Graduation Books For Every Age

Graduation season is upon us and children, teens and young adults everywhere are getting ready to take that next—and very big step—in their lives. Whether your kids are getting ready to go to school for the first time or saying goodbye to school for the very last, this time of year is full of emotions, especially for parents. As we aim to arm our kids with all the knowledge and inspire them as much as we can, we also know that sometimes the best encouragement can come from none other than a wonderful book. Books about graduation are not only written to rouse good feelings and spark creativity, but also are meant to calm those jitters about the impending future. Whether your little one is embarking on the their first days of kindergarten or your 20-something is jetting off into the adult world all on their own, these 12 books aim to excite, energize and shed a light on what lies ahead. Congrats grads!

Graduation Books For Every Age
Kindergarten, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg photo

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"Kindergarten, Here I Come!" by D.J. Steinberg

This rhyming book takes your almost-Kindergartener through all the milestones that they can expect during that first year of "real" school. It tackles first-day-of-school nerves as well as all the fun things Kindergartners do everyday! Your kid will learn things like criss-cross applesauce, riding the school bus and eating in the cafeteria and will definitely have a leg up during those first few weeks. ($3; amazon.com)

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Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss photo

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"Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss

Sure, this book is meant for young kids, but it's so famous and so inspiring that people of all ages refer to it whenever they're in need of a little boost. "You'll be on your way up! / You'll be seeing great sights! / You'll join the high fliers / who soar to high heights," is just one of the many sentences of encouragement Dr. Seuss lays out in this book. ($10; amazon.com)

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Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl by Barbara Park photo

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"Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl" by Barbara Park

The loveable Junie B. Jones is graduating kindergarten in this book that teaches all about the importance of having patience, but also to always be yourself. The fun writing along with the wonderful and detailed illustrations make this such a fun read for your kindergarten grad! ($5; amazon.com)

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I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal photo

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"I Wish You More" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Your little one is growing up fast, and this might just be the perfect book to slow down time—if only for a bit. It offers dozens of "wishes" for your child who is getting ready to take some very big steps. Taking a moment to sit and read this together is a perfect way to give your child all the encouragement she needs to tackle the first grade! ($9; amazon.com)

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Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg photo

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"Last Day Blues" by Julie Danneberg

Your child is getting ready to say goodbye to their very first school, and this can definitely bring up a ton of emotions. This book helps to ease some of the anxiety that comes with switching schools by delving into the lives of teachers beyond the classroom. It's a fun and encouraging read! ($8; amazon.com)

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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan photo

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"The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary" by Laura Shovan

This book uses poetry to perfectly capture all the intense emotions that come with leaving elementary school behind. It features the words of 18 fifth graders who learn that their school is set to close, making them the last fifth-grade class. The poems are authentic and easy to read. They might even inspire the inner poet in your soon-to-be middle schooler. ($7; amazon.com)

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Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook by Marissa Moss photo

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"Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook" by Marissa Moss

Amelia is starting back at the bottom, so to speak, as a former 8th grader, soon-to-be high school freshman. This book perfectly captures all the memories she will be taking with her in the form of a yearbook she completely designed herself, which is full of her own drawings and notes. She expresses her worries about starting high school and saying goodbye to her best friend as only Amelia knows how. ($5; amazon.com)

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I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka photo

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"I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives" by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka

Pen pals become best friends in this moving story about two children who become connected through a school assignment. Starting in 1997, Caitlin and Martin started a pen pal exchange that has turned into a lasting friendship to this day. It gives an inspiring look at life in another culture. (9; amazon.com)

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The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen photo

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"The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College" by Harlan Cohen

This Amazon best seller is aptly (and hilariously) titled and sheds a light on everything one can expect from college life. From naked roommates to sharing bathrooms, to money woes and even navigating the party scene, this book covers it all. When your teen turns a deaf year to all your good advice, throw this book at them! ($17; amazon.com)

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The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between by Nora Bradbury-Haehl photo

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"The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between" by Nora Bradbury-Haehl

Help your child make the leap from high school to college with this incredibly informative book. It tackles tough issues such as mental health, sexual assault, and finding balance as well as tips for studying, making friends and even dating. The advice is down to earth and can be read cover to cover or in bits and pieces. ($13; amazon.com)

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Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg photo

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"Lean In for Graduates" by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg changed the workplace game for women with her book Lean In. Now she's taking that same groundbreaking advice and tailoring it to college graduates. Sandberg, along with a group of experts, provides advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job, résumé writing, best interviewing practices, negotiating your salary, listening to your inner voice, owning who you are and leaning in for millennial men. ($14; amazon.com)

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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown photo

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"Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps" by Kelly Williams Brown

This book is for those who wear suits to a job interview but pajamas to the grocery store or for any adult who still feels like they have quite a bit of growing up to do! It takes the daunting idea of doing things on your own and breaks them down into manageable and quite funny steps. From renting your first apartment to navigating relationships with new coworkers, this book covers it all! ($14; amazon.com)

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