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Practical gifts are great, but sometimes you just want to give something meaningful or sentimental, especially as a child moves from one stage in life to another. Giving picture books for graduation gifts can be a great way to memorialize the occasion whether your child is graduating from kindergarten, high school, or college. I still have the copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go! I received from a family friend as a high school graduation gift.

Here are some of the best picture books out there for graduates.

If I Never Forever Endeavor by Holly Meade is a beautiful, poetic book about fear of failure and trying anyway. If you are too afraid to fly, you’ll never know if you can. This really is perfect for kids going off to college or starting a career for the first time.

I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a book full of beautiful wishes for a child such as, “I wish you more ups than downs,” or “I wish you more give than take.” Rosenthal is a wonderful writer, and this book make a great gift for any person you care about.

Wherever You Go by Pat Zietlow Miller is a lovely rhyming journey about wherever roads will take you. It feels like an updated, beautifully illustrated version of Oh, The Places You’ll Go. See for yourself in the book trailer below.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss is, of course, the classic graduation gift. This is a great fall back, but I think you’ll be pleased with any of the previous books listed.

Did you ever receive a picture book for graduation?

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