Glick’s Picks: July 28-August 3

This week’s list is devoted to “classics” in children’s and young adult literature. A book that is a “classic” is one that has stood the test of time and has become popular with multiple generations of readers. As you check out these books, talk to the adults around you – I’ll bet that they’ve read some of them, too!



Picture Book (K-3)

Caps for Sale by Esphyr SlobodkinaThis adorable story is the tale of a peddler who travels around town to sell his caps. All of his caps are on his head. One day, he takes a nap under a tree and wakes to find that there is some monkey business going on in his town. While he was sleeping, some monkeys came and stole his caps. Unexpectedly, the peddler discovers a way to get the caps back. This story will be one that you will want to read again and again – the naughty monkeys and the cap seller make for quite the story!

Intermediate Grades (4-5)

Holes by Louis SacharStanley Yelnats is forced to go to Camp Green Lake for a crime that he did not commit. Each day, the boys at the camp are forced to dig a hole in the hot sun because the camp counselors believe that, if you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, he will turn into a good boy. Ironically, at Camp Green Lake, there is no lake, nor are there happy campers. The Yelnats family’s struggles and history of bad luck stemming from its “no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather” and his time at camp will touch your heart. Themes of friendship, loyalty, character and adventure told with a lot of humor are explored in this classic novel. You’ll remember Stanley after you’ve finished the book!

Middle School (6-8)

The Giver by Lois LowryAre you planning to see this movie when it opens in a few weeks? You might want to read the book first so that you can compare the two. The main character of this story is Jonas. He lives in a “perfect” world, where war, disease and suffering have been eradicated. Everything is in order; everything is under control. Jonas’ community strives for “sameness,” in which everyone and everything are the same and equal. To help the community function as a unit, each person is given a position in society on his or her 12th birthday. When Jonas turns 12, the community selects him to be the new “Receiver of Memories.” Only the “Giver” knows the truth and memories of the past and, now, he must pass these memories on to Jonas. This book will draw you in as you imagine Jonas’ world in a place where there are a lot of rules and order but little freedom or individuality.




High School (9-12)

The Outsiders by S.E. HintonPonyboy is a kid from the wrong the wrong side of the tracks. In his town, there are two kinds of kids – “socs” and “greasers.” The socs have money and attitudes and are able to do anything that they want. The greasers have to work for what they have. Set in a small town, this story tells the tale of conflict between these groups. This classic young adult novel is a rich story filled with memorable characters that you will remember long after you read the last page. The story will make you laugh, think and, perhaps, cry as you come to know Ponyboy, his gang and the challenges that they face.



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