These are some choice picks for that graduating child in your household. There’s a few small choice for elementary, junior high and high school graduates, but most of these choices are for that college graduate and post graduating man or woman you know. Some of the choices, like The Aladdin Factor, A New Earth, and The Secret could be for younger readers as well. Here I go:
Study Tips: How to Study Effectively and Get Better Grades (Barron’s Educational Series) by William Howard Armstrong
This book could translate from the elementary or junior high grad through to the pre-grad school student. Perhaps they struggle with studying, homework and test taking. Get them a book that will give them the tools to study, work and take tests efficiently so they can utilize their study time and efforts properly and “get better grades,” of course! It is a 1990 release, but it translates well. You can find it used at Amazon.com.
The Get It Together for College by the College Board
This is a great book for a child graduating from elementary school, junior high or finishing up their freshman to junior year in high school. So, they may not know what career they want, they may not even want to think about college ate that point. It might be a good idea to get the thought in their head then. At that age, wouldn’t you have liked a book that guided you towards the steps so that, if you had wanted to go to college, you’d have the credits (class choices, extracurricular activities and community volunteering) to your records to have a better chance at scholarships and acceptance? This guide gives you a month to month planner, it’s even organized based on various times (8th grade- senior year) how early you’ve received this book too! It is especially helpful for the junior high or middle school graduate; because the earlier you prepare, the easier and better chance you have! You can find this book at Barnes and Noble Online, or find it in a location near you.
High School’s Not Forever by Jane Bluestein and Eric D. Katz
A book on how a teenager can cope socially and emotionally in high school (It may be even a good start to give it to an elementary school graduate.) is a must, especially in this day and age. High school is hard, social-wise. Give them a book that helps make the adjustment easier. Another Barnes and Noble find.
*The rest of these books can all be found at Barnes and Nobles Online or in a location near you.
97 Things to Do Before You FinishHigh School by Steven Jenkins and Erika Stalder
Make your 8th grade graduate a well-rounded high schooler while keeping them busy. This book gives your student ways to discover new places, activities and people that will open there eyes to life and the world around them. High school shouldn’t be the only thing in a teenager’s life; they should experience new things that will fulfill their lives from high school and further.
How to Study in College by Walter Park and Ross J.Q. Owens
Perhaps your high school graduate is intimidated by the prospects in college. Give them a book on how to study in college and write college papers, because it is different than high school. In its 9th Edition, this book will give your high school graduate extensive techniques that will bring your student college academic success. After all, if you’re paying for their higher education, wouldn’t you want to know they’ll make it through!?
The Budget Kit: The Common Cents Money Management Workbook by Judy Lawrence
They’re out of high school anywhere through grad school and ready to venture out into the real world of adulthood. Give them a book that will guide them to manage their money and bills. Let’s be honest, especially in America , even though high schools may offer “home ec,” they don’t actually teach home economics in that class. They teach backing, ironing, baby care and sewing, but I’ve not yet find a home ec class that teaches how to balance a checkbook, or how to budget and clip coupons for groceries, or how to save on utility bills, or how to save or how to put away retirement funds, or how to prepare for buying a home or how to manage debt, understanding your credit, or how to stay out of debt all together. Wouldn’t it have been nice to have a guide on how to live and budget your everyday life? Give them the gift you might not have gotten!
The Perfect Resume (from the Idiot’s Guide series) by Susan Ireland
This is for the Post Grad. Shouldn’t they have guidance on how to put together a professional resume to have the edge on landing that dream job? It just puts them that much ahead of the rat race. Not only will this book help them streamline their resume, but it gives tips on how to land that job as well.
Starting Your Own Business by Entrepreneur Press
Let’s say you have a graduate who wants to start a business out of school, get them a book that will guide them into the steps to take to get that business off the ground. From fleshing out the idea for your business, to building the business plan, to getting financing, this guide is a good road map.
Perfect Phrases for the Perfect Interview by Carole Martin
That Post Grad has his degree, not he needs a job. Give him or her a book that will guide them on how to present themselves in interviews and what not to land that job. These skills will help him sell himself to by knowing what to say to showcase “your strengths to that potential employer,” making the interview process less stressful for him or her.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and Arthur R. Pell
This book is a great book for that graduate who needs to network in order to find a position. It’s also a plus for those who might be getting in the sales industry or wanting to start a business out of school. Dale Carnegie also tours conferences; complimentary tickets to one of his local events might be nice too!
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Get this book to introduce your grad to the scientific Law of Attraction. Making them aware of how their thoughts, whether conscious or subconscious, affect their lives might make a profound significance on how they conduct their priorities toward their future. This will give them hope and determination. Then get the proceeding book to compliment it:
The Law of Attraction by Michael J. Losier
I highly recommend, especially if you’re going to purchase The Secret for your graduate, compliment that book with, The Law of Attraction by Michael J. Losier. The reason being, if you’re going to introduce your son or daughter to the Law of Attraction, wouldn’t you also want to give them guidance on how to use the scientific law to their advantage? I would want to know how.
The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
This book (from the authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Power of Focus) uses the true tale of “A Thousand Nights and A Night,” also known as Aladdin to encourage your grad student to get over his or her fear of rejection and start asking for what the want. It tells the fascinating fact of how the original story of the magic lamp doesn’t have an “ask for and you shall receive” limit.
The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
Give that College Grad a guide on how to concentrate on getting what he or she wants in life. This book will teach them how to focus on getting their dreams. It’s another “Law of Attraction” associated books but this one gives some tools on how to get started using it as well.
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Give hope to that new college grad with Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. This book is helpful if your child is out of touch with reality and needs a bit of self-awareness. Make him or her more conscious of their thoughts and open them up to a soul cleansing before starting a new journey into adulthood.
These are just a few of many constructive books to choose from. It’s always best to go with what your graduate may need guidance on. I really think finding a book that will take them to the next step will be an immense help. No one knows your graduating child better than you, so make the choice personal.