This week’s reading recommendations from Glick’s Picks
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO TODAY? CURL UP WITH A BOOK!
Each week this summer, “Glick’s Picks” recommends books for Baltimore County Public Schools students and families. While things are different this summer in many ways, all BCPS students have Baltimore County Public Library accounts that enable them to access eBooks and to reserve up to five items to pick up at their local library branches.
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! KINDERGARTEN — GRADE 3 “My Papi Has a Motorcycle,” by Isabel Quintero. Illustrated by Zeke Pena
Every night when Daisy’s papi gets home from work, he takes her for a ride around their neighborhood. As they notice and talk about the things they see and the places that make up their home, they consider their community. “Home is a feeling you take with you.”
This beautifully illustrated story is a testament to the love of family and the many ways our sense of place connects us. You will be moved to consider your sense of home and community as you travel with Daisy and her dad.
GRADES 4 & 5
“It Rained Warm Bread: Moishe Moskowitz’s Story of Hope,” by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Hope Anita Smith. Illustrated by Lea Lyon
Told in verse, this novel is based on the experiences of Moishe Moskowitz during the occupation of Poland and his experiences in concentration camps.
One night Moishe is being transported on a train, women see the plight of those on the train and run to get bread that they throw to them. That one act of kindness, a moment of humanity in the middle of so much inhumanity, gives Moishe hope to go on. “I saw love.
Not because we were their sons or husbands or fathers but just because we were. We mattered.” Based on the true story of the author’s father, this story of challenge and adversity affirms the role of humanity to our fellows. GRADES 6 — 8
“Lalani of the Distant Sea,” by Erin Entrada Kelly
Inspired by Filipino folklore, “Lalani of the Distant Sea” introduces readers to a landscape of magical creatures and a story of adventure and daring.
When her mother falls critically ill and her island is devastated by unstoppable rain after extended drought, Lalani travels to the fabled island of Isa to find help. Dozens of men have sailed toward it, but none return.
Lalani’s story is woven with that of other islanders’ as they rise together and prove that success isn’t rooted in the ways we usually think of. You’ll share the journey and be transported by the power of faith and love.
GRADES 9 — 12
“They Called Us Enemy,” by George Takei
In 1942, a presidential order by Franklin D. Roosevelt, required that every person of Japanese descent on the west coast of the United States was shipped to one of 10 “relocation centers.” This meant that Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they were held for years under armed guard.
“They Called Us Enemy” is a graphic memoir and is based on George Takei’s experiences as an American citizen held under this order. You will be moved by his experiences, his mother’s hard choices, and his father’s faith in democracy, despite the treatment they and countless others received.
Takei’s future success as an actor was shaped by this life-altering period, and you will see how it has transformed his life and work.
“They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei is this week’s Grade 9 through 12 pick