Glick’s Picks July 7-13

“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.

In honor of our country’s birthday, this week’s selections celebrate the beauty of the history and diversity of the United States.  Happy Birthday, USA!



Picture Book (K-3)

America the Beautiful: Together We Standby Katharine Lee Bates (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator)


This patriotic picture book combines the lyrics to the famous song “America the Beautiful” with famous quotes from various presidents. The illustrations are bold, colorful and inspiring. The combination of quotes and illustration and the themes of helping others and being our best selves, individually and as a country make this a delight to read and explore.

Intermediate Grades (4-5)

Those Rebels, John and Tomby Barbara Kerley (Author)by Edwin Fotheringhamn (Illustrator)John and Tom are very different and those differences create a strong bond between them.  What they share is a love of the United States and their dislike of King George back in England. This story of two founding fathers teaches the reader about how despite our differences we can cooperate and compromise. John and Tom come together to create the Declaration of Independence. The illustrations help to tell the story of these opposites who worked together and shaped history.

Middle School  (6-8)

Chains by Laurie Halse AndersonIsabel, the heroine of this story, is a thirteen year old slave. Instead of receiving the freedom she was promised upon the death of her mistress, Isabel is instead sold to a family in New York City. Isabel’s adventures begin as she tries to protect her sister, gain her freedom, and even spy for the Patriot army. Isabel is intuitive and strong. Her challenges serve to make her stronger.  Set in the time of the American Revolution this story examines the price of freedom both for a nation and for individuals.



High School (9-12)

Nothing But the Truth by Avi 

Written in the form of journals, letters, memos, and dialogue, this novel tells a compelling story. Grade 9 student Philip Malloy is unable to participate on the track team because of his failing grade in English. He’s sure his teacher dislikes him and creates a plan to get removed from her class.  Rather than stand during the national anthem in silent respect, Philip hums. What ensues is a conflict between his parents (who take his side) and his school. Eventually local community leaders and national news media become involved. The pacing, story, and style make this a page turner!



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