This week’s read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from Glick’s Picks

The Dundalk Eagle - - REC COUNCIL NEWS - By TEAM BCPS


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

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