Glick's Picks for Summer Reading

Book Recommendations - Glick’s Picks

"Glick's Picks" will run each week this summer with reading recommendations for Baltimore County Public Schools students and families. Fran Glick is currently the coordinator of library media for BCPS. In the past, she has served as an elementary and high school library media specialist. She loves to share literature with students, and, as an adjunct professor at Towson University, she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. She delights in suggesting books for students and introducing adults to the power of books written for children and teens. 

Happy reading!

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Kindergarten – Grade 3

Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride – Pam Munoz Ryan

One night in Washington, D.C, there was a dinner party hosted by the Roosevelts. One of the guests was the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart. As a friend of Mrs. Roosevelt’s and a lover of adventure and flight, Amelia plans an adventure for the two of them. This little known event really happened. Your heart will soar as you learn about these two incredible women and their time in the sky in April of 1933. The beautiful illustrations will take your breath away as much as the thought of two famous and powerful women in the sky over our nation’s capital. 

Amelia dn Eleanor

Grades 4 & 5

Raymie Nightingale – Kate DiCamillo

Raymie Clarke sets out to win the title of Little Miss Central Florida because she’s sure her picture will end up in the paper, and it will motivate her father (who just ran away with a dental hygienist) to come back home. In order to win, Rayme has to do good deeds and learn to twirl a baton. It’s in her baton class that she meets Louisiana and Beverly. An unlikely friendship and a host of adventures ensue for this unlikely trio. Their shared struggles, search for love and friendship, and self-discovery will grab your heart. 


Grades 6-8

Ungifted – Gordan Korman

Donovan Curtis seems to find his way to regular trouble at school. He creates chaos around him and has to live with the consequences. Through a mistake, Donovan is sent to an academy for gifted kids, and, it is there, at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, that his true gift emerges. It is not his talent at math and science like the kids at ASD, it is Donovan’s talent with people that makes him a star at school. You will laugh along with Donovan’s mishaps, but will also be touched as you see that gifted does not simply apply to academic subjects.

Gordon Korman

Grades 9 – 12

Solo – Kwame Alexander

Blade has grown up around music. He’s the child of a famous rock and roll celebrity and has lived in luxury as a result. Despite the luxury and the lifestyle, Blade has always felt that something was missing. As he travels from Los Angeles to Ghana, he seeks the life he was meant to live. This beautiful novel is written in free verse and will touch you as you navigate the path to self-acceptance and self-knowledge with Blade.


solo - Kwame Alexander

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