You've seen them, right? Lots of people choose the classic, Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss.
You send the book to your child's teacher each year and they write a short message. You then present the book to your child at the end of 5th grade, 8th grade, high school-depending on how organized you are! :)
When T and I discussed this concept and we read Oh, The Places You'll Go, he said, "what other choices do I have?" He wasn't connected with this classic just yet and I respect that. I showed him a few choices.....
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (swoon) and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. This book is, and I'm not exaggerating, a treasure. I cried as I read this simple text thinking about my little T and my first graders. I can't wait to read it them on the last day of school. T liked it and even gave me a hug when I finished reading it, but it wasn't the one either.
Then there was When I Grow Up by none other than Weird Al Yankovic. T loves this book because of the silly jobs described and the fun rhymes. Mommy loves it because there is a little teacher lovin' inside! This was our top contender for at least a week.
While on a trip to Barnes & Noble one weekend, we stumbled upon this book, What a Wonderful World. As soon as I finished reading it, T declared that this would be his "school book." He connected with it immediately and fell in love with the art. We listen to this song and sometimes I sing it at bedtime. Of course, now that I've read the book, I realize I've been singing it wrong, but, ya know, whatever. :)
So there you have it, our keepsake book chosen by my soon to first grader (my soul just crushed a little typing that) will be What a Wonderful World which is absolutely perfect because my world is wonderful because of him.
Happy reading friends!