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Best Graduation Gifts 2022

Whether a student is receiving a diploma for completing preschool or grad school, their graduation day is sure to be a joyful celebration. Sometimes, however, apprehension lurks under all the smiles, toasts, and excitement—new possibilities and major changes can feel a little bit overwhelming.

A great gift speaks volumes, and a modern picture book can help deliver just the right uplifting message and offer the extra squeeze of compassion and boost of confidence graduates need to venture forth and carve out their own path.

Gifts for All Grads

The Path, written and illustrated by Bob Staake

“You will walk. You will walk along a well-worn path that many people have taken—and long before you.” So begins this inspirational journey over gentle, grassy hills, through fields of wildflowers, over raging rivers, up steep mountains, and even through a dark, chilly cave. When it splits in two, you will have to decide what to do next—and you’ll create a path that’s unique to you. 

The Knowing Book, by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

In this inspiring story, a young rabbit travels through the wide world, experiencing joy and sorrow and wonder. Along the way he chooses a path and explores the unknown. And at the end of his journey, braver and more confident, he returns home—a place he can always count on. 

Perfect for Preschool Grads: The Story of You, by Lisa Ann Scott, illustrated by Sue Cornelison

No one can tell you who you are—it’s all up to you! You write your story with your actions and words. This dynamic picture book for readers of all ages features lush illustrations that bring universal situations to light, including ways to be brave, bold, and kind, as well as knowing when you’ve made a mistake. 

Little Lessons, by Seymour Chwast

Life lessons have never been so amusing to think about and maybe even learn from. This colorful book is a perfect gift to spur laughter, learning, and cultural savoir faire for curious kids, graduates, or anyone starting a new chapter.