In the world of graduation gift-giving, one book seems to reign supreme:
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
is beloved for its poignant, whimsical look at life’s journey and the many challenges one may encounter. It doesn’t matter if the student is in kindergarten, middle school, high school, or college—a reader’s appreciation of the story’s wisdom will change as they continue to grow and explore. Will they succeed? Yes! They will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
(We have more than a few ideas for incorporating the story into your graduation festivities. Check them out here.)
Want to try something a little different this year? We have a few more suggestions that may make a perfect gift for your grad, no matter their age.
HOW TO GET A JOB…BY ME, THE BOSS
By Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illustrated by Sue Heap | Schwartz & Wade Books | 978-0-375-86664-7
Start grads off with a quirky and colorful tour of the job hunting process! With this helpful text, they’ll practice responses to key interview questions (Do you know how to use scissors? Can you dress yourself?), and learn the necessary skills for different industries (teachers need invisible eyes that can see behind them; magicians need someone who won’t mind being cut in half). This corporate heroine and her friends demonstrate that grads should strive to be anything they want, whether it’s Balloon Holder or President of the World.
SEUSS-ISMS FOR SUCCESS
By Dr. Seuss | Random House | 978-0-679-89477-3
With a mix of insight, humor, and inspiration, this collection of pithy quotes from Dr. Seuss will help business-minded readers get ahead in the one place wackier than anything Seuss himself could conjure up—the corporate world. This New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller makes the perfect gift for graduation that can be enjoyed with friends both young and old.
PRETTY PENNY SETS UP SHOP
By Devon Kinch | Random House | 978-0-375-86735-4
Attention finance majors! It’s back to basics with Pretty Penny, a savvy saving guru who knows that if you want something, you’ve got to earn it. Before grads step into the Real World, invite them to join Penny on an entrepreneurial adventure, proving that good things come to those who save!
OF THEE I SING: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTERS
By Barack Obama; Illustrated by Loren Long | Knopf | 978-0-375-83527-8
There are few things more inspiring than reading the stories of trailblazing Americans. In this tenderly written letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama does just this, exploring the lives of thirteen great Americans who opened up a world of opportunity through their struggles. More than that, though, this beautifully illustrated title also focuses on the future–and the potential we have within ourselves to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths.
JUNIE B. JONES IS A GRADUATION GIRL
By Barbara Park; illustrated by Denise Brunkus | Random House | 978-0-375-80292-8
Wowie wow wow! You grad is graduating, and their old pal Junie B. is, too! Make this a sentimental gift for older students who grew up reading about Junie’s misadventures, or a charming all-too-perfect gift for kindergarten students on their way to elementary school.
By R.J. Palacio | Knopf | 978-0-375-86902-0
This #1 New York Times-bestselling story of a boy born with a facial deformity attending school for the first time has captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers across the country–and has become a go-to pick for all-school reading programs and class graduation gifts. It’s an uplifting, beautiful meditation on choosing to be kind both in school and everyday life.
365 DAYS OF WONDER: MR. BROWNE’S BOOK OF PRECEPTS
By R.J. Palacio | Knopf | 978-0-553-49904-9
In Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put, precepts are principles to live by, and Mr. Browne has compiled 365 of them–one for each day of the year–drawn from popular songs to children’s books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. His selections celebrate kindness, hopefulness, the goodness of human beings, the strength of people’s hearts, and the power of people’s wills.
EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK
By Diane Muldrow | Golden Books | 978-0-307-97761-8
This humorous guide offers advice for getting the most out of life, the Little Golden Book way! Gleaned from The Poky Little Puppy, We Help Mommy, and many more classics, observations such as “Remember to stop and smell the strawberries,” “Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding,” and “Be a hugger” are paired with iconic images by Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkin, Mary Blair, Garth Williams, and more.