Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss is My Favorite End of Year Tradition – Here’s Why…

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If you have school-aged children, check out this fun end-of-the-school-year tradition with the book Oh the Places You’ll Go!

woman holding two copies of oh the places you'll go

Attention Dr. Seuss fans! You’re gonna love this hardcover book keepsake idea.

At the end of each school year, ask your child’s teacher to write a short note or sentiment about your child inside the cover of the popular children’s book Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. This will begin to look much like a yearbook over the years, except will it be all from teachers, coaches, educators, or any school staff that had a positive impact.

teachers notes oh the places you will go

Our filled-out books are now such a special memory keepsake of childhood!

I initiated this idea for my Dr. Seuss loving kids in Kindergarten and it’s cute to see how excited the kids have been to read what their teachers write each year. We have moved around a bit and it’s fun to see the teachers from various schools included so we never forget them. This book is honestly such a special memory piece now.

Even during Covid, I taped in some emails from teachers when they weren’t able to sign at the end of the year. ❤️

It’s hard to believe my daughter is finishing up 8th grade and this is the last year we plan to include this as a tradition, although you can consider continuing. I started my job here at Hip2Save when she was in Kindergarten and now 8 years later here we are!! That’s so hard to believe, as time flies by!!

oh the places you will go book open

Oh the Places You’ll Go makes for a great graduation gift for all ages too!

Do you have a graduate in your life this year from preschool to high school, or even college? Including a copy of Oh the Places You’ll Go book with an encouraging message is a thoughtful gift idea.

The Dr. Seuss story itself is an inspiring message that encourages self-confidence, expecting adversity in life, and ultimately you will overcome and move mountains! I highly recommend it if it’s not a part of your library already.

woman holding 2 copies of oh the places you will go book

Consider grabbing a copy or two of Oh the Places You’ll Go hardcover books for your family!

Here are some retailers to check out where the book is just $8.98: 

holding oh the places you'll go

Here’s what this special Dr. Seuss book means to our own team members: 

“I’m now 33 years old and have all of my teachers from 1st grade – 12th who have signed and written notes to me in that book. It’s so precious to me! I didn’t have it as a grad gift, I had them sign it every year for me instead of my yearbook. It’s beautiful to look back at those who helped guide and mold me into the human I am today with such love and optimism. They believed in me before I even did! So special!”Hip2Save team member, Soleil 


“I received one from my uncle when I graduated high school. He wrote me a lovely letter with puns only he and I understood. It’s also the last book my grandmother read to me at the hospital before she passed. She barely spoke or read English but somehow she managed to read it perfectly. I’m considering framing mine.”  Hip2Save team member, Krystal 


“I received a copy for my high school graduation from a family member, and it was such a thoughtful gift. I was getting ready to leave for college over 1,500 miles away, alone, and I looked back through the book and re-read her note quite a few times the first few weeks I was gone. It just felt like support from home. I’ve since given it as a gift a few times, myself. Our college kiddos are still kids, and I think sharing that encouragement with them in a “children’s book” format helps bridge that gap from kid to adult in a fun way.” Hip2Save team member, Liza 


“I gave one to my son when he graduated and I have one for my daughter, Morgan, when she graduates next month. I wrote a letter on the inside cover of the book for him and will do the same for her when I remember where I put the book! LOL!” Hip2Save team member, Angela 

reading the dr suess book all the places you will go


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Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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  1. CJ

    Congrats to Lily!!! Two high schoolers next year, Lina…time does fly! So glad you’ve been with “us” for so long! ❤️. Great tradition, wish I had thought of it when my kids were little 😉.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ahhhh thanks CJ!! So sweet. Yep, these kids get older too fast 😭

  2. Sou

    Totally doing this! My daughter is in pre K

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay I am soooo glad! 💕

  3. Materof6

    What a wonderful idea! My daughter is finishing 8th grade too this year, and I’ve had fun through the years reading your posts and seeing the pics, knowing our daughters are the same age! I want to start this year with my preschooler this great idea. Too bad I couldn’t with the older kids, but this will be a fun, new tradition to start with the “lower 3!” Ha! Thanks again! Your creativity rocks, Lina!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ohhhh thanks so much for hanging with me and HIP over the years! 💕🙌 I love that you are starting this! So fun!!

  4. Jackie

    I been doing this for 13 years…this will be my last year for my high school senior! Started this when he was in kindergarten and have been doing it every year. With 3 kiddos, have to admit, I’m glad I have one down and three to go. It does take a lot of effort from the parents to do it faithfully every year but these are priceless memories that the teacher have written down year after year. My kids know we have these books but I haven’t allowed them to read the notes. That’s something that we are going to leave as an amazing rewards til graduation day.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      WOW so impressed!!! That will be amazing Jackie! Thank you for sharing 💕

    • Katie

      Oh wow they haven’t read them?!! I think I will do this but let my kid read the comments (not to ding your idea I’m so impressed at the will power). I still remember a specific note my 6th grade teacher wrote in my yearbook that helped my self confidence through school struggles that came later in high school!

  5. peachcraze

    I do this with my three girls. My oldest is finishing 5th grade and they love to look back and read what the previous teachers have said. I’m not certain I’ll try and keep it up when they get into middle school though.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Nice! Ya it’s whatever works with your kids. 🙂

    • blessedmommyx4

      Once my kids hit middle school I just give the book to the teachers they liked the most (rather than every teacher they had at any point during the year lol). I think that’s worked well. 🙂

  6. Kat

    I started in K for my oldest son and stopped in 8th. I plan to use it as his guest book for his graduation from high school party next year.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ohh my I love that idea for HS grad!! Thanks for sharing Kat!!!

  7. Colleen Brodbeck

    This can be very hard past elementary. At the middle and HS we see many kids. I see 110. A foreign language teacher in our district can see several hundred. The one year we had a dozen to fill out. Please keep this in mind.

    • Jackie

      I been doing this for 13 years and every time I asked a teacher during elementary they were so happy to do it. One year I left it with her home room teacher and told her to sign it and write a little note. When I went to pick it up I had all the other teachers notes also because when they saw the book they all wanted to be a part of it. For middle school and high school I always ask them to pick their favorite teacher. In those two schools they don’t see this often and several times I had to explain to them what the book was all about. They were so happy to do it that they said they will also start this tradition with their own kids.

    • Taci

      I agree! This is so much work when everyone wants their book signed!

    • peachcraze

      I try and give mine to the teachers about a month before school is finished. I figure this makes it a little easier if they are spread out a little.

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Yes, same – great tip!

  8. Sad teacher

    As a teacher I have to say this is becoming a big burden and I am spending hours of my time at the end of the school year doing these books. It’s becoming very overwhelming because I don’t want to say no, but it is burning me out.

    • Hannah

      I’m so sorry to hear that! I always email the teacher before sending the book (about a month before the end of school) and ask if they could sign it soon, or if they might like me to send it at the beginning of next school year. I’ve had a couple teachers takes advantage of the alternative timeline, so I hope it’s not a burden.

  9. Hannah

    We do this with I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, because it’s a beautiful book with lots of space for signatures, and I figured no one else is likely to buy a copy for my kids! My son is 10 now, and I’m so excited for him to read them after his high school graduation!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice- will have to check that one out!

  10. Cristin

    I am an Elementary Secretary and I can tell you in the last 5 years this has in fact gotten out of control. No longer is it 1 or 2 books to write in. Can you imagine getting 30 books to write in? 20? 10? Can you imagine the impact on a school office with 25 teachers receiving 15 to 20 books per teacher each year? Teachers are already overworked beyond belief and I cringe every time these Dr. Seuss books start coming into the office each spring. More and more each year. Emailing ahead is not really a help, it’s just one more email to read and respond to, and no one is going to tell a parent no. Ya’ll are getting insider information into how this adds “just one more thing” to what your teachers already have to do. And when they do it…they put time, thought, and much love into it. Time, thought, and love at the expense of something else, likely a personal expense. This Teacher Appreciation Week, I ask you to consider if this gift,that will probably get looked at once, is worth the added stress for our already stretched to the max educators so that you and all the other mommas can give their graduates a, possibly more sentimental to the giver, gift?

    • DD

      I agree Cristin. No one looks at at the big picture. Teacher are over extended already. This just becomes one more task to complete in an already over scheduled day.

    • tacibella

      Thank you for saying this! It is starting to get overwhelming. I brought this up today in the teachers lounge during lunch and everyone agreed that this is becoming a big burden.

  11. Juli Whitehead

    I teach school and I no longer use anything Dr. Seuss related because many people have found his background to be racist. I want all of my students to feel valued and loved. Even though his stories have creative illustrations and text, it might be time to leave Dr. Seuss in the past.

    • Amy

      OR, you could use your position as an educator to educate students on why it’s not. It’s shameful to cancel the greatest children’s author of all time over false accusations.

      • Jackie

        I agree with Amy!

  12. Juli

    Hi Amy, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I respectfully disagree with you. The accusations are not false, google it and you will see the obvious concerns. Additionally, first graders would not benefit from a lesson about racist depictions from Dr. Seuss.

  13. shandabell

    I absolutely LOVE this book! I’ve given it several times as a graduation gift! ❤️

  14. shandabell

    People LOVE to complain! Geez! Get over yourself.

    • Jackie

      👍I agree! Maybe it’s because I was born in the 80s and I am from the generation that basically had to take care of themselves and be strong and independent but I feel like people are way over sensitive and over analyze things…IMO. Hopefully I am showing my kids that with a normal balance things make more sense.

      • shandabell

        I agree! We are all busy but people can choose to cut back and enjoy the little things in life! It’s all about balance. 😊

  15. Janelle

    I am a teacher as well and I don’t feel like this is a burden. Writing a simple sentence about your student in a book that they may cherish for a lifetime is worth it to me. No different than writing thank you cards to each individual student during holidays, teacher appreciation week, etc. I agree teachers have a very crazy agenda and are overworked and underpaid, but that is not the students fault.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Janelle for sharing your thoughts!

    • shandabell

      Thank you!

    • Jackie

      We NEED more teachers like you ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  16. Pam

    I decide to order one for my son who is a year away from graduation in high school and it will be perfect for his new teachers to sign it one month before his graduation! Also I am checking out more graduation gift ideas and print out several to make ahead of time or order early! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s so nice! Thanks for coming back to let us know <3

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