Inspiring Gifts for Graduates

Apr 17, 2024 1:22:00 PM / by Broadleaf Books


As the start of summer nears, so does the start of graduation season. But finding the perfect gift for the graduate in your life can be a daunting task. This year, pick out a gift that offers knowledge, entertainment, and inspiration for years to come. Scroll to shop our top picks of books that are sure to delight, challenge, and inspire. 



The Work Is the Work

Brian C. Johnson

Publication date: May 7, 2024

In a series of tender narrative essays written to his daughter, activist and author Brian C. Johnson shares what he's learned from his struggles, victories, and defeats over twenty-five years of advocacy work. The Work Is the Work is an inspiring collection of field notes that is perfect for new or seasoned activists who want to lead well in the work for transformational change.

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Our Otherness Is Our Strength

Andrea Navedo

Publication date: July 18, 2023

Andrea Navedo didn't get to see many positive portrayals of Latinas in the media growing up. So when she had the chance to play a starring role on Jane the Virgin, she jumped all over the opportunity. In Our Otherness Is Our Strength, she shares bits of her story of growing up in "da South Bronx—boogie down, burning"—to inspire young people who grew up like she did and who, after being counted out, still strive to succeed. She shows how the outer and inner challenges of what popular culture deems the horrors of places like the Bronx can instead be the very factors that bring out our superpowers.

Read an excerpt here.

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I Love My People

Kim Singleton

Publication date: July 11, 2023

I Love My People is a poetic tribute to African American history-makers and culture-shakers, complete with nostalgic photography and vibrant, playful illustration. In the vein of Gill Scott-Heron's poetry of the 1970s, author Kim Singleton invites us into call-and-response and brings a refreshing cadence to the page that captures every decade of Black joy in all its resilient, diverse, and excellent splendor. By the end, you'll be chanting Singleton's anthem, too: "I LOVE MY PEOPLE!"

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The Lightmaker's Manifesto

Karen Walrond

Publication date: November 2, 2021

Many of us want to advocate for causes we care about—but which ones? We want to work for change—but will the emotional toll lead to burnout? In The Lightmaker's Manifesto, activist Karen Walrond shares strategies to help you define the actions that bring you joy, identify the values and causes about which you are passionate, and put them together to create change. 

Read an excerpt here.

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Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

Publication date: June 20, 2023

Social justice work, we often assume, is raised voices and raised fists. But what does social justice work look like for those of us who don't feel comfortable battling in the trenches? Alongside inspiring, real-life examples of highly sensitive world-changers, Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul expands the possibilities of how to have a positive social impact, affirming the particular gifts and talents that sensitive souls offer to a hurting world.

Read an interview here.

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