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Glick's Picks for Summer Reading

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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 the BCPS coordinator of library media programs and digital resources, and under her leadership, BCPS was named National School Library Program of the Year 2017 by the American Association of School Librarians. Glick 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!

Grades K-3

The  Water Princess by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Have you ever considered what life would be like without easy access to clean drinking water? Princess Gie lives in an African village where water is scarce.  Every day she puts her “crown” on her head; it’s a heavy pot she uses as she travels each day to the well to obtain water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. And try as she might, Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. She dreams of the day when her village will have clear and clean water of its very own. 

Grades 4-5

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Cam's down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday, and he knows it's the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man – and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!  This graphic novel will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Grades 6-8

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Arthur has just lost his father, and in a moment of anger and sadness makes a decision that earns him hours of community service as he is assigned to help the neighborhood junk man. As Arthur and Mr. Hampton get to know each other, they are brought closer by similarities in their life experiences and feelings. You’ll be moved by this story and the real life elements that contributed to it.

Grades 9-12

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

“Sometimes I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them...That everyone's life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary…” This novel explores a young boy’s life that has been completely turned upside down. Ezra is a teenager who has everything going for him: he is the star tennis player, a jock, and dating the most popular girl. His world is suddenly changed when he faces a tragedy that affects him physically and mentally. Ezra’s traumatic event will never bring him back to the boy he once was, but you will love watching him turn into the person he becomes.

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