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

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions – Chris Barton Lonnie Johnson was a "tinkerer." He collected scraps of things and parts of others and thought about ways to make new things from the parts. His inventions were rockets and robots and sound systems. As an engineer, he became an employee at NASA and worked on the Galileo orbiter and probe. His early love of tinkering and making never stopped, and, one day while working on a project, he discovered his best invention of all – The Super Soaker water toy.  You’ll be amazed by Lonnie’s story and will never look at this familiar summer toy in the same way again. This book may inspire you to consider your own invention as you read Lonnie’s story.



Grades 4 & 5

Save Me a Seat – Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it difficult to adjust to his new home and to figure out where he fits. Joe has lived in the same town all his life, but his best friend just moved away and he’s suddenly alone. Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common, but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week. You’ll love this story of friendship as the two new friends find they have more in common than they ever imagined.



Save Me A Seat

Grades 6 – 8

Ghost – Jason Reynolds Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw uses his nickname “Ghost” in order to move through the world under the radar. His life has been filled with challenges, and he has plenty of feelings that come with his story. He runs to manage a lot of those feelings, and one day discovers that he can outrun a member of a local track team. Ghost ends up on the team, and it opens new doors as he brings some of his old troubles to this new experience. This story is filled with realistic characters that will stay with you long after you’ve turned that last page



Grades 9 – 12

Tell Me Three Things – Julie Buxbaum Jessie’s life has been turned upside down. She’s lost her mother, her dad eloped on a business trip, and they just moved across the country.  Jessie finds herself in a new school with kids who drive expensive cars, wear designer clothes, and vacation all over the world. Her new life is nothing like the one she left behind. One day   she gets an anonymous email from Somebody/Nobody offering to teach her to navigate this new school's territory, she registers how strange the situation may be, but replies anyway. You’ll journey with Jessie as she adjusts to a new school, uncovers the mystery of S/N, and learns about herself in the process. 

Tell Me Three Things

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