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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

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay – Susan Hood

For Ada Ríos’ hometown of Cateura, Paraguay, trash is a way of life. People support themselves picking through the landfill in order to find things to sell. Ada wonders if her future will be the same as the life she has always known. Ada’s life is impacted by the landfill around her but in an incredible way, when Ada’s grandmother signs her up for free music lessons from Favio Chávez. More students are interested than there are instruments available. Señor Chavez decides to make instruments for his students using what was almost overwhelmingly available to him: trash! This true story will fill your heart with messages of music, creativity, and passion for making dreams come true.

Ada's Violin

Grades 4 & 5

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien

This classic story is filled with suspense, intrigue, and wonder. Mrs. Frisby has a problem. Her youngest son Timothy’s life is in jeopardy, and there’s nothing she can do to save him from Farmer Fitzgibbon and his tractor. Then Mrs. Frisby – who’s a mouse – meets the Rats of NIMH. The rats are brave. They’re cunning. And they’re the result of a scientific experiment that has left them with the smarts to outwit humans. You’ll be amazed by the human intelligence of the rats, the clever solutions they create, and the magic of imagining a world where animals behave like people. This story will leave you wanting to know more. (And the good news is there is a sequel!)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Grades 6 – 8

Brave – Svetlana Chmakova

Jensen is an ordinary teenager who is entering middle school. Things are not going well for him.  His grades are in trouble and making friends is a challenge. Jensen meets some new friends Jenny, Akilah, and Felipe, aka the Newspaper Club and the owners of the popular 'Berry Scoop' blog, who show him courage and help him to find his own. There is so much to love about this graphic novel: Jensen’s take on middle school, his humor in all situations, and watching the underdog have his day. You will quickly find yourself on Team Jensen.


Grades 9 – 12

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings – Margarita Engle

This beautiful memoir is written in free verse.  Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her mother’s country of Cuba and her home in Los Angeles.  Her summers in Cuba are like a dream – she’s immersed in her family and culture, and it is drastically different than Los Angeles. When the revolution erupts in Cuba, Margarita is concerned for her family and worries that she’ll never return to the place she loves. This beautiful story will take you on Margarita’s journey as she travels between the countries she loves and in doing so comes to know and understand herself.

Enchanted Air

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