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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, January 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Big news: 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and Sydney Taylor Book Awards announced Calling Caldecott’s Mock Caldecott voting process began this week! See the results of the initial ballot, and vote now in round 2! January’s Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Andrea Davis Pinkney, snowy-day picture books, […]

Audio bedtime stories…for grownups

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In this week’s Family Reading post “Go to sleep, my little darling,” Kristy Pasquariello discusses how audiobooks help her young children settle down and prepare to sleep. I read her thoughts with interest: in addition to lots of daytime listening, I’ve been using audiobooks at bedtime for years, beginning long after childhood. Just like Kristy and […]

January’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

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A new year means a new newsletter! This time around we chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney about her new Ezra Jack Keats biography, A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day. You’ll also find • more snowy-day picture books • chapter books with determined everygirl heroines […]

They can do it!

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Primary readers will cheer these determined everygirl heroines as they face — and conquer — relatable challenges, from learning a new language to speaking up to clueless parents. Author Jacqueline Kelly first introduced readers to aspiring naturalist/veterinarian Callie in the middle-grade novels The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate. Now […]

Week in Review, January 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and Editorial: “She’s With Us” January 2017: Making a Difference Remembering Judith Ortiz Cofer and Marilyn Sachs Wise words from the 2016 BGHB winners: all winners’ and honorees’ acceptance speeches, plus M. T. Anderson’s HBAS keynote “Outside the Box” Boston-area events for January […]

Little Kitten app review

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I admit, I am a total sucker for all things cat-related. But Fox & Sheep’s new app Little Kitten (Fox & Sheep in partnership with Squeakosaurus, January 2017; iOS only) has a lot going for it besides the cute-kitty factor. A brief (and optional) wordless video introduces our hero, a gray tabby kitten left on […]

Boston-area events for January

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Celebrate a new year of great reads with authors and fellow book-lovers at many events coming up this month! Here’s a small sampling of what January holds; see our event calendar for all details and even more events. The movie adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls opens on Friday, January 6th. YA author and […]

2016 in review

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Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends. Before we ring in 2017, though, let’s take a look back at 2016 — we had a very busy year! BGHB 2016 coverage Fanfare 2016 ALA 2016 coverage Remembering children’s lit Great Ladies Lois Duncan, Anna Dewdney, and Natalie Babbitt; […]

Week in Review, December 12th – 16th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… The annotated Fanfare 2016 list is here! Featuring a grouchy grandma, a civil rights hero, a “braggadocious” showman, patriarchy-smashing heroines, and more! From the November/December 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Saving Sisters” by Jeannine Atkins Lisa Yee Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Branch by Mireille […]

Review of Goldenhand

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Goldenhand [Old Kingdom] by Garth Nix Middle School, High School    Harper/HarperCollins    345 pp. 10/16    978-0-06-156158-0    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-221678-6    $10.99 In this fifth installment in the series, Sabriel, the Abhorsen, is on a much-needed holiday, and it falls to Abhorsen-in-Waiting Lirael to investigate when her friend (and love interest) Nicholas Sayre sends word of an […]