Saturday, May 23, 2009

Graduation Books: Beyond "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

When I graduation from high school, one of my very closest friends gave me a book called Polar Express, beautifully written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. It is no surprise that this book was a New York Times Best Seller and was translated into an equally intriguing movie.

The thing I remember most about this gift, however, was the inscription that Jeannine wrote inside- Never stop believing. Her pithy message was so meaningful given that point in my life 19 years ago. I'm sure I received many other graduation gifts, but I cannot remember a single one of them. And if my friend had not inscribed a note, I may not have remembered this one either.

So if you are unsure of what to give someone graduating from kindergarten through college...stop wondering. Give a picure book but don't forget to personalize it! Here are some other favorite children's picture books that make wonderful graduation gifts.

Forever Young

By Bob Dylan, Illustrated by Paul Rogers

This inspirational book is based on the lyrics and life of Bob Dylan, one of the most beloved songwriters of all time. Brilliant illustrations provide insight into many memorable events older generations will appreciate, while a nifty guide in back brings the younger folks up to speed. But most important of all is the overriding message for all readers, young and old, who are embarking on a new chapter- stay Forever Young.

The Three Questions

By Jon J. Muth and Leo Tolstoy

For graduates striving to be the best that they can be, this intriguing story is one they must read. A little boy wants to make sure he is doing the right thing, so he asks a wise turtle what he believes to be three very important questions. He learns invaluable lessons not through the answers, but in helping someone in need along the way.

Free to Be You and Me
By Marlo Thomas and Friends
Designed by Peter H. Reynolds

The whimsical pictures perfectly complement this collection of poems and stories encouraging children to follow their dreams. The book is as relevant today as it was when first published 35 years ago. Graduates will learn to shun stereotypes, embrace others who are different, and enjoy the freedom to be exactly who they want to be.

Curious You: On Your Way!

By H.A. Rey

Graduates of every age will appreciate this inspiring book about their favorite monkey. A compilation of scenes from the original Curious George books accompanied by words of encouragement make this an endearingly nostalgic gift for graduates from kindergarten through college.

Hooray for You!
By Marianne Richmond

While this may be a “children’s book,” the message is one that appeals to every graduate. Through simple rhyming versus, this touching book celebrates the unique qualities every person possesses. The author communicates the importance of individuality in a way that will resonate with anyone moving on in life.

Send one of these special graduation books to someone very special from The Lollipop Book Club!

1 comment:

  1. My boyfriend received the oh the places you will go book when he graduated from high school. He is not a book guy, but still has it to this day!

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