Anita Silvey was invited to the Library of Congress to discuss her book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life. Be prepared to be touched as notable people share the influence that one children's book gave them. The entire presentation may be viewed here, but I did skip over eleven minutes of preparatory introductions.
Please enjoy this wonderful presentation. Bill Prante
PS: If you wish a shorter lecture from Anita Silvey, try this video from the 2010 Book Festival in Washington DC.
Agreed, Oh the Places You'll Go is a motivational book especially for high school graduates. I used to read it to my high school seniors prior to their graduation rehearsals.
Personally, I think that all of Peter Reynold's books are motivational. His famous book The Dot would be good for all of us to remember and not just children. His ISH is a book written for children, but has adult implications. Kind of like Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain intended for this book to be read at different stages of life. It is interpreted differently when read in junior high school, college and then again as an adult. Peter's books are very much like that with extended meaning. If you have not read any of his books, you will want to, I'm sure.
Seems to be a consenus on "Oh, the Places You'll Go!." I'll add my vote. The Ugly Duckling is also one of my favorites. It's great when kids realize that they are Swans, not ducks. Although there is nothing wrong with ducks, sometime students find themselve feeling a bit out of step when they are forced to learn as the flock rather than being noticed for their unique capabilities.
Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch, this book touches my heart every time I read it. It is definately a must read. The dialog is a heart warming story of an infant boy who is rocked to bed every night by his mother who sings him a song as he sleeps in her arms. As he grows older, when the boy is sleeping the mother still sings him the same song as she rocks him.The story ends with the mother trying to sing the song to her adult son and is too sick to finish. It is a tear jerker, so be prepared to cry. I love this book and read it to my daughters. If you haven't read it I trully recommend it.
I hate to repeat what everyone else has already said, but the second I read the question in the post's title, I immediately thought, "Ooooooh! I'm going to respond with Oh, the Places You'll Go!" I had a teacher read this to my class in Senior year of high school. Though I'd read it long ago as a child, hearing it read to me all those years later had a profound effect on me, as I still remember it to this day.