Glick’s Picks: July 21-27

“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.


This week’s picks feature nonfiction titles. Reading books about people, places, events and things can be as exciting as reading a story that is drawn from an author’s imagination. Facts are fun!


Picture Book (K-3) A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet


Horace Pippin’s story is inspiring. After being injured in World War II, Pippin comes home and is determined to be a painter. This beautiful book tells the story of a man who, despite life circumstances, was able to overcome difficulties and use his will to unleash his talent. Pippin never went to art school and was a self-taught artist. Today, he is known as one of the “American Masters” for his soulful paintings.

Intermediate Grades (4-5) Basher Science: Extreme Physics by Simon Basher


Do you think physics is only for high school kids? You won’t after you read this book! The illustrations, fun stories and explanations will challenge your brain and make you smile. The best part is that, if you love this one, there are more Basher books on other science topics!



Middle School (6-8) Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone


Did you know that there was a time when only men could be astronauts? No one – even the president of the United States – thought women could do it. Nearly 20 years before the United States officially admitted women into the astronaut program, 13 women, known as the Mercury 13, fought for the right to soar into space. This dramatic, large-size photo-essay covers their stories and will inspire you with its portrayals of the women’s determination and passion for science and discovery.



High School (9-12) Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone


This book tells the story of a little-known, all-black parachute battalion that was formed during World War II. Even as they served with dignity, these men faced prejudices both inside and outside the military. They were well-trained and worked hard but were denied the right to fight for their country.

These brave soldiers pushed through military barriers to become the first black paratroopers. The text is littered with interviews, letters and photographs. You will be inspired by the paratroopers’ loyalty to their country, even when their country was not always fair to them.



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