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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

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrations by Theodore Taylor III (illustrations)

Do you love music?  Do you stop and wonder where and how certain kinds of music gained popularity and attention?  This story tells about the birth of hip-hop and rap culture in the early 1970s in the projects of the South Bronx. Clive Campbell created a new sound. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks―the musical interludes between verses―longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ.

Grades 4-5

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Twelve-year old Peter has cared for his pet fox Pax for five years. Pax was orphaned as a kit and is part of the family after years in Peter’s care.

Having enlisted in the army, Peter’s father takes his son to live with his grandfather and demands that Peter release Pax back into the wild. Peter leaves his grandfather’s home to recover his pet. This story affirms many messages and that each person or thing must be true to their own nature.  You will be moved as you meet these two friends and watch their connection unfold. 

 

Grades 6-8

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Aven Green was born without arms. She never lets her “lack of armage,” as she calls it, impact her life or the spirit she brings in the world. When her family decides to leave their home in Kansas for a move to Arizona, she has to leave the security she knows, explain her lack of arms, and make new friends. That new friend is Connor, who also spends lunch in the school library. (Eating lunch with your feet is a bit embarrassing when you're the new kid.) He reacts a little differently. He has been barking at her, but not because he is making fun of her. Connor has Tourette's Syndrome, and has a variety of tics that make him uncomfortable eating in the cafeteria. The two become friends, solve a mystery, and take on the world with humor and delight.  You will love this story and the many messages of acceptance and courage it contains!

 

Grades 9-12

Darius the Great Is Not Okay byAdib Khorram

Darius has an American father and a Persian mother. He loves Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings but not as much as he loves his 8-year-old sister Laleh. At school, he is the weird, chubby loner, who falls victim to his classmates' jokes. And he has to take his medicine every day, or his depression will get out of hand. When life events happen and his family takes a trip to Iran, he meets his grandparents and learns more about life and love.  This story will leave you cheering for Darius and will affirm that friendship and family always make things better.

 

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