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Graduation Gifts

Here are a few of our favorite books to give to graduates

from kindergarten to college

 

The Wonderful Things You Will Be Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385376716
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2015

The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever. This is the perfect heartfelt Valentine’s day gift for kids of all ages, plus a great choice for baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and other new beginnings!


I Wish You More (Encouragement Gifts for Kids, Uplifting Books for Graduation) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452126999
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 31st, 2015

The #1 New York Times bestselling children's book


What Do You Do with an Idea? Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938298073
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - February 1st, 2014

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.

This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult.


All Because You Matter Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338574852
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Published: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020

Instant New York Times bestseller!

A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

The #1 Amazon Best Children's Book of


Be You!  Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338572315
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Published: Orchard Books - March 3rd, 2020

A New York Times Bestseller!Creative visionary of The Word Collector, Happy Dreamer, and The Dot, #1 New York Times bestseller Peter H.


Never Grow Up Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593353059
Availability: Usually Available in 2-10 Business Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

An all-new Roald Dahl story that's perfect for graduation and all of life's special moments!

What would happen if you never had to grow up? You never had to become a grown-up with all of the not-fun things that come with it. No vegetables, no jobs, and definitely no boredom.


Graduation Mad Libs: World's Greatest Word Game Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780843113495
Availability: Usually Available in 2-10 Business Days
Published: Mad Libs - March 24th, 2005

Mad Libs is the world’s greatest word game and a great gift for anyone who likes to laugh! Write in the missing words on each page to create your own hilariously funny stories about grads of all ages. Put on your cap and NOUN because it’s time to celebrate in style with Graduation Mad Libs.


The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller and #1 USA Today bestseller

Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition.

“Stunning.” —CNN
“Dynamic.” —NPR


10 ½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said Cover Image
By Charles Wheelan, Peter Steiner (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393074314
Availability: Special Order (email to check availability)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2012

“A book filled with so much wisdom that I have no choice but to recommend it.”—Craig Wilson, USA Today


Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780812996272
Availability: Usually Available in 2-10 Business Days
Published: Random House - April 22nd, 2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This inspiring meditation on kindness from the author of Lincoln in the Bardo is based on his popular commencement address.


If This Isn't Nice, What Is? (Even More) Expanded Third Edition: The Graduation Speeches and Other Words to Live By Cover Image
By Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Wakefield (Selected by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781609806101
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Published: Seven Stories Press - March 31st, 2020

For this first-ever paperback edition of If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, the beloved collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s campus speeches, editor Dan Wakefield has unearthed three early gems as a sort of prequel—the anti-war Moratorium Day speech he gave in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in October 1969, a 1970 speech to Bennington College recommending “skylarking,” and a 1


This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316068222
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 14th, 2009

In this rare peak into the personal life of the author of numerous bestselling novels, gain an understanding of David Foster Wallace and how he became the man that he was.


Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear Cover Image
By Carl Hiaasen, Roz Chast (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525655015
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Published: Knopf - April 10th, 2018

This is Oh, the Places You'll Never Go--the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it.

"This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning."


Make Good Art Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062266767
Availability: Backordered (email to check availability)
Published: William Morrow - May 14th, 2013

In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art.


Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The internationally acclaimed author of Wild collects the best of The Rumpus's Dear Sugar advice columns plus never-before-published pieces. Rich with humor and insight—and absolute honesty—this "wise and compassionate" (New York Times Book Review) book is a balm for everything life throws our way.


Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063227934
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Published: HarperOne - January 11th, 2022

International bestseller

“Smart, insightful, and warm. Dr. Julie is both the expert and wise friend we all need.” –Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and co-host of the "Dear Therapists" podcast?


Special Topics in Being a Human: A Queer and Tender Guide to Things I've Learned the Hard Way about Caring for People, Including Myself Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781551528540
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 12th, 2021

As an author, educator, and public speaker, S. Bear Bergman has documented his experience as, among other things, a trans parent, with wit and aplomb. He also writes the advice column "Ask Bear," in which he answers crucial questions about how best to make our collective way through the world.


The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492645962
Availability: Usually Available in 2-10 Business Days
Published: Sourcebooks - April 4th, 2017

For 10 years (and counting), The Naked Roommate has been the #1 go-to guide for your very best college experience!

From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).


The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier, and More Beautiful Cover Image
By Yumi Sakugawa, Yumi Sakugawa (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250092250
Availability: Usually Available in 2-10 Business Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 2nd, 2017

Author, illustrator and comic book artist Yumi Sakugawa shares a wide range of useful and unexpected tips for looking and feeling better, streamlining and improving your home life, and creating fun and artsy DIY projects that can brighten your living space.


Good Housekeeping Home Skills: Master Your Domain with Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges Cover Image
By Good Housekeeping (Editor), Jane Francisco (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781950785209
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Published: Hearst Home - March 15th, 2022

A practical and attractive handbook with more than 850 essential life skills to get anything done faster and easier


Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780743272865
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Published: Scribner - May 17th, 2005

The classic bestselling resource for every American household, Home Comforts addresses the meanings as well as the methods of housekeeping to help you manage everyday chores, find creative solutions to modern domestic dilemmas, and enhance the experience of life at home.

"Home Comforts is to the house what Joy of Cooking is to food." —USA TODAY


How to Fix Stuff: Practical Hacks for Your Home and Garden Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781645179467
Availability: Usually Available in 2-10 Business Days
Published: Thunder Bay Press - May 10th, 2022

Become your own handyperson with these fifty nifty home hacks!

This helpful guide to DIY home repair will make fixing stuff a breeze. Whether you need to patch a hole in a floor, restore a well-worn piece of furniture, or build a planter in your backyard, this book shows you how to do it with step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and illustrations.


Making Stuff and Doing Things: DIY Guides to Just about Everything Cover Image
By Kyle Bravo (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781621066477
Availability: Backordered (email to check availability)
Published: Microcosm Publishing - December 13th, 2016

When you're young, broke, and in search of a life of adventure, Making Stuff and Doing Things is the most useful book on the planet. It's an indispensable handbook full of basic life skills for the young punk or activist, or for anyone who's trying to get by, get stuff done, and live life to the fullest without a lot of money.


Make Thrift Mend: Stitch, Patch, Darn, Plant-Dye & Love Your Wardrobe Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419743993
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Published: Abrams - April 20th, 2021

Slow fashion influencer Katrina Rodabaugh, bestselling author of Mending Matters, teaches readers how to mend, patch, dye, and alter clothing for an environmentally conscious, reimagined wardrobe

Slow fashion influencer Katrina Rodabaugh follows her bestselling book, Mending Matters, with a comprehensive guide to building (and keeping) a wardrobe tha


The Art of Repair: Mindful mending: how to stitch old things to new life Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781780724423
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Published: Short Books - February 1st, 2022

In this beautiful book, master repairer, Molly Martin, champions the value of slow and sustainable fashion and the psychological benefits that go with it

For Molly Martin, it all started with a pair of socks. Her favorite pair.


How To Cook Everything—completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food Cover Image
$37.00
ISBN: 9781328545435
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Published: Harvest - October 1st, 2019

The ultimate kitchen companion, completely updated and better than ever, now for the first time featuring color photos
 


Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781501169717
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Published: Scribner - November 12th, 2019

“Generation after generation, Joy has been a warm, encouraging presence in American kitchens, teaching us to cook with grace and humor.


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

Now a Netflix series!

New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook and multiple IACP Cookbook Awards

Named one of the Best Books of 2017 by: NPR, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Rachel Ray Every Day, San Francisco Chronicle


Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474195
Availability: Usually Available in 2-10 Business Days
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 8th, 2016

The hilarious debut Sarah's Scribbles collection from Sarah Andersen, winner of three consecutive Goodreads Choice Awards for Graphic Novels and Comics

These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us.


The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Expert Advice for Extreme Situations (Survival Handbook, Wilderness Survival Guide, Funny Books) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781452172187
Availability: Usually Available in 2-10 Business Days
Published: Chronicle Books - April 30th, 2019

The 20th anniversary edition of the international bestseller


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