8 Books That Make Great Graduation Gifts

8 Books That Make Great Graduation Gifts

By Elizabeth Lee , Jun 16th 2015

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Find the perfect graduation gifts today!

Graduation is a huge accomplishment at any level of education. Help prepare graduates for their next endeavors by giving them the best gift of all — a book! Here are 8 titles that make great graduation gifts:

On Your Way!

1. Curious You: On Your Way! by Kathleen W. Zoehfeld

Follow Curious George through a journey of classic scenes from his original books! Curious George congratulates readers on their accomplishments and encourages them to continue to move up in the world. This inspirational read is perfect for young readers celebrating a milestone.





Crossroads of Should & Must

2. The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find & Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna

Elle Luna expands on why we should find our passions and follow our dreams instead of doing what is expected of us. This inspirational book is a perfect short read for every recent graduate, every artist, every seeker, and every career changer.









Little Women

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This classic is a perfect read for recent graduates. Based on Louisa May Alcott's childhood, this portrayal of the 19th century family displays the hardships they face living in poverty during the Civil War in New England. Women of all ages learn hard lessons of growing up with this remarkable family.










The Goldfinch

4. The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt

This mesmerizing novel is a story of loss, survival and self-invention. Theo Decker is a 13-year-old boy from New York that is tormented by the loss of his mother in an accident he survives. Theo is taken in by a wealthy family friend and is drawn into the underworld of art as he attempts to adapt to his new life without his mother.








Into the Wild

5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The story of hitchhiker Christopher McCandless is no mystery to many readers. Christopher McCandless invents a new life for himself as he sets off for the wild in April 1992. His decomposed body is mysteriously found four months later by a moose hunter. Krakauer unravels McCandless's story of his uncompromising pilgrimage to Alaska out of the shadows in this book, showing us why happiness is only real when it is shared.








The Alchemist

6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This special 25th anniversary edition of Paulo Cohelo's best-selling novel has touched millions of lives around the world. The story of an Andalusian shepherd boy yearns to travel and goes on a journey of self-discovery. His journey teaches readers the wisdom of recognizing opportunity and following dreams.









Giving Tree

7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

This unforgettable, beautifully written book is one of the greatest books to gift. This story illustrates the friendship between the tree and the boy. As the boy grows older, he begins to want more from the tree. This tender story touches the subject of gift giving and serene acceptance.







job u

8. Job U by Nicholas Wyman

A practical career guide, the book focuses on America’s education system and skills development. Ideal for high school and college graduates, this business titles shows recent grads how they can equip themselves with the skills most valued in today’s job market. To learn more about the book, read the author's guest blog posts on BookPal, 5 Tips to Secure Your Dream Job, and our Q&A with him here.







Still looking for the perfect title? Find more book recommendations for grads by browsing our Pinterest board!

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This post was written by Linda Cheung, a social media intern at BookPal. She is currently reading The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna and Love, Lucy by April Linder.

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