, you can be comfortable as the star in your new scene!


Stay Close: 40 Clever Ways to Connect with Kids When You're Apart. Tenessa Gemelke, $10.95

How do you keep up with your son's interests when you're a hundred miles away? What can you do to express your love to a granddaughter you rarely see? How can you make sure a young person grows up happy and healthy even when you're not physically there? When you're away from a young person you love, concerns like these can make the distance seem insurmountable. Stay Close: 40 Clever Ways to Connect with Kids When You're Apart offers adults fun and creative solutions for nurturing long-distance relationships with kids. This new resource uses activities, real-life anecdotes, and helpful tips to show adults how easy it is to bridge the physical (and generational) gap. Whether you're 200 or 2000 miles apart, Stay Close will keep your young person just a heartbeat away.

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Trouble-Free Travel with Children: Over 700 Helpful Hints for Parents on the Go. Vicki Lansky, $11.50

Enjoy your trips with kids — whether they are fussy newborns, busy toddlers or bored school-age children. This handbook of advice and ideas comes straight from the experiences of parents like you, and can help make any trip —– short or long — more enjoyable and stress-free.


We Just Moved! Stephen Krensky & Larry DiFiori, $5.50 (ages 5-7)

We just moved into a new castle! Everything seems strange — there are weird sounds (I think there are ghosts) and people do things differently and I don't know if I'll ever find my way around...

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Complete Booklist

Arto's Big Move. Monica Arnaldo, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

Augustine. Mélanie Watt, $7.95

Ben Says Goodbye. Sarah Ellis, $18.95

Big Ernie's New Home: a Story for Children Who Are Moving. Teresa & Whitney Martin, $13.50

Coping with Loss: the Life Changes Handbook. Anita Naik, $11.95 (ages 10 and up)

The Essential Guide to Safe Travel-Training for Children with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Desirée Gallimore, $25.95

Going to Montréal and Québec City: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95

Going to Ottawa: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95

Going to Toronto: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95

Lonely Planet Travel with Children: The Essential Guide for Travelling Families, 6th Ed.. $29.99

Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family’s Transition to a New Home. Lori Collins Burgan, $15.95

My First Day at a New School. Charlotte Guillain, $7.95

My New School: a Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School. Melissa Trautman, $21.95

New Kid, New Scene: a Guide to Moving and Switching Schools. Debbie Glasser & Emily Schenk, $14.50 (ages 8-13)

Stay Close: 40 Clever Ways to Connect with Kids When You’re Apart. Tenessa Gemelke, $10.95

Trouble-Free Travel with Children: Over 700 Helpful Hints for Parents on the Go. Vicki Lansky, $11.50

We Just Moved! Stephen Krensky & Larry DiFiori, $5.50 (ages 5-7)

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