Katie Bircher

About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, assistant editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College.

Week in Review, July 27th-31st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… A week of Brooklyn books and book creators: The People in My Neighborhood: One Author/Illustrator’s Rambles Around Brooklyn by Stephen Savage You had us at artisanal pickles. We got your Brooklyn booklist right here. Brooklynite cover gallery Caldecott by the numbers: Brooklyn edition (math is fun!) Step right up and win […]

Motion Math: Cupcake! app review

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I am not a math person. But I am a cupcake person, so math about making and selling cupcakes is far more appealing. Motion Math: Cupcake! (Motion Math, April 2015) allowed me to enact my cupcake-bakery (cupcakery?) daydreams. As the app opens, you set up shop with a one-oven bakery facility, a cute sea-green Vespa […]

Brooklynite cover gallery

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In 2010, the Brooklyn Public Library hosted “Drawn in Brooklyn,” an exhibit of art by Brooklyn-based children’s book illustrators. We have a gallery of our own: the Horn Book Magazine covers below were all created by Brooklynites. How do you like them apples? Click on the Brooklyn tag for more from The Horn Book.

Week in Review, July 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… We’ll be tweeting from the 2015 Simmons Children’s Literature Institute: Homecoming this weekend! From the July/August 2015 special awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: K.T. Horning takes A Second Look at 1964 Newbery winner It’s Like This, Cat Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Skunk by Mac Barnett; illus. by […]

To Alice on her 150th birthday

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Frequent HB contributor and Alice super-fan Monica Edinger was kind enough to report back from the Morgan Library’s Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland exhibit so that we non-New Yorkers can experience it vicariously. The exhibit is part of a worldwide celebration of the 150th publication anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A little more Alice love […]

Luna, Julia, and readers

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We recently received Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (Holt/Ottaviano, May 2015). It’s sort of dual picture-book biography, telling the stories of a thousand-year-old redwood tree called Luna, which was slated to be logged; and of young activist Julia […]

Week in Review, July 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2015 Special Awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From the Guide: YA Memoirs” Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld Talk with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Wait by Antoinette Portis (plus her recent 5Q) Fiction: The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly Nonfiction: Salsa: Un […]

Week in Review, July 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2015 Special Awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Caldecott and Newbery 2015” by Thom Barthelmess “Coretta Scott King Awards 2015” by Deborah Taylor “#WeGotDiverseAwardBooks: Reflections on Awards and Allies” by Megan Dowd Lambert July 2015 Notes from the Horn Book issue: 5Q for Antoinette Portis, summery picture […]

More ALA 2015 ♥

July/August 2015 Horn Book Magazine

In addition to all of last week’s glorious ALA goodies, we’ve got a few more to round up, all posted this week from the July/August 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Awards: “Caldecott and Newbery 2015” by Thom Barthelmess “Coretta Scott King Awards 2015” by Deborah Taylor “#WeGotDiverseAwardBooks: Reflections on Awards and Allies” by Megan […]

Shark Week reading

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This week marks the 28th annual Shark Week on the Discovery Channel (“the most wonderful week of the year!”). Here’s an updated selection of shark-themed books — ranging from novels to legends to nonfiction and from silly to informative to poignant — recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide. Any favorites we missed? Picture […]