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  • BN Editors 4:00 am on 2020/05/28 Permalink
    Tags: Elizabeth Segran, graduation, , the rocket years   

    A Survival Kit for the Graduates of 2020 from the Author of The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch the Rest of Your Life 

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    Elizabeth Segran, author The Rocket Years joins us to offer helpful advice to new graduates about harnessing their creative energies and using them as a launchpad for the rest of their lives. With humor and a lot of research, Segran’s insightful anecdotes capture all the wisdom you wish you were told and will have you racing to get this into the hands of every twentysomething person you know.

    If you’re a college senior — or happen to have one in your life — congratulations! The last couple of weeks have been rocky and full of disappointments, but you’ve gotten through it. This is not the graduation anyone had in mind, but it doesn’t diminish the incredible accomplishment. Take a moment to celebrate everything you’ve achieved so far.

    Members of the Class of 2020 are coming of age in the midst of a pandemic. I know things look bleak right now, but I believe young people have a lot to look forward to in the years to come. This crisis will eventually pass. And it is this generation that will have the opportunity to pick up the pieces and rebuild the world. They’ll use their talents and passions to launch companies, kickstart social movements, and create the families that will shape the future. During this strange period of self-isolation, they have a moment to pause and ponder what they really want. They can begin charting their course in life.

    I’ve spent a lot of time researching the magical, pivotal post-college decade for my new book, The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch The Rest Of Your Life. Our twenties are the period when we write our own origin stories, figure out who we are and what matters to us, and make crucial decisions. My book lays out the big decisions we confront in these years and provides evidence-based advice about how to navigate them.

    In many ways, this book is the roadmap I wish I’d had as I was muddling through my career and romantic relationships in my twenties. As a millennial, I entered the job market in the wake of the Great Recession. I have a lot of empathy for today’s twentysomethings who are starting their adult lives in another strange, difficult moment in history. But I believe today’s graduates have many reasons to be hopeful about what is in store for them. Here are some insights about what they can do right now to lay the groundwork for their futures.

    • Don’t Give Up on The Dream Job: In the midst of economic uncertainty, it’s easy to give up on a career that aligns with one’s passions and identity. But I urge everyone to keep searching for deeply satisfying work. During recessions, many young people hop between short-term positions and turn to gig work to pay the bills. These can be opportunities to learn what kind of work they enjoy and to build their resume, which can be stepping-stones to that dream job.
    • Deepen Relationships: Our twenties are an important time to build our lifelong network of friends — the people who will support us in the decades to come. Don’t let this period of social distancing derail relationships. It might feel strange to transition from interacting in person to talking over FaceTime, but it’s worth pushing through the awkwardness because this may lay the foundation for a lifelong friendship.
    • Develop Coping Mechanisms: During this incredibly difficult time, it’s crucial to do things that make us happy. It’s a good time to invest in passion projects, whether that’s playing an instrument or knitting or painting. Research shows that hobbies are a fantastic mechanism for coping with stress, so it’s worth focusing on them now. And many young people become more sedentary in their post-college years. Now might be a good time to develop the fitness routines that will last a lifetime. This is a great way to keep both body and mind healthy during this period.

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  • Jen Harper 4:00 pm on 2019/04/17 Permalink
    Tags: believe: a pop-up book of possibilities, , for every one, , gmorning gnight: little pep talks for me and you, , graduation, graduation day, in conclusion don't worry about it, love the fur you're in, the happiest tree: a story of growing up   

    7 Fun New Gift Books for Graduates of All Ages 

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    We can almost hear those opening notes of “Pomp and Circumstance, as everyone rushes to wrap a new copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! for their favorite grad. But if you’re looking for something a little different to give the graduate on their big day, we have some awesome options. Whether you know a graduate who is getting ready to make the leap from kindergarten to first grade, or one who is finishing the last exam before they get their college degree, we have rounded up a few perfect new gift books that might just give the perennial Dr. Seuss favorite a run for its money.

    The Happiest Tree: A Story of Growing Up, by Hyeon-Ju Lee
    For those who loved Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, The Happiest Tree tells another heartwarming and tear-jerking tale of taking root and branching out. A gingko tree outside an apartment building narrates this sweet and emotionally poignant story. As it grows, the gingko gets to know residents on different floors of the building—a piano class on the ground floor when it is 10; at 14, an artist on the second floor whose muse is the tree itself; a family as it gets older still; and ultimately a lonely elderly woman. The book offers a beautiful message all about the transitions between sadness and joy that come with growing up.

    Love the Fur You’re In, by Random House
    In celebration of Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary comes this colorful picture book filled with important advice to keep in mind whether you’re graduating from preschool or college. Help your grad to find a sunny day to sweep the clouds away with wise and witty wisdom such as “Get out in the rain and dance,” “Don’t hide your light under a trashcan lid,” “Be someone’s Super Grover!” and more. Full-color pictures of beloved characters like Big Bird, Grover, Oscar, Ernie, Bert, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count, and others will have everyone feeling nostalgic and asking, “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?”

    In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It, by Lauren Graham
    Lauren Graham may be best known for talking as fast as she could on the show Gilmore Girls, but she’s also a bestselling author of both fiction and memoir and an all-around wise and witty woman, which made her a perfect pick to deliver the commencement address at her alma mater, Langley High, in 2017. In this expansion of her funny, grounding, and inspiring speech, Graham conveys such pearls of wisdom as, “If you’re kicking yourself for not having accomplished all you should have by now, don’t worry about it. Even without any ‘big’ accomplishments yet to your name, you are enough,” making her book an awesome gift for grads.

    Believe: A Pop-Up Book of Possibilities, by Robert Sabuda
    Proof that we never outgrow the delightful whimsy of a pop-up book, paper artist Robert Sabuda’s new book offers a magnificently designed reflection on moving from dreaming to achieving. Flat images representing possibilities—a pinecone, an egg, a paper airplane—accompany simple text on one spread, and each is followed up by an amazing 3-D pop-up image representing a successful coming to fruition—a towering tree, a flight of birds, a rocket blasting off. Readers of all ages will appreciate the intricate engineering of the paper works and the message of following your dreams.

    For Every One, by Jason Reynolds
    Bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s For Every One was originally performed at the Kennedy Center’s unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and thankfully, it was also turned into a beautiful volume that can be gifted to any grad dreaming of something big. In a collection of short poems, Reynolds writes of his own struggles, hopes, dreams, insecurities, and more: “At sixteen / I thought / I would’ve made it / by now. / Now / I’m making up / what making it / means.” His uplifting message of perseverance will truly resonate with anyone and everyone.

    Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun
    Who couldn’t use a little motivational pick-me-up in the morning and some comforting and calming words of reassurance before bed each night? That’s precisely what creator and star of Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda and illustrator and acclaimed artist Jonny Sun deliver in this 200-plus–page tome. Miranda has been offering up these original sayings and aphorisms to his Twitter followers for quite some time, and they resonated so deeply with so many people that Miranda collected the best of his beginning- and end-of-the-day messages, accompanied by Sun’s black-and-white drawings, in this grad-gift–worthy book.

    Getting There: A Workbook for Growing Up, by Mari Andrew
    Instagram artist Mari Andrew gave readers a candid and vulnerable look into her own winding path to adulthood, which involved a breakup and the death of her father in 2015, with Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood. And now, this new guided companion to her first book gives those on their own journey some imaginative and inspiring prompts and questions and plenty of space for recording their own trials, tribulations, and celebrations as they move into adulthood. This is a perfect gift for grads as they venture out into the world.

    What are your favorite new books to gift to graduates?

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  • Joel Cunningham 5:29 pm on 2015/04/29 Permalink
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    Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Presents for Every Graduate 

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    Whether your graduate is moving on from nursery school, middle school, high school, or college, there’s one book that’s universally applicable. It shares an important lesson for every graduate: that when you’re starting something new, nothing is more important than actually starting. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! ranks among Dr. Seuss’s most beloved books—and that’s saying something. Below, you’ll find the perfect related gift for every grad on your list.

    Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
    Quite simply, a book that belongs in every library. Celebrating the highs and braving the lows of life out there in the big, big world, Seuss’ inarguable classic has become a graduation tradition because it so perfectly encapsulates the excitement of finally cresting that hill and seeing what awaits you on the other side.

    Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 12 oz Ceramic Mug
    You know you’ve truly grown up when there’s nothing you look forward to so much as your morning coffee. Adorned with bright, full-color Seussian imagery, this 12-ounce ceramic mug will put at least as much pep in your graduate’s step as all that caffeine. 

    Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Lined Spiral Journal
    Your graduate is going places—make sure she has somewhere to write down all the adventures she’ll have along the way! With 320 lined pages, a study vinyl cover, and an elastic closure, this journal will stand up to whatever the future has in store.

    Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (B&N Exclusive Edition)
    If you want to give a timeless gift a more personal touch, this exclusive Barnes & Noble edition offers eight blank pages perfect for notes of congratulation and encouragement, plus a pocket for tucking away photos, graduation programs, and other keepsakes from that special day.

    Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Deluxe Cloth Slipcased Edition)
    Featuring an elegant, cloth slipcase, this deluxe edition makes a great gift for high school or college graduates, and it just might become a new family heirloom.

    Oh The Places You’ll Go! 18 oz Tritan Water Bottle
    Your graduate is going places—best to stay hydrated along the way! With an insulated double wall design and a spill-proof top with straw.

    Oh the Places You’ll Go! 18 oz Oval Mug
    For those days when 12 ounces just won’t cut it, this oversized, whimsically shaped, brightly-colored mug could have popped off the pages of Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic.

    Oh, the Places I’ve Been! Bound Lined Journal
    Your graduate is going to have quite a story to tell. This 160-page hardcover motivational journal will encourage him to track his progress daily.

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  • Dell Villa 3:53 pm on 2015/04/24 Permalink
    Tags: graduation, , , , the little engine that could,   

    These Books Make Perfect Presents for Graduates of All Ages 

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    The smell of achievement laced with honeysuckle is in the air. Kindergarteners are bringing home stacks of priceless macaroni art, and sleep-deprived teenagers are up at 3 a.m. putting the final touches on their term papers. Have you guessed what I’m getting at? It’s graduation time, of course! Chances are, you’re attending a ceremony this spring for someone you love and hope to inspire, encourage, and teach how to do laundry. And if you’re looking for a present for that special someone, there’s no gift more inspiring or useful than a book. Our list is packed with beloved classics, as well as quirky, horizon-broadening picture books, so read on to find the perfect present for graduates of all ages. And don’t forget to put on your shades, folks, because bright futures are ahead!

    The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh, by A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard
    This gentle, honey-loving bear, who has been charming millions since the original publication of his stories in 1926 and 1928, is ready to become a part of your favorite graduate’s celebration. This substantial volume combines Winnie-the-Pooh with its successor, The House at Pooh Corner. Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Christopher Robin are rendered in their original forms for readers of all ages to enjoy. Fall in love with Milne’s seminal work all over again this year. We’re certain you’ll want to keep a copy just as much as you’ll want to give one away.

    Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings, by Shel Silverstein
    While the messages and rhymes are ostensibly simple and silly, Silverstein’s classic is actually a deep meditation on the simplicity and silliness of life itself. Flip through this book and you’ll realize that there’s no reason to make things so hard—life is meant to be challenging, but it’s also supposed to be enjoyable. Giving a graduate this book is the perfect way to remind her to find humor even in tough times.

    The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    Cherished the world over, The Little Prince is a compact volume that might just hold the key to understanding the meaning of life—a fitting gift for ambitious graduates, right? Translated from its original French, The Little Prince is the tale of a man who crashes his plane over the Sahara Desert and consequently encounters a tiny prince from another planet who possesses a tantalizing secret.

    What Do You Do With an Idea?, by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom
    The eureka! moment from which a new idea materializes is thrilling, but sharing that idea with the world can be scary. This story follows one child—and his brilliant idea—on a very exciting journey. As the child grows and gains confidence, so does his idea. When the time is right, the idea, which has now matured into a full-blown concept, is released into the world, and the black and white illustrations come to life in big, bold color. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein and Maurice Sendak, this is an exceptionally inspirational tale for graduates young and old, and destined to become a classic.

    Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters, by Oliver Jeffers
    From A to Z, every letter has a story, and your grad will be thankful that Jeffers took the time to articulate and interweave each letter’s remarkable tale in this delightful compendium. In fact, if you knew a grad who could actually recognize an encyclopedia, they might tell you that this book is like a Britannica volume that’s actually fun to read.

    The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper and Loren Long
    “I think I can” has become an unofficial mantra for generations of earnest children, and it’s certainly a fitting phrase for anyone crossing the stage to accept a hard-earned diploma this spring. In this edition, the classic tale of a determined little engine who believed in himself is brought to life in vivid color and sensitivity by the beloved illustrator of the Otis picture books. Once you’ve reread this special tale, it might be hard to give it away.

    Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
    This charming picture book, from one of our favorite writer and illustrator teams, features Rosie Revere, a young girl who, while small in stature, has some pretty big ideas. She dreams of flying, and late at night, when she’s supposed to be asleep, she’s is always hard at work on some gadget. This pint-sized inventor is the great-great niece of none other than Rosie the Riveter, and when Aunt Rosie comes to visit, Rosie Revere learns some very important lessons about never giving up. While the mixed media illustrations are lighthearted, they underscore a powerful message.

    The Giving Tree: 50th Anniversary Edition, by Shel Silverstein
    While I am still unable to read this story without crying, I do wholeheartedly support it as a gift for graduates, for while they may resemble the Boy today, someday they will become more like the Tree. Both roles are admirable and challenging. Make sure that your graduate has a copy of this book before he heads off to pursue his next set of goals—you’ll thank us later.

    Oh, the Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss
    It’s clear to see why Dr. Seuss’s uplifting tale for “out-starting upstarts of all ages” is a perennial graduate gift favorite. The lilting verse is whimsical and wise, and the lessons in the story have never become outdated. It’s a perfect read-aloud—and read-over-and-over-again—tale, and a powerfully fun way to celebrate the members of our youngest generation as they take off and find their own way in the world.

    What a Wonderful World, by Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, Louis Armstrong, and Tim Hopgood
    We all know Armstrong’s rumbling baritone, and the happy feeling those first strains of this joyful song give us, but have you ever considered what that song might look like? Tim Hopgood offers a captivating visual representation of Armstrong’s classic tune in this delightful picture book, inviting us to follow a small child and his bluebird companion through a whimsical universe filled with bold yellow suns, puffy clouds, and shooting stars. Hope, love, and wonder abound in this book, which suggests to a new generation that a peaceful world is still within our reach.

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  • Jen Harper 8:46 pm on 2015/04/20 Permalink
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    10 Graduation Stories You Never Outgrow 

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    Whether you know a proud kindergarten graduate, a teen donning a cap and gown to get her high school diploma, or someone finishing the last exam for his college degree, a book is an outstanding gift to celebrate all his/her hard work and accomplishments. Here are ten choices that your giftee will enjoy for years to come.

    Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
    “Now here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” An apt quote from The Little Prince begins one of the chapters in R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, which tells the story of August (Auggie) Pullman, an ordinary 10-year-old boy with an extraordinary appearance. Auggie was born with facial abnormalities and, due to his health, has been homeschooled his entire life. He’s now entering public school and, as he puts it, is “pretty much totally and completely petrified.” Told from the differing perspectives of Auggie, his classmates, his sister, and others, this remarkable novel follows Auggie on his journey towards acceptance, proving that you really can’t judge a book by its cover—a great lesson to learn at any age.

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling
    The first book in J.K. Rowling’s world-famous series about a young wizard named Harry Potter is inspirational for two key reasons. For starters, Rowling’s personal life is a rags-to-riches tale; she went from being a single mother on welfare who was told she shouldn’t expect to make much money writing children’s books, to being the author of the bestselling book series of all time. Secondly, Harry himself comes from meager beginnings, forced to live in a dusty cupboard under the stairs at his aunt and uncle’s house after his parents are killed when he’s a baby. He is unaware of his wizarding background and his legendary status as “the boy who lived” until he is 11 years old. Whether they identify with Rowling or with her beloved fictional creation, graduates will find inspiration here.

    The Giver, by Lois Lowry
    Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly utopian society—there’s no crime, hunger, or poverty. But neither is there love, music, or color. Children are assigned jobs by the Elders at the Ceremony of Twelve; their entire life’s work is decided for them when they’re only 12 years old. And Jonas is given the most important and most difficult job of all: Receiver of Memory. He then learns the ugly truth about his community and its dystopian, mind-controlling reality. He and the Giver, from whom he receives the memories, devise a plot for Jonas’ escape from the Sameness. But can he really leave? Lowry’s provocative book is a classic that celebrates the power of love, humanity, and an indomitable spirit. It will encourage graduates to question everything and embrace even the toughest challenges life throws at them.

    I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
    On October 9, 2012, while Malala Yousafzai was heading to school, an armed Taliban member boarded her bus and asked, “Who is Malala?” before shooting her at point-blank range. Her crime? Speaking against a Taliban mandate forbidding women and girls from attending school. Adapted for young readers from the original bestselling memoir, this powerful book tells Malala’s story and follows her as she becomes an important voice in the battle to achieve education for all. Her work provides a shining example of the ability to effect change no matter how dismal the circumstances may seem.

    The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
    “Patient is a useful way to be when you’re an ape,” says Ivan, a silverback gorilla who lives in a glass cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. “Gorillas are as patient as stones. Humans, not so much.” He’s been there for so long—27 years—that he doesn’t remember much about his life in the jungle. While humans file in off the freeway to stare at him, Ivan watches TV, creates art, eats bananas, and hangs out with his friends Stella, an elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. One day, Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, arrives at the mall, and Ivan is forced to recall his life as a free animal, compelling him to secure a better life for Ruby and himself. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla named Ivan, this illustrated novel will stick with readers long after they’ve turned the last page. It teaches lasting lessons about friendship, courage, and the importance of kindness.

    Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
    Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir is written entirely in free verse—vivid, well-crafted poems that tell the stirring story of her childhood. Brown Girl Dreaming covers much ground in its 336 pages—Woodson’s childhood in the ’60s and ’70s in South Carolina and then New York, living with her grandmother and then later reuniting with her mother, navigating a segregated South, experiencing the Civil Rights movement, being brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness, and finding her voice as a burgeoning writer despite her difficulties with reading. The book is a beautifully written coming-of-age story, told honestly and eloquently, that reinforces the power of having hope and holding onto your dreams.

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
    Best described by its author, Brian Selznick, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things.” This unique work tells the tale of Hugo, a 12-year-old orphan who lives in the walls of a Paris train station, fixing clocks and stealing to survive. He’s also attempting to repair an automaton—a mechanical man with a pen poised in hand, discovered by his now-deceased father. Hugo believes the robot has a message to deliver him from his father, who recently died in a fire. Inspired by French filmmaker Georges Méliès, the story flies by, with nearly 300 pages of black-and-white illustrations in the more-than-500-page book.

    Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
    Heidi has been engaging and entertaining readers for more than a century, and this particular edition, with a stunningly illustrated cover by Anna Bond, lead artist for stationery brand Rifle Paper Co., makes an especially delightful gift. Heidi is the story of a young Swiss orphan who is sent to live with her surly grandfather at the age of 5. The joyful and sweetly sincere Heidi loves her grandfather and her life with him in the mountains, so she’s devastated to leave when her aunt sends her to live with another family in the city to act as a companion for a girl in a wheelchair. How can Heidi find her way back to her grandfather and her true home? A charming story about the power of love and forgiveness.

    The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the enchanting first book in C.S. Lewis’s bestselling fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, was first published in 1950; the novels have since sold more than 100 million copies. And whether it’s a reader’s first or 50th trip through the wardrobe to the magical land of Narnia, where mythical creatures and talking animals are the norm, this collector’s edition boxed set is a gorgeous way to transport them. Pauline Baynes has hand-painted her original black-and-white pictures for this full-color collection. The set includes all seven titles in the series—The Magician’s Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle.

    Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
    Though its setting and original publication were in the 19th century, Little Women is a timeless children’s classic. It follows the lives of the March girls—Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth—and their mother as they struggle and persevere while their father is away serving as a chaplain during the Civil War. It celebrates the bonds of family and teaches the important lessons: that happiness isn’t dependent upon possessions, and that this too shall pass. While the family endures its share of heartache, the story is ultimately an uplifting one that will inspire every reader.

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