If you've graduated from something, there's a good chance you received a certain book. And if you're trying to find a gift for a current graduate there's also a good chance that someone else has already bought this book.
Here are some different ideas.
Woo Hoo You’re Doing Great by Sandra Boynton
This little book is a full throated endorsement of whatever your grad is getting up to, from cake baking to ballet, so if you’re as dedicated a Boynton fan as we are, this is the perfect book.
Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
This is a beautiful book about the unexpected possibilities that arise when you make a mistake -- especially while making art. There are no mistakes! Only new horizons to explore!
For Every One by Jason Reynolds
With sincerity and honesty, Reynolds tells readers that the journey to personal achievement and success is not easy, fixed, or clear and that even passion and perseverance can't cure insecurity. But his refrain, his offering, his encouragement is: JUMP ANYWAY. It’s a shout for the dreamers and the believers and will bolster your grad for the road ahead.
What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers
Parent and child build a door, a house, a watch, and a future together in this lovely book about working to create a life. It has Jeffers’ signature beautiful, colorful illustrations, and is perfect for any new beginning!
Maybe by Kobi Yamada
A beautiful book about having the fortitude and bravery to believe that maybe your dreams can come true.
Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
Priya Parker argues in favor of more intentional, remarkable gatherings which strive to create an atmosphere and fulfill a goal. In these strange upside down covid years, learning how to create a memorable get together is more valuable than ever, especially for new graduates heading out into the world.
Speak by Tunde Oyeneyin
Peloton fitness star Tunde Oyeneyin shares her inspiring story with her signature empathy and enthusiasm.
On Connection by Kae Tempest
Author, poet, and recording artist Kae Tempest meditates on the ways that creativity connects us and invigorates our relationships with ourselves and the world around us.
You Gotta Be You by Brandon Kyle Goodman
Actor and activist Brandon Kyle Goodman invites us along on their journey of self discovery, modeling the joy and sometimes messiness of true, unhindered self-actualization. This book is funny, energetic, and very thoughtful, making it a perfect gift for anyone seeking their truest self.
Saving Time by Jenny Odell
The author of How to Do Nothing is back with this book which interrogates our relationship to time. She explains how our modern perception of time came to be and the ways those assumptions about productivity, output, and leisure time affect every aspect of our lives.
Don’t Worry by Shunmyo Masuno
Feeling anxious? The author of this book is the head monk of a 450-year-old Zen Buddhist temple in Japan, and he’s laid out 48 lessons to help you simplify your life and redirect your thinking in order to reduce anxiety.
Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
Burkeman argues that we should be casting off hyper-efficiency and productivity, and instead striving to prioritize the things that make us the most happy in the four thousand weeks we have.