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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

A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui

This story features a shared experience between father and son while they fish. As they share time before the father’s work day begins, the quiet of the morning allows the father to share the story of his experiences in his village in Vietnam. As the son listens to his father, he learns about the challenges his father has overcome and his efforts to support his family. The beautiful illustrations are presented in graphic novel style and add to the beauty of the story.

Grades 4-5

A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

When 10-year-old Bilal moves from Pakistan to Virginia, it's not just his favorite sport – cricket – that he misses but also his beloved father, who had to temporarily stay behind. His older cousin suggests that Bilal join the baseball team in order to make new friends and learn English, but baseball isn't anything like cricket! You will love sharing Bilal’s journey as he adjusts to life in a new country, makes sense of a new culture, learns a new sport and a new language, and waits each day to be reunited with his father. This story is a homerun!

Grades 6-8

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Crow is a 12-year-old girl who, as an infant, washed ashore in an old boat on one of the Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts. She is now 12 and being raised by a reclusive fisherman and painter whom she calls Osh. No one else on the island will interact with her because they are certain she came from Penikese Island – the nearby leper colony. Crow decides it’s time to learn about her past and, with the help of a kind islander, she sets off to do so. You’ll love Crow and sharing her journey of discovery.

Grades 9-12

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Libby and Jack are thrown together as they both face consequences of their school behaviors. The elements that drove both of them to get in trouble and their personal struggles contribute to the beauty of this story and will touch your heart.  There are lessons to learn in this beautifully written novel about love, acceptance, and determination. Dive in and enjoy this story.

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