“Glick’s Picks”: Summer Reading Recommendations

“Glick’s Picks”  will run each week this summer with reading recommendations for BCPS students. Fran Glick is the supervisor of library media and instructional technology in the Office of Digital Learning. In the past, she has served as an elementary and high school library media specialist. She loves to share literature with students and, as an adjunct professor at Towson University and the University of Baltimore, she teaches courses in children’s literature. She delights in introducing adults to the power of books written for children.

Picture Book (K-3)

Locomotive by Brian Floca.

Locomotive tells the story of a family’s journey from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869 on the newly completed Transcontinental Railroad. Readers will learn about the early days of train travel in this beautifully-illustrated story. The text and pictures captivate you and encourage you to turn each page for more. You don’t have to be a lover of trains to enjoy this gorgeous book!

Intermediate Grades (4-5)

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by K. G. Campbell

Flora and Ulysses is filled with humor and heart! The book chronicles the story of a lonely and cynical 10-year-old girl named Flora who is obsessed with superhero comics. Early on, Flora rescues a squirrel that, after a near-fatal brush with a vacuum cleaner, develops the ability to fly and type poetry. Flora hides her new friend, Ulysses, from the certain disapproval of her romance-writer mother, but interestingly enough, Ulysses pours out his creations on the woman’s typewriter. Flora and Ulysses explores themes of hope, growing up, parents and friendship with a big dose of fun. This charming story is a must-read!



Middle School  (6-8)

Diary of  a 6th Grade Ninja, by Marcus Emerson

Chase Cooper is a new kid in a new school. The only person whom he knows is his cousin, Zoe, but she might be a little too cool for him.  Soon recruited by a few ninjas, Chase keeps a diary to warn other kids about being a ninja. This book is a thriller that is funny and entertaining, and the best part is that there are more in the series. If you get hooked on the first book, there are many more Chase adventures to follow!


High School (9-12)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Don’t judge a book by its movie!  This summer’s blockbuster movie was in print long before the story made its way to the theaters. The Fault in Our Stars is a story that challenges the reader to think about big subjects – life, death and love – but also includes comedy and emotion. The book follows the story of Hazel, who is a 16-year-old girl with terminal cancer, and Augustus, whom Hazel meets at her kids-with-cancer support group. The two are kindred spirits that share an irreverent sense of humor and lots of charm. Together, they fall in love in spite of their obstacles. Grab a tissue and dive in – you won’t regret it!



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