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

The Araboolies of Liberty Street – Sam Swope

Life on Liberty Street is orderly and the same. That’s just how General Pinch and his wife like it. One day a new family moves to Liberty Street. The Araboolies are loud, colorful, and lively. Their presence on Liberty Street upsets the General and changes life in the neighborhood. General Pinch does not like these changes and has no problem sharing his unhappiness.  His actions prompt the neighborhood kids to take action. This story will make you fall in love with the Araboolies and cheer as the neighborhood kids support them.

Ada's Violin

Grades 4 & 5

Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, not Buddy is an incredible story and follows a 10-year-old boy during the Great Depression in his journey to find a father he's never met. With a suitcase full of his most prized possessions and his quick wit, Bud travels through Michigan. His survival skills that he outlines for the reader in his “Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things to Have a Funner Life and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself” will keep you smiling as you share Bud’s journey of self-discovery. You’ll learn about life during the Great Depression, and Bud is guaranteed to touch your heart!

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Grades 6 – 8

Greetings from Nowhere – Barbara O’Connor

Ever since her husband died, Aggie Duncan has had trouble keeping up the hotel she owns in the Great Smoky Mountains called the Sleepy Time Motel. Reluctantly, she decides that it may be time to sell. The book follows four main characters, Aggie, Willow, Loretta, and Kirby, as they find themselves meeting at this motel in North Carolina. This story will touch you with its portrayal of friendships, triumph, and joy. These strangers come together in unexpected ways and take you on a journey you will long remember.


Grades 9 – 12

Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference – Warren St. John

This true story profiles life in Clarkston, Georgia in the late 1990’s. Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian responsible for serving the refugee community of Clarkston, Georgia, was surprised to see countless immigrant youth playing pickup games of soccer in empty lots in Clarkston. She organized a group into a team called The Fugees, The author shows us, through first-person interviews with Mufleh, the players, and their families, the tenacity and spirit of those who seek refuge from war-torn countries. Coach Luma and her team will stay with you long after you turn the last page of this incredible (and true) story!

Enchanted Air

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