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.

National Puppy Day reading

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Yesterday was National Puppy Day! To celebrate, here are some of our favorite dog books from recent years (don’t worry; I’m pretty sure the dog doesn’t die in any of them!), all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Now, who wants to lend me a puppy to snuggle while I read? Picture books A boy […]

Sara Pennypacker on Completely Clementine

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In the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Claire Gross talked to author Sara Pennypacker about the end of her long-running Clementine series. Read the full review of Completely Clementine here. Claire E. Gross: What was the hardest part about saying goodbye to Clementine? Sara Pennypacker: Clementine was a mix of my […]

Week in Review, March 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: The Writer’s Page: “Ex Libris” by Meg Wolizter Poet JonArno Lawson Talks with Roger about Sidewalk Flowers Winter 2015 Board Book Roundup Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Bird & Diz by Gary Golio; illus. by Ed Young Fiction: Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà […]

Snow White app review

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The latest in Nosy Crow’s series of fairy-tale adaptation apps (which includes The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk) is Snow White, released last week. Snow White employs the same winning formula of the other series entries: cheerful illustrations and animation; witty humor; well-integrated interactivity; straightforward navigation; charming […]

Song of the Sea movie review

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I’m a sucker for fairy-tale and folklore retellings, and a major sucker for selkie lore…so I had very high hopes for animated film Song of the Sea (Cartoon Saloon, December 2014), directed by Tomm Moore (whose The Secret of Kells was a 2009 Best Animated Feature Academy Award nominee) and cowritten by Moore and William […]

Board Book Roundup: Winter 2015 Edition

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. 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. Train! by Judi Abbot Tiger Tales     24 pp. 3/15     […]

Week in Review, March 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… We were saddened to hear of the deaths of authors Mal Peet and Sir Terry Pratchett. Tim Wynne-Jones remembers his friend Mal, a “Whimsical Alchemist.” Horn Booker Siân writes about Sir Terry’s ability to find “beauty in the absurd.”  Read Sir Terry’s 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award acceptance speech (for […]

About time

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Concepts of time and time zones can be difficult to explain even without lost-hour fuzziness! Happily, the picture books and easy readers below (all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide) painlessly introduce these ideas to children in engaging ways. Preschool Durga Bernhard’s While You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of […]

Week in Review, March 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader Floyd Cooper Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: BirdCatDog by Lee Nordling; illus. by Meritxell Bosch Fiction: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma Nonfiction: Won […]

Truth, lies, and secrets

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Adolescence is a time of self-discovery — and of deciding how much of that self to reveal to others. These new YA books explore themes of honesty and dishonesty, secret selves and public personas. When compiling the book Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, editor Ann Angel asked contributors to write “about […]