Glick’s Picks: This week’s reading recommendations
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! KINDERGAR TEN — GRADE 3
“The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read,” by Rita Lorraine Hubbard. Illustrated by Oge Mora
Do you remember learning to read? Maybe you are learning now. This incredible story is true and is based on the life of Mary Walker, a woman who was born into slavery. Mary worked very hard in her life and never had the time or opportunity to learn how to read.
Finally, when she was 116 years old, Mary had some free time and was ready to learn to read and so she did! This fascinating, true story portrays a positive message that one can accomplish anything at any age. What are you ready to learn?
GRADES 4 & 5
“The List of Things That Will Not Change,” by Rebecca Stead
Bea’s parents are divorced, but when they first shared the news, they gave
Bea a green notebook and a green pen (her favorite color) containing a list of the things that would not change.
These things would never change, even though her mom and dad wouldn’t be living together anymore and she would spend half her time with her mom and half with her dad. The notebook has helped Bea to navigate the changes in her life and as new changes emerge Bea finds new ways to hold onto the things that will remain the same.
GRADES 6 — 8
“Efrén Divided,” by Ernesto Cisneros
Seventh-grader Efrén Nava has his hands full when his mother is suddenly deported. She always made sure everyone looked their best (always bathed, having perfectly pressed clothing, etc.).
So the entire family is suddenly in limbo and struggling to survive while figuring out how to be reunited. You’ll be moved beyond words as you journey with Efrén and his family as they work to return to the life they shared. Prepare to think about this story for a long time!
GRADES 9 — 12
“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins
This latest installment in the “Hunger Games” series, this story profiles President Snow long before he was president. Coriolanus Snow, future president of Panem, is just 18-yearsold in this prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy.
He is one of the Snows – a once mighty house in the Capitol but a house now on the edge of desolation. Coriolanus is desperate to preserve the image of his family and find a way to claw his way back to the top.
Then, the unthinkable happens. Coriolanus’s graduation is now tied to the Hunger Games.