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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

One plastic bag: Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of the Gambia – Miranda Paul

Do you ever think about solving problems in your community? This story, set in Gambia, tells about the amazing Isatou Ceesay who did just that! She noticed that the number of plastic bags in her community had many negative consequences and found a powerful way to reuse them. You will be inspired by her story, and it may cause you to consider a problem you can find a solution for in your own neighborhood!


One Plastic Bag

Grades 4 & 5

The Birchbark House – Louise Erdrich

This story follows a year in the life of Omakayas, a seven-year-old girl who lives with her tribe on an island near Lake Superior. The book is divided into four main sections, each relating to a season of the year, on which Native American daily life is based. You will learn how the tribe lived and worked and played. However, this novel is much more than that. There is friendship, family, and challenge that take you on a journey that will touch your heart and make you think!  This book is a timeless and classic story.  Take the journey – you will be glad you did.



The BirchBark House

Grades 6 – 8

Sunny Side Up – Jennifer and Matthew Holm

In the summer of 1976, Sunny is sent to Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather. She imagines all of the fun and trips to Disney World they will have, but when she arrives she learns that none of what she imagined is going to happen. Sunny makes friends with a boy in the neighborhood, and they share comic books, exploring, and adventures. Sunny also has time to make sense of some of the struggles her family has had with her older brother. Sunny will capture your heart as you share her summer in Florida with her.


Sunny Side Up

Grades 9 – 12

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy

Willowdean is a fat girl. She's not apologetic about her size. She knows who she is, and she accepts herself and loves herself. Willowdean has typical teen concerns like boyfriends and peer group issues. When she decides to enter a beauty pageant, her mother is aghast. Willow’s willingness to step into the spotlight inspires other misfits to enter the pageant, too. This story is filled with humor and will make you think. You’ll cheer for Willow, and her powerful voice and confidence are a model for teen and adult readers, too!


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