- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Adult books

"Smooth Moves," by Ellen Carlisle, Teacup Press, 1999. The author draws on her experience of moving her husband and three children eight times over 17 years. Her advice is organized chronologically and covers both physical and emotional aspects of moving.
"Insider Secrets to Moving," by Fred Tiller, Tiller's Services, 1999. This book includes information on the typical moving-company forms and contracts. It is useful for do-it-yourself moves but also helpful for people who hire professional movers.
"Smart Moves: Your Guide Through the Emotional Maze of Relocation," by Audrey McCollum, Nadia Jensen and Stuart Copans, Smith & Kraus, 1996. This book focuses on the communication skills needed to help families through moves that not everyone wishes to make.
"Moving With Children: A Parent's Guide to Moving With Children," by Thomas T. Olkowski, Gylantic Publishing Co., 1993. A practical guide to helping children through the trauma of moving, the book offers suggestions for age-appropriate tasks children can accomplish.
"Positive Moves: The Complete Guide to Moving You and Your Family Across Town or Across the Nation," by Carolyn Janik, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988.
"The Greener Pastures Relocation Guide: Finding the Best State in the United States for You," by Alfred Shattuck, Prentice-Hall, 1984.
"Moving," by Fred Rogers, Putnam, 1987. This book provides an overview of the process of moving as well as the irritation and uncertainty.

Children's books

"Goodbye, House: A Kid's Guide to Moving," by Ann Banks and Nancy Evans, Crown Publishing, 1999. Aimed at 4- to 8-year-olds, this book includes an activity guide for helping children handle a move to a new house. It comes with stickers that children can use to label their own boxes.
"The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day," by Stan and Jan Berenstain, Random House, 1981. The Bear family moves to its treehouse in Bear Country. Brother Bear is afraid he won't like it but ends up making new friends.
"Goodbye House," by Frank Asch, Aladdin Paperbacks, 1989. Written for the 4-to-8 age group, the book uses the principal character, Bear, to tell a story about what it is like to say goodbye to a house. He learns that it's never goodbye forever because we take our memories with us.
"Maggie Doesn't Want to Move," by Elizabeth Lee O'Donnell, Four Winds Press, 1987. Aimed at the 7-to-10 age group, this is a story about a boy who expresses his own sad feelings about moving by crediting them to his toddler sister, Maggie.
"Is This Good-bye Charlie Brown?" by Charles Schulz, Random House, 1984. Charlie and the rest of the gang are very unhappy when Linus and Lucy move away.

On line

• Several commercial Web sites give information on moving-van companies and estimates for the cost of the move. Here are some sites to check out: www.move.com; www.movingcenter.com and www.movecentral.com.

• Fill out your change-of-address form with the Postal Service, plus get moving tips at www.usps.gov/moversnet.

• Welcome Wagon International at www.welcomewagon.com offers information and resource links to such sites as chambers of commerce and motor-vehicle registration and licensing.

• MapQuest's site (www.mapquest.com) will show you a map of your new neighborhood and will plot directions straight to the door of your new house.

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