Glick’s Picks: This week’s read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions

The Dundalk Eagle - - 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! 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.

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