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Coping with Change: Selected Books for Children

Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren
© 2005 Cooperative Children's Book Center; revised in 2012

This bibliography was originally developed for the Child Care Information Center Newsletter published by the Child Care Information Center operated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with funding from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The recent revision adds new titles and expands the list to include books for children through age eight.


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


Oh Baby! Arrival of a New Sibling

    Heo, Yumi . Ten Days and Nine Nights. Schwartz & Wade, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    Horse, Harry. Little Rabbit's New Baby. Peachtree, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Jenkins, Emily. That New Animal. Illustrated by Pierre Pratt. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Krishnaswami, Uma. Bringing Asha Home. Illustrated by Jamel Akib. Lee & Low, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Lloyd-Jones, Sally . How To Be a Baby--by Me, the Big Sister. Illustrated by Sue Heap. Schwartz & Wade, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Wigersma, Tanneke. Baby Brother. Illustrated by Nynke Mare Talsma. U.S. edition: Front Street, 2005. 28 pages. Ages 3-6

    Woodson, Jacqueline. Pecan Pie Baby. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Putnam, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6


A New Place to Live: Moving

    Bond, Rebecca. When Marcus Moore Moved In. Megan Tingley Books / Little, Brown, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Croza, Laurel. I Know Here. Illustrated by Matt James. Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2010. 40 pages. Ages 4-8

    Elya, Susan Middleton. Home at Last. Illustrated by Felipe Davalos. Lee & Low, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Gleeson, Libby. Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House. Illustrated by Freya Blackwood. Little Hare, 2011, c2009. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Gleeson, Libby. Half a World Away. Illustrated by Freya Blackwood. U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Ritz, Karen. Windows with Birds. Boyds Mills Press, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 7

    Schimel, Lawrence. Let’s Go See Papá!. Translated by Elisa Amado from the Spanish. Illustrated by Alba Marina Rivera. Groundwood, 2011. 40 pages. Ages 5-9

    Williams, Karen Lynn and Khadra Mohammed . My Name is Sangoel. Illustrated by Catherine Stock. Eerdmans, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 10


Hearts Together / Lives Apart:
Separation through Divorce, Incarceration, Travel

    Brisson, Pat. Mama Loves Me From Away. Illustrated by Laurie Caple. Boyds Mills Press, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 9

    Coffelt, Nancy. Fred Stays with Me!. Illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Little, Brown, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Coy, John. Two Old Potatoes and Me. Illustrated by Carolyn Fisher. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Holmberg, Bo R.. A Day With Dad. Illustrated by Eva Eriksson. Candlewick Press, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Masurel, Claire. Two Homes. Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. Candlewick Press, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 5

    Portnoy, Mindy Avra. A Tale of Two Seders. Illustrated by Valeria Cis. Kar-Ben, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Westerhout, Lynn. Business in Bangkok. Illustrated by Chum McLeod. U.S. edition: Second Story Press, 2002. 24 pages. Ages 2 - 6

    Woodson, Jacqueline. Visiting Day. Illustrated by James E. Ransome. Scholastic Press, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 9


Saying Goodbye: Dealing with a Death

    Boyden, Linda. The Blue Roses. Illustrated by Amy Córdova. Lee & Low, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Clifton, Lucille. Everett Anderson's Goodbye. Illustrated by Ann Grifalconi. Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1983. 28 pages. Up to age 8

    Cochran, Bill. The Forever Dog. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen. HarperCollins, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Durant, Alan. Always and Forever. Illustrated by Debi Gliori. U.S. edition: Harcourt, 2004. 24 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    Moundlic, Charlotte. The Scar. Illustrated by Olivier Tallec. Candlewick Press, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Newman, Lesléa. The Best Cat in the World. Illustrated by Ronald Himler. Eerdmans, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Parker, Marjorie Blain. Jasper's Day. Illustrated by Janet Wilson. Kids Can Press, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Raschka, Chris. The Purple Balloon. Schwartz & Wade, 2007. 24 pages. Age 5 and older

    Willems, Mo. City Dog, Country Frog. Illustrated by Jon J Muth. Hyperion, 2010. 56 pages. Ages 3-7


Big Beginnings:
Starting Daycare, Preschool, or Elementary School

    Ballard, Robin. My Day, Your Day. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2001. 24 pages. Ages 2 - 5

    Barrett, Mary Brigid. Day Care Days. Illustrated by Patti Beling Murphy. Little, Brown, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 5

    Child, Lauren. I Am Too Absolutely Small for School. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Choi, Yansook. The Name Jar. Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 6

    Cocca-Leffler, Maryann. Jack's Talent. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 5-7

    George, Lucy M. Back to School Tortoise. Illustrated by Merel Eyckerman. Albert Whitman, 2011. 24 pages. Ages 3-6

    Grindley, Sally. It's My School. Illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain. U.S. edition: Walker & Company, 2006. 24 pages. Ages 4-7

    Henkes, Kevin. Wemberly Worried. Greenwillow, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Hughes, Shirley. Don’t Want to Go!. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 5

    McGhee, Alison. Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth. Illustrated by Harry Bliss. Harcourt, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-8



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