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Graduation Gifts: Inspirational Kids’ Books

The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 6, 2010

Confucius once said, “Where ever you go, go with all your heart.” With this in mind, I have selected the following books based on their ability to inspire.

Reach for the Stars: and Other Advice for Life’s Journey

by Serge Bloch

Reading level: Ages 4-99

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Sterling (April 6, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

What to expect: Figure of speech and humor

Author Serge Bloch has cleverly combined an inspiring collection of idioms into one marvelous anecdote that is both humanizing and uplifting. The outcome: “Reach for the Stars.” Presented on thick, white pages are simple pen and ink illustrations of a boy and his dog; complimenting, enhancing, explaining, and humoring each turn of phrase. Small amounts of photography have been added to the pictures, providing splashes of energetic color.

Bloch’s comedic timing offers readers a chance to laugh at life’s “bumpy” moments and reminds us to “blaze our own trail.” Readers that may frequently find themselves in a pickle will undoubtedly be left smiling—inside and out.  This hardcover gift book is a great choice for graduation, the first day of school, a first job—or anyone that needs a little reminder to “march to the beat of a different drummer.”

Add this book to your collection: Reach for the Stars: and Other Advice for Life’s Journey

You may also like: Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards

Oh, the Places You'll Go Pop-Up

Oh, the Places You’ll Go Pop-Up

by Dr. Seuss and David A. Carter

Reading level: Ages 4-99

Hardcover: 22 pages

Publisher: Robin Corey Books; 20 Pop Anv edition (March 9, 2010)

Source: Publisher

What to expect: Inspiration and encouragement

Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! has to be one of the most inspiring and encouraging pieces of literacy for children and adults, alike. From the words of wisdom to the nostalgic illustrations, this story is a gift-book favorite among many. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, the amazing Paper Engineer, David A. Carter (known for his artistic creations One Red Dot and Blue 2), has created a pop-up version that does not disappoint. This awesome book now moves and pops.  Every page unfolds into an elaborate scene that truly deepens the original artwork.

Add this book to your collection: Oh, the Places You’ll Go Pop-Up

You may also like: Oh The Places You’ll Go! (Dr. Seuss Happy Graduation Gift Set)

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • Just came across your site and wanted to introduce myself and my books to you. My two titles are listed at #1 and #2 on Amazon for both ‘GIFT SUGGESTION’ and for ‘GRADUATION GIFT SUGGESTION’. As a veteran educator who speaks about topics of motivation and literacy, I would love to be contacted if you see a good ‘fit’ for me to be a ‘FEATURED AUTHOR’.
    Carole Hamburger

    July 17, 2010

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