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

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story – Tara Lazar

If you like math and word play, this tale is for you!  Private investigator Al F. Bet describes a recent case where Number 9 has disappeared. You’ll follow the investigation, meet many characters, and laugh out loud at the word play and adventures along the journey. The illustrations and word play will spark lots of laughs, conversations, and challenge your thinking. You don’t even have to like math to have fun with this story!


7 ate 9

Grades 4 & 5

Fish In a Tree – Lynda Mullaly Hunt

You’ll fall in love with the main character in this story. Ally has been able to keep a big secret from everyone but it’s not an easy one to keep.  She’s fooled her teachers and family by hiding the fact that she’s unable to read. She shows her talent in math and art and causes distractions when reading is a focus in order to keep her disability hidden. When she meets Mr. Daniels and he sees how talented she is, he begins to help. Ally learns that labels like ‘dyslexic’ don’t matter, and her confidence grows. Her world opens up, and she learns to be herself in new ways. You’ll cheer for Ally as you watch her world change!



Fish in a tree

Grades 6 – 8

As Brave as You – Jason Reynolds

Sent to live with their grandparents for the summer, brothers Genie and Ernie leave their home in Brooklyn and head to rural Virginia. Life there is very different from the one they know.  There are chores to do, no cell phone reception, and grandparents to get to know in a new way.  This beautiful story is filled with believable characters and explores the issues of family, bravery, change, guilt, and forgiveness. The brothers are very different, but you are guaranteed to find parts of yourself in each of them. This book will touch your heart as you share the summer in the country with Genie and Ernie!


As brave as you

Grades 9 – 12

Girl in the Blue Coat – Monica Hesse

Girl in the Blue Coat is part mystery and part history. It is set in the Netherlands during World War II, and it is about young Hanneke’s experiences in Nazi occupied Amsterdam. The characters and plot will touch your heart.  Hanneke’s experience gives the reader insight into the challenges of this period in history. Hannake’s story explores her joys and fears as she encounters others managing life under Nazi control and their efforts to overcome it.

Girl in the blue coat

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