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Katie Bircher

About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

Week in Review, December 4th – 8th

This week on hbook.com… January/February 2018 Horn Book Magazine preview and starred reviews Horn Book Fanfare 2017: The Horn Book’s list of the best books of the year for children and teens — now with glowing annotations! From the November/December 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray” by Elissa […]

Week in Review, November 27th – December 1st

This week on hbook.com… Horn Book Fanfare 2017: The Horn Book’s list of the best books of the year for children and teens From the November/December 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Holiday High Notes” Field Notes: “Lucha Libros: Bilingual Battle of the Books” by AnnMarie Hurtado From The Guide: “Chapter Book Mirrors” Kate […]

December Boston-area book events

It’s December (what? already?!), which means that our bookish city’s typical flurry of book-related events is accompanied by a plethora of holiday-oriented book-related happenings. (Give books! Buy indie!) Here’s a sampling; check our calendar for details and even more events. Email cbb@hbook.com to submit your event for listing. On Saturday, December 2nd, at 10:00 a.m., […]

Week in Review, November 13th – 17th

This week on hbook.com… Chelsea Sedoti Talks with Roger Foreign Correspondence: “The Little Bookroom” by Margaret Robson Kett Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Fiction: Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley Nonfiction: Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies; illus. by […]

Week in Review, November 6th – 10th

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “The Writer’s Page: Fighting the Lost Cause” by Ann Bausum “Foreign Correspondence: Beyond the ‘Four Fs’: Caribbean Own Voices” by Summer Edward 2-fer Talks with Roger interviews: Kathryn Erskine and Tracey Baptiste November’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for […]

November Notes out now!

In this month’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book, we chat with author Malinda Lo about her chilling new mystery novel A Line in the Dark. You’ll also find more YA psychological thrillers autumnal picture books to celebrate the season picture-book biographies to encourage budding architects and designers graphic novels (and one graphic memoir) […]

With friends like these…

Like Malinda Lo’s A Line in the Dark, each of these YA mysteries masterfully employs structure to keep readers guessing as to characters’ true natures — and on the edges of their seats — until the shocking final reveal. Eighteen-year-old Jule, protagonist of E. Lockhart’s intoxicating psychological thriller Genuine Fraud, is cold, tough, and in […]

Five questions for Malinda Lo

In Malinda Lo’s new YA thriller A Line in the Dark (Dutton, 14 years and up), four teenage girls — narrator Jess, her best friend and longtime secret crush Angie, Angie’s brand-new girlfriend Margot, and Margot’s bestie Ryan — must carefully navigate volatile dynamics of friendship and romance. And that’s before somebody winds up dead. […]

Week in Review, October 30th – November 3rd

This week on hbook.com… November/December 2017 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents Nikki Giovanni and Ashley Bryan Talk with Roger Board Book Roundup: Baby Horn Boo! 2017 Edition Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds; illus. by Peter Brown Fiction: The Wrong Train by Jeremy de Quidt; illus. by Dave […]

Board Book Roundup: Baby Horn Boo! 2017 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, published seasonally. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. “What do birds say on Halloween?” “Trick or TWEET!” Here are some sweet and silly Halloween […]