Graduation Books for High School Graduates

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When I graduated from high school and college, I got many inspirational, meaningful books that helped me to find my passion in life. Here are some of my favorites…

The Alchemist

An engaging story about finding your passion

In this beautifully written hunt for treasure from Spain to Egypt, Santiago learns to follow his passion, to never give up and that love can be transformative. Our lives are filled with signs that point us do our dreams — all we have to do is listen to them!

Favorite Quotes:
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

The Alchemist, 197 pages, fiction

The Little Prince

A tearful story about following your heart

This is an endearing story about a pilot who crash lands in the Sahara and meets a curious boy from space while he repairs his plane. With child-like playfulness, the Little Prince talks about space and questions the pilot about being an adult. Through these stories we get a raw view of how many adults lost their way because they were so caught up in the important (but meaningless) details of being an adult. The tender story does not shy away from the loneliness and loss that we are all bound to feel sometime during our life.

Favorite Quotes:
“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

The Little Prince, 96 pages with illustrations, fiction

The Whens

A whimsical picture book about following your smile

The Whens are friendly monsters that illustrate the idea “I’ll be happy when…”. After spending a lifetime searching for the next bigger and better When to finally make him happy, the main character steps off the path and listens to his heart. By following his passion, he realizes he can be happy now.

Favorite Quotes:
“I had almost been fooled into thinking I could find happiness outside of myself.”
“I only listen to my smile”

The Whens, 40 pages, picture book

Oh The Places You’ll Go

Dr. Seuss’ don’t-put-off-your-life rhyme

Through lighthearted rhymes, Dr. Seuss tells the story of a man at the start of his journey to move mountains. He warns about waiting too long to pursue your dream and flat-out says that everyone will have “bang-ups” on their journey… but that’s okay because you have a 98 3/4th chance of succeeding!

Favorite Quote:
“So be sure when you step,
Step with care and great tact.
And remember that life’s
A Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)”

Oh The Places You’ll Go, 56 pages, picture book

Tuesdays With Morrie

Twenty years after graduating, Mitch contacts a former college professor who is dying of a terminal illness. Every Tuesday he meets with Morrie for one final lesson: how to live a happy life. From his deathbed, Morrie inspires Mitch to make the most out of his life.

Favorite Quotes:
“Accept who you are; and revel in it.”
“Love wins, love always wins.”
“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hold on too long.”

Tuesdays With Morrie, 192 pages, true story

About Author Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson is the author of The Dax and Zippa Series, Monsters Midnight Feast, Wizards In The West, Butterflies Don't Chew Bubblegum and The Whens. View his Profile.

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