Glick’s Picks: July 14-20


“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)

The Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt (Author) and Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)

The crayons have had enough and decide that they will go on strike!  Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!  Readers will love the voice of the crayons and their reasons for the strike. The letters from the crayons will make you laugh out loud.    The story, illustrations and humor make this book one that you will want to read again and again.

Intermediate Grades (4-5)

RulesCynthia Lord (Author)

Rules is a touching story about families, friendship and fitting in. Catherine is twelve years old and her brother, David has autism. Catherine teaches David rules like, “no toys in the fish tank” that help him to get along in the world. Catherine meets Jason at David’s occupational therapy session and forms a friendship with him. You will come to love the characters in this heartwarming story. They are real and relevant and help us all to think about what it means to fit in.

Middle School  (6-8)

When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead (Author)

Sixth graders Miranda and Sal live in New York City. They know where to go   By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go and what to avoid. One day Miranda a mysterious note that changes everything. The notes continue and the mystery unfolds. This award winning novel combines science fiction and mystery and you won’t want to put it down!


High School (9-12)

Make LemonadeVirginia Euwer Wolff (Author)

This novel written in free verse tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn.  She’s determined to go to college and earn the money it will take to make that happen. When she answers an ad  for a babysitting job she meets Jolly, seventeen year old single mother. Despite the fact that their lives are very different a bond develops between these two young women and LaVaughn helps Jolly  make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her and LaVaughn learns some life lessons from Jolly.  This book is part of an amazing trilogy so the story is to be continued…




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