Gifts for Grads: Books from Blue Baboon

Graduation is a time of reflection and inspiration. As our beloved grads move onto the next phase of their lives, we can’t help but remember all the bumps, bruises, giggles, and sighs that brought them to where they are today.

[Cue: “Sunrise, Sunset” …]

No matter what level of accomplishment they’ve achieved (college, high school, middle school, or even preschool), books can help express our best wishes, hopes, and love to our graduates. And while Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You Will Go” is a classic grad gift, it’s a bit cliched.

At Blue Baboon Books, we’d like to offer a few other options — all of which are available at our store.

  • Image result for yay you“Yay You” by Sandra Boynton — Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On. For new graduates, or for anyone facing imminent change, here is profound insight, bold inspiration, and truly ensloxifying advice. Also an occasional hippo. No wombats.  What’s more, Yay,You! will not overstress the weary mind. It’s nice and short, with lots of pictures, no chapters, no index, no graphs, no study questions, and not a single suggestion for further reading. Portable, colorful, and low in saturated fats, this is truly the perfect gift for that special onwardly mobile someone.
  • Image result for i knew you could do it book“I Knew You Could Do It” by Craig Dorfman — The determined Little Blue Engine is back, bringing inspiring and enlightening words of wisdom to graduates of all ages as they make the transition from one phase of life to the next. (This one is a personal favorite of Ms. Sara!)
  • “I Wish You More” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal — Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. 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.Image result for i wish you more book
  • Image result for north star peter reynolds“North Star” by Peter Reynolds — Ask yourself where it is you want to go. . . . It is often said that life is a journey, and it’s true. But sometimes it’s hard to know which path to follow, when signs point in so many directions. In this beautifully illustrated book, Peter H. Reynolds once again encourages readers to observe, to wonder, and to consider diverging from the well-worn path—to pursue their dreams. Originally published ten years ago, The North Star has had a profound effect on its many readers. This edition, featuring all-new art, celebrates the book’s own decade-long voyage connecting people around the world. It has inspired classroom activities, a musical, and thousands more thoughtful journeys.
  • Image result for she persisted“She Persisted” by Chelsea Clinton — Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what’s right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. In this book, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted.