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

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

by Brian Floca

The flight and moon landing of Apollo 11 changed the course of history. The astronauts on that expedition were the first to walk on the moon. This book details the preparations, their challenges, and the exciting moment that the whole country was waiting for. The informative text and powerful images will tell the story of brave pioneers who moved science and our understanding of space forward in one giant step – that first step on the moon’s surface.


Grades 4 & 5

I Love You, Michael Collins

by Lauren Baratz-Logsted It is 1969, and Apollo 11 is getting ready to launch. Students are excited to think about scientists exploring the moon. Mamie's teacher asks her class to write letters to the astronauts. She chooses Michael Collins because everyone else chose Buzz Aldrin and Neal Armstrong. She continues to write to Collins throughout the summer, sharing details of what is going on at home. You’ll learn about Mamie, life in 1969, friendships, loyalty, and the moon in this adorable story.  Mamie’s voice will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

I love You Micahel Collins

Grades 6 – 8

Full Cicada Moon

byMarilyn Hilton

Mimi is in seventh grade in 1969. The world is caught up in the excitement of the mission of Apollo 11 and the thought of men landing on the moon.  Her family has just moved from Berkley, California to Vermont. Her mom is Japanese, and her dad is African-American, and no one in their new Vermont town looks like them. Told in free verse, this beautiful story describes Mimi’s first year, her challenges with her identity, friendships, family, and her passion for science as she imagines the moon mission.  You will cheer for Mimi as she finds her voice and her place! 

Full Cicada Moon

Grades 9 -12

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

by Nathalia Holt In the 1940s and 1950s, NASA’s newly created Jet Propulsion Laboratory recruited an elite group of young women.  Their talents and ability to calculate velocities and plot trajectories and their mathematical prowess transformed rocket design. Using paper and pencil, these incredible women helped bring about the first American satellites and made exploration of the solar system possible. 

Rise of the Rocket Girls profiles these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science.

Rocket Girls

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