Graduation

 

Extra congratulations to the students who are moving up and out in 2020--amid so much uncertainty. Here are some great books that make inspiring graduation gifts; they’re loosely organized by age, starting with ones for younger kids. (Although who are we kidding? It’s the ones for little kids that make teens and adults teariest at commencement time.)

 

 

Yay, You!: Moving Up and Moving On Cover Image
By Sandra Boynton, Sandra Boynton (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780689842832
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Little Simon - April 1st, 2001

 

The humor and sly wisdom you expect from Sandra Boynton. A graduation classic second probably only to Oh, the Places You'll Go.


Sometimes You Fly Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547633909
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Clarion Books - April 3rd, 2018

 

A sweet look at childhood’s milestones. 


Wherever You Go Cover Image
By Pat Zietlow Miller, Eliza Wheeler (By (artist))
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316400022
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2015

 

Maybe what you need in quarantine is a reminder that the wide world is full of adventures. 


Maybe Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Gabriella Barouch (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781946873750
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - September 15th, 2019

 

A self-possessed child (accompanied by a tiny pink pig) ponders a future where obstacles will be surmounted and dreams will come true. Gorgeous artwork..


In a Jar Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514596
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

 

Two rabbit frends collect things--buttercups, feathers, intangibles like the sound of the ocean. Then it turns out that one must move away. Wistful and appreciative. 


I Wish You More (Encouragement Gifts for Kids, Uplifting Books for Graduation) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452126999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - March 31st, 2015

 

Celebratory and sweet. A “universal donor” of a book--perfect for any age and any happy occasion. 


Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541557758
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 4th, 2020

 

26 words--such as ally, empathy, or respect--are elaborated upon with a poem, a quote from an inspiring person, a personal anecdote from the authors, and an activity to try. Thought-provoking and beautiful. 


How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You're Grown Up Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781635861822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - May 26th, 2020

 

A novelist and etiquette columnist offers warm, wise, practical "pre-adulting" advice for tweens and teens. 

COMING SOON 5/26/2020


Whatever You Are  Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon (Motivational Books, Books of Quotations, Milestone Gift Books) Cover Image
By Lisa Congdon (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452124834
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Chronicle Books - April 1st, 2014

 

Hand-lettered book of excellent inspirational quotes. Good for all ages. 


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062976581
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperOne - October 22nd, 2019

 

A fable for all ages, pondering the universal questions. A beauty of a book in every way.


This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316068222
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 14th, 2009

 

The granddaddy of contemporary commencement speeches (Kenyon 2005): “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” 


Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Joel Holland (Illustrator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316369152
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 14th, 2015

 

J.K. Rowling’s commencement address (Harvard 2008) about creativity, failure, and turning points. 


Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780812996272
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Random House - April 22nd, 2014

 

George Saunders’ speech (Syracuse 2013): "Err in the direction of kindness." 


Navigate Your Stars Cover Image
By Jesmyn Ward, Gina Triplett (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982131326
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Scribner - April 7th, 2020

 

Jesmyn Ward’s commencement address (Tulane 2018) about tenacity and respect. 


Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781538729137
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Grand Central Life & Style - March 6th, 2018

 

A comprehensive handbook for college grads who may not be fully furnished for Real Life.


How to Cook Everything—Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food Cover Image
$37.00
ISBN: 9781328545435
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 1st, 2019

An updated edition: The color photos are new; the superlative utility remains.