Celebrating Graduation Milestones with #WishYouMore and Raincoast Books

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Graduation is a special time of the year where as parents we can reflect on how much our child has grown both physically and mentally over the last couple of years and as the student it marks an important milestone in their life. Whether it is a kindergarten, elementary, high school, college or university – a graduation marks an important stepping stone in a person’s life and should be celebrated as such.

Many of us want to buy the graduate in our lives a special gift to mark this time. Something that offers wisdom, advice but still keeps it light and fun. I have always found that books are the best way to say the words that sometimes are hard for us to be able to get out. Raincoast Books has a fantastic collection of books that will help you to #WishYouMore to your special graduate during the upcoming graduation season.

Celebrate Graduation with Raincoast Books

Advice from My 80 Year Old Self

What advice would your 80-year-old self give you? That is the question artist Susan O’Malley, who was herself to die far too young, asked more than a hundred ordinary people of every age, from every walk of life. She then transformed their responses into vibrant text-based images. From a prompt to do things that matter to your heart, to a reminder that it’s okay to have sugar in your tea, these are calls to action and words to live by-heartfelt, sometimes humorous, and always fiercely compassionate. This stirring celebration of our collective humanity unveils the wisdom we hold inside ourselves right now.

Susan O’Malley (1976-2015) was an internationally exhibited artist and curator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As curator and print center director at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, she worked with hundreds of artists and organized more than fifty exhibitions and public programs. As an artist, she made work that brings a sense of interconnectedness into our lives, from conversations with strangers to installations in public places. The impact of her work has traveled far and wide. O’Malley’s artwork has been exhibited in public projects across the United States-San Francisco, New York, Nashville-and around the globe in the United Kingdom, Poland, and Denmark. She exhibited at alternative spaces and cultural institutions including, in California, the Montalvo Art Center, Kala Art Institute, and Palo Alto Art Center, as well as the Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), and the Parthenon Museum (Nashville, TN). Her participatory installation Finding Your Center , a collaboration with Leah Rosenberg, was recently featured in Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and her project A Healing Walk is permanently installed at Villa Montalvo. The powerful optimism of her work lives on.

I fell in love with Advice From My 80 Year Old Self the moment I opened it. It is a wonderful collection of short quotes and sayings from a broad age and both gender groups. They are honest, they are real, some make you laugh and some make you cry. Most of all they bring home the reality that most of us don’t live in the moment. We so easily find ourselves caught up in work, social media that we miss those special moments that are around us everyday. I know that I am guilty of this and it has reminded me to put away my phone, put away my work and to be present in every moment and put away my to do list. This was an honest and heart warming book that held so much meaning for me. It is one to open up when you are unsure of yourself, when you need that motivation and to even copy that one quote that inspires you every time. It is bright, bold and unique. Reading the afterword, I was saddened to read that such a talented artist and visionary had passed suddenly at such a young age before her book was published. Her work is an inspiration to all and is especially important for youth and adults alike. I wouldn’t even wait for a graduation to give this as a gift but to give it as a gift to all youth to know that they are not alone, to have faith, to be present and to be inspired. It is a message we all need to know and understand and this book is done in such a way that all age groups will love and appreciate its meaning.

Celebrate Graduation with Raincoast Books

Keep Curious and Carry a Banana

For more than seventy-five years, the world of Curious George has delighted readers with its playful charm and deceptively simple wisdom. Fans of the Keep Calm and Carry On craze will find comfort in this Georgified version of the popular book format. Each inspiration is humorously accompanied by an illustration from the original works of H. A. Rey’s Curious George books.
Sure to make readers chuckle as only George can, this book is packed with inspiration and humor. It’s the perfect gift for all the curious people in your life!

I love Curious George ever since I was a young girl, so I could not wait to see what this book held. In Keep Curious and Carry a Banana, George uses his wit and humour to see the light in every situation. Your favourite childhood character comes alive on the pages with some of the best quotes and sayings. This book stayed true to the original Curious George in illustration, colours and humour. It is a fun book but full of wisdom that will suit youth of all ages (even adults definitely need a healthy dose of George!).

Celebrate Graduation with Raincoast Books

Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone

No matter how hard they try, parents never have time to teach their children everything they need to know before they leave home. Luckily, Becky Blades has compiled the best tidbits of advice into one thought-provoking, conversation-starting book. Covering everything from posture to finances, with a hint of motherly sass, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone is the perfect gift for leaving-the-nest kids, or anyone in your life who could use a little bit of coming-of-age common sense.

Celebrate Graduation with Raincoast Books

Letters to Me, When I Grow Up

This kids’ version of the bestselling Letters to My Future Self brings young writers a fun new way to capture their childhood. Twelve prompted letters bound into a keepsake book invite kids to share stories, draw, or make lists reflecting on what they know now, and what they imagine for their future. When they’re grown, this paper time capsule becomes a cherished-and likely hilarious-look back on who they once were and who they have become.

Celebrate Graduation with Raincoast Books

The Big Trip

This comprehensive companion, now in its third edition, provides essential pretrip planning advice, regional overviews with maps and itineraries, and practical resources for finding work abroad. Now in full colour packed with inspirational images.

Celebrate Graduation with Raincoast Books

I Wish You More

A New York Times bestseller!

Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life’s joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.

Inspire, motivate and show your love to a child in any stage of their life with these inspirational books from Raincoast Books. You can use them to guide, to educate and to start a conversation. The important part is in the meaning of the words. Whether a graduation or another important milestone in a child’s life, celebrate with meaning.

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Disclosure: I received Advice From My 80 Year Old Self and Keep Curious and Carry a Banana in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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25 thoughts on “Celebrating Graduation Milestones with #WishYouMore and Raincoast Books
  1. Brandee H

    I would love to read, ‘I wish you more’ with my son. I’d love to read ‘Keep Calm and Carry a banana’ myself. LOVE Curious George. And I’d also love to read and share with my aunt, ‘Letter’s from my 80 year old self’.

  2. joy

    what great books — i like “the big trip”, “keep curious & carry a banana” and “Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die alone” – i would give them to my daughter!

  3. jan

    I Wish You More and Advice from My 80 Year Old Self would be two I’d love to read.

  4. Sarah De Diego

    I’m always up for an adventure so, “The Big Trip” would be a good read. Everyone could use a Mom’s advice (just ask my Mom, smile) so “Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone” would be useful and I just read Curious George to my kids tonight so they could relate to “Keep Curious and Carry a Banana”. Thanks for giving.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  5. Lee-Ann S

    Keep Curious and Carry a Banana inspires me the most and I’d give it to my husband of all people.

  6. Josh S

    I would choose “Keep Curious and Carry a Banana” and “Letters to Me, When I Grow Up” and “I Wish You More”

  7. angela m

    The Big Trip,Letters to Me, When I Grow Up, and I Wish You More inspire me and I would give them to my daughter.

  8. Jennifer Lo

    Letters to Me, When I Grow Up
    Keep Curious and Carry a Banana
    I Wish You More

  9. Courtney

    I’d give these to my son! We love to read together. Our favourite inspirational book is the giving tree

  10. Stephanie LaPlante

    I like the following 3:
    – Letters to Me, When I Grow Up: Young Writer’s Edition by Lea Redmond
    – Keep Curious and Carry a Banana by H. A. Rey
    – Advice from My 80-Year-Old Self: Susan O’Malley

  11. Jonnie

    Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone, Keep Curious and Carry a Banana and Advice from My 80 Year Old Self inspire me and I would give them to my niece who is graduating from high school next month

  12. Florence C

    I would pick Keep Curious and Carry a Banana, I Wish You More and The Big Trip. They are all great titles.

  13. Nicky

    Advice from My 80 Year Old Self, I Wish You More, and Letters to Me, When I Grow Up, all look great to me. I would give the first two to my cousin who is graduating soon, and the third to my child who could use it to keep special memories for the future.

  14. ivy pluchinsky

    Advice from My 80 Year Old Self, I Wish You More and Letters to Me, When I Grow Up! I would give them to my niece

  15. Bailey Dexter

    I really like all of the books, the one that stands out is I Wish You More,. I always pick up books for my grandkids when ever I am out. My grand kids love getting packages of books mailed to them. I know my grandson would love the Letters to Me, When I Grow Up book! My daughter would love to pick up the Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone book while having a laugh or two!

  16. Wanda Tracey

    I love these super cute Raincoast books and would gift the Ì Wish You More
    to my little grandson.He loves books and some one to read to him.

  17. Amber Y

    The three book I like are I Wish You More, The Big Trip and Advice from My 80 Year Old Self. I would gift these books to my sisters.

  18. krystyl olson

    wishyoumore, advice from my 80 year old self, and the curious george ones are my fav. also I love the ‘letters to myself’ I may pick that one up as a fun project for my son 🙂

  19. Cheryl

    My 3 books are ” I Love You Forever”, “The Kissing Hand” and “Little House On The Prairie” and I would give them to our daughters 🙂

  20. Rhonda W G.

    I’d pick} Wish You More, Keep Curious and Carry a Banana and Letters to me When I Grow Up.

  21. Carey Hurst

    Advice from my 80 year old self , The Letters , and the Wish one , they would inspire me and also a good thing for my toddler when he gets bigger