Yay, You! : Moving Up and Moving On by Sandra Boynton is a book for new graduates, or anyone facing imminent change. With Sandra’s trademark illustrations and adorable rhymes, this book celebrates all changes and moving forward. Hardcover. Little Simon, 2001.
June brings little learners to the end of school. Whether this is the end of preschool, Kindergarten or a higher grade, it is a time of change—and the perfect time to celebrate their accomplishments thus far and to look forward to what they’ll do next. Here are five books to help mark this milestone in your younger learner’s life, to help them celebrate the past year, or the end of school, and look forward to next September and beyond.
Last Day Blues (Mrs. Hartwell’s Class Adventures) is about a class that’s excited to leave for summer vacation—but they don’t want their teacher to miss them while they’re gone! This fun book brings a classroom to life and shows students that they have more in common with their teachers than they may think. Hardcover and Paperback. Charlesbridge, 2006.
The Last Day of Kindergarten is about a little girl who is sad Kindergarten is coming to an end. She looks back over her exciting first year of school… and then realizes that graduating is exciting too and first grade will probably be just as much fun as Kindergarten. Kindle and Hardcover. Two Lions, 2011.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!by Dr. Seuss is a classic book about all the things a young person can do—and it’s available in a graduation gift set to celebrate your graduate’s achievements. The kit includes a box, card, door hanger, journal, banner, official Dr. Seuss diploma, photo frame, stickers and magnets, jigsaw puzzle, and a bookmark. The book itself (available separately) celebrates big dreams and achievements with Dr. Suess’ trademark rhymes and silly illustrations. Cartwheel Books, 2010.
Reach for the Stars: and Other Advice for Lifes Journeyby Serge Bloch encourages and congratulates those celebrating milestones. With Bloch’s wonderful line drawings and photography, this book is sure to delight and inspire those who are facing forks in the road or uphill battles to reach for the stars and shoot for the moon. Hardcover or paperback. Sterling, 2010.
Bonnie Way is a mom with three daughters (ages 6, 4 and1) who enjoys reading and can’t believe her oldest is going to be graduating from Kindergarten this year. When she’s not packing lunches, driving her daughter to school or daydreaming about summer vacation, she can be found blogging about motherhood at www.thekoalabearwriter.com.