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Keepsake Picture Books for Graduates

Graduation season is upon us!

This is a wonderful time to share the magic of picture books with a person of any age who may be embarking on a new adventure. This collection of books is perfect for instilling confidence, affirming identity and self-worth, and encouraging people to enjoy the journey, and not just the destination.

For many years, it’s been a tradition for caregivers to give the well-known classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, to new graduates and have educators write personalized messages directly among the pages of this story. When educators do this year after year, it creates an incredible keepsake for children who enjoy revisiting and rereading all the words of encouragement.

Though we love this tradition, we challenge you to think beyond this famous book and welcome a new and uplifting story into your collection.

We believe that these powerful and inspirational books are perfect for graduates of all ages! For our complete list of recommended books, visit our Bookshop page.

What the Road Said

Author: Cleo Wade | Illustrator: Lucie de Moyencourt | Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

What the Road Said is a beautiful story about the ups and downs of life's journeys. Wade’s thoughtful and poetic words reinforce how there will always be challenges and low points, and also victories and joyous highs. Look to the people who help, who support and uplift, and strive to be that type of person for yourself and someone else. This book is both comforting and encouraging - reminding us that sometimes, the most important thing we can do in life is just keep going.

What Will You Be?

Author: Yamile Saied Mendez | Illustrator: Kate Alizadeh | Publisher: HarperCollins

What Will You Be? is a quintessential book about the age-old question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” In this story, a young girl allows herself to consider what is possible for her future, and luckily, has her abuela to help.

With the loving guidance of her abuela, the young child is able to dream up a future with limitless possibilities. This book is a wonderful celebration of growth, curiosity, love and family.

What Would You Do in a Book About You?

Author: Jean Reidy | Illustrator: Joey Chou | Publisher: HarperCollins

What Would You Do in a Book About You? encourages people to dream big and imagine the stories they want to tell in their lifetime. It’s a rhythmic and fun story to read aloud and the perfect book to inspire others to follow their dreams!

The Magical Yet

Author: Angela Diterlizzi | Illustrator: Lorena Alvarez| Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Many of our favorite books build children up, and help them develop a healthy sense of self and others. The Magical Yet will help any child who struggles with not being able to do something yet. It is a whimsical book that helps children see the value of effort and persistence.