What Graduation Book Should You Give?
A time of pride, joy, and often uncertainty—graduation season is here! Whether you’re welcoming someone into adulthood post-college, or congratulating a preschooler for completing his or her first year of school, a meaningful gift at a time of great change can impact a lifetime.
Luckily, we have plenty of wit and wisdom to inspire new graduates of all ages. Read on for some book-giving help!
Something to Offer Guidance or Learn From
A delightful, worldly riff on learning your ABCs all over again from New York Times bestseller author Deborah Copaken. Perfect for anyone leaving to go to college.
All those tips, tricks, and perks of being an adult that no one thought to tell you—this engaging guide is the best gift for recent grads, first-apartment dwellers, and anyone who’s ready to grow up, one step at a time.
In our world of modern convenience, this book emphasizes the pleasure of doing things yourself. A great gift to encourage the inner utilitarian in us all, with expert tips to inspire and empower.
This handy deck is packed with funny and fresh ideas for both small talk and deep discussions. Say goodbye to awkward silences, and hello to better conversations.
Something for the Emerging Creative
An inspiring tool and beautiful art book in one, this colorful guide offers illustrated words of wisdom from 50 of today’s leading creative professionals.
Artist Lisa Congdon unveils the multiplicity of ways to make a living from art—including illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, and teaching—and offers practical advice on cultivating a business mindset, selling and promoting work, and more.
Written in an engaging choose-your-own-path format, this unique guide transforms the creative process into a simple series of multiple-choice questions and answers.
The blogger behind The Jealous Curator interviews 50 successful international artists working in different mediums, and mines their insights on how to conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow.
Something to Inspire and Uplift
The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed.
Chock-full of uplifting text-based art with an emphasis on being brave, courageous, and authentic, it’s the perfect gift for grads, travelers, or anyone else in need of inspiration as they embark on a new adventure.
This innovative book of 12 fold-and-mail style letters helps proud family and friends offer the graduate their congratulations, advice, and well-wishes for the future—all in a thoughtful package that will become a cherished memento.
What advice would your 80-year-old self give you? That is the question artist Susan O’Malley, who was herself to die far too young, asked more than a hundred ordinary people. She then transformed their responses into vibrant text-based images that are an art piece in and of themselves.
Something for the World Explorer
Featuring artwork for 75 national parks and monuments across all 50 states, this engaging keepsake volume celebrates the full range of our nation’s landmarks and treasured wilderness.
This portable scratch-off map transforms a trip through the city into a scavenger hunt. As travelers make their way to an attraction, they scratch to reveal fun facts and activities that lead to new discoveries and must-see highlights.
This remarkable book showcases 70 sketchbooks kept by intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments—frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests—with their senses wide open.
The Listography series dips into travel with this illustrated journal, created to document all travel adventures: both near and far, and past trips and future destinations.
Something to Cook From
Emphasizing flexibility, this cookbook features flavorsome combinations of nutritious grains, proteins, vegetables, a sauce, and something crunchy.
Packed with tips and tricks, from making delectable pancakes with muffin batter to turning leftover biscuits into bread pudding, this collection of recipes takes time-tested breakfast favorites to an entirely new level of deliciousness.
The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as “small victories” in the funny, encouraging headnotes—lessons learned by Julia through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals.
With an emphasis on reducing prep time and the usual sinkful of dishes, cooking instructor Carla Snyder serves up the ideal couple’s guide to simple, complete, and truly delicious meals.
Something for the Young Graduate
Whether celebrating life’s joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.
Newbery Medal winner Katherine Paterson and cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton collaborate on this special book about gratitude—a great lesson and reminder for kids to always give thanks, no matter what lies ahead.
This picture book is a new take on an old favorite, with an independent heroine and an empowering message to girls. Great to encourage young girls to make themselves the hero in their future fairy tale.
Learn about the world’s most fascinating individuals and think outside the box with this book, full of crazy, unusual, and inspiring people. Good for someone embarking onto junior high or high school!
Something Light-Hearted and Celebratory
Whether throwing a dance pawty or raising the woof, these pop-up party animals know how to have a good time. With a cheerful greeting on the front of each card, this collection is great for celebrations and happy hellos.
Artist Frida Clements playfully combines colorfully detailed flora and fauna drawings with funny hand-lettered wordplay in this punny journal. Like puns? That’s coo, says the pigeon. Hate puns? Birch, please.
The tired graduate should take some advice from our feline friends, whose life is 99% nap. In this book, cats share their invaluable wisdom in short advice columns, such as “Always Stay at Least 30 Feet from a Loved One.”
Graduating is about learning vital life skills, like how to open a beer without an opener. This indispensable guide features 99 ways (plus one: the spine of the book opens bottles, too) to get the job done fast, using anything from a TV remote to a baby carriage.
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Find even more gift ideas over here. Congratulations to all new grads!
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