Glick’s Picks for the week of June 30-July 6



“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

This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration Hardcover by Jacqueline WoodsonFamilies are connected to each other in many ways. This charming story tells of a rope that serves as the connection for a family. The common “thread” of rope has been a jump rope – a way to secure luggage and a clothesline. As the rope travels over generations, it reminds us of the things that connect us to our families and ends appropriately with a family reunion.




Intermediate Grades (4-5)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine ApplegateThe main character of this book is Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a circus-themed shopping mall. Ivan narrates this concise but tender story so that there are just enough words to get the point across without “wasting words,” as Ivan says that humans do. As Ivan describes his life in the mall, readers meet the people whom and animals that Ivan meets. The author’s words are drawn from a true life story, and the story is told with elegance and style. A lesson to be learned by all is how we treat our dear friends – our animals – and how they will help us make a better life for ourselves.

Middle School  (6-8)

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin LevineA shy and quiet twelve-year-old, Marlee, finds the courage to speak up about the things that really matter, thanks to the very special friendship she forms with Liz. The two of them proceed to help Little Rock find its own voice in the “lost” year after the Little Rock Nine desegregated the city’s public schools. This coming-of-age story is filled with rich characters with warmth, humor and heart. 


High School

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakLiesel Meminger is living with a foster family in Germany during World War II. Torn from everything she has known, she learns the power of words from her foster father as the two of them share late-night reading sessions of The Grave Digger’s Handbook. Her love of books ties her to others, including the mayor’s wife and Max, the Jew whom the family hides in the basement.This powerful story features great writing, an engaging plot and interesting characters and will capture your heart. The narration is amazing and very original.


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