Picture Books for Kids Whose Best Friend Moved Away

Books for Kids Whose Best Friend Moved Away & Kid Lit Blog Hop

It’s not easy when your best friend moves away. I found three picture books that might help a child in this dilemma but I’d love to add more books to this list. What am I missing? Thanks for your help!


Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino

Juna loves to take an empty kimchi jar and explore with her best friend Hector. One day when she goes to find Hector, she finds out that he’s moved away. Her big brother Minho tries to cheer her up by buying her a fish for her jar. When the fish gets too big, she and her brother plant a bean plant in her jar instead. When the bean plant outgrows her jar, a cricket makes the jar its home. Each offering to her jar also sparks her imagination with a wonderful daydream. When she finally is able to say goodbye to Hector, Juna and her jar make another discovery at the park that helps her miss him less. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

A Year with Marmalade by Alison Reynolds and Heath McKenzie

Ella and Maddy are best friends but one autumn day, Maddy tells Ella that she’s going away for a year and asks her to look after her cat, Marmalade. As the seasons change, Marmalade keeps Ella company but she still misses Maddy. Finally, autumn comes again, and Maddy is back. And now the three of them are all together again. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Faraway Friends by Russ Cox

When Sheldon’s best friend moves away, he notices the word “Jupiter” on the side of the moving truck. Could it be that his friend  is moving to Jupiter? Sheldon just needs a rocket ship to catch up with his friend. Luckily he has all the parts he needs lying around his house and his dog Jet to help him. On his way there, he finds a surprise that makes him miss his friend a lot less. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke

Bea Garcia is upset because her next door neighbor and very best friend in the world, Yvonne, has moved to Australia. To add insult to injury, a new family moves into Yvonne’s house, and they have a horrible boy named Bert who makes fun of Bea, wrecks her cardboard box building, and is generally horrible. Bea and her brother Pablo try to ignore Bert as much as possible, but since he is also in her classroom at school, Bea struggles with putting up with him. Review by Ms. YingLing Reads. [early chapter book, ages 6 and up]

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Picture Books for Kids Whose Best Friend Moved Away

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  1. I could see these books helping the kid who moved away, too. Emma still misses her friends from Massachusetts!
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  2. Nice selection — will have to check them out. Another book is Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood.
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  3. Great book choices. This can take a lot from a kid.
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  4. These kind of books are very helpful for children when they are trying to overcome the pain of losing a friend or a relative that moves far away. In my case, we are moving house and my little daughter need to say goodbye to all her friends here. It is pretty difficult. Thanks for sharing about these books.

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