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, 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 […]

The Carrot Patch comes to us

box of carrots

Today’s mail brought a box of (foam) carrots*, buttons, stickers, bookmarks, and a very nice note from Wolfie the Bunny author Ame Dyckman. Thanks, Ame! In our March/April Magazine, Wolfie receives a starred review and Ame tells us a bit about Wolfie’s eating habits; look for the issue in your mailbox very soon.   *I […]

Review of BirdCatDog

BirdCatDog

BirdCatDog [Three-Story Books] by Lee Nordling; illus. by Meritxell Bosch Primary    Graphic Universe/Lerner    32 pp. 11/14    Library ed.  978-1-4677-4522-2    $25.26 Paper ed.  978-1-4677-4523-9    $6.95 e-book ed.  978-1-4677-4524-6    $25.32 In this innovative wordless picture book told entirely through cartoon panels, three pets escape the ennui of domestication for brief, interconnected adventures in the wild. An introduction […]

Week in Review, February 23rd-27th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine preview March/April 2015 editorial: “The Difference That Made Them” From the March/April issue: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s HBAS 2014 keynote speech “Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers” Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Smick! by Doreen Cronin; illus. by Juana Medina Fiction: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by […]

Metamorphabet app review

metamorphabet daydream

In Metamorphabet (Vectorpark, 2015), each (uppercase) letter of the alphabet appears on a brightly colored background. Tap the featured letter to initiate its animated transformation into a short series of visual representations of words beginning with that letter: J to jiggle to juggle to jelly fish. A somewhat monotone female narrator speaks the letter’s name, […]

Week in Review, February 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… “Five Questions for Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander” “In Defense of Gentle Men“: Megan Dowd Lambert on Frazee’s farmer, the Steads’ Amos, and more gentle men in children’s books Patrick Jennings Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Finding Spring by Carin Berger Fiction: Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson Nonfiction: Tomboy: […]

Happy Year of the Sheep!

yim_goldy luck and the three pandas2

The celebration of Lunar New Year begins today! Eat some dumplings and share a book from this updated list of titles featuring the holiday, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. Picture books Set in long-ago China, Ying Chang Compestine’s The Runaway Wok tells of Ming Zhang and his poor […]

Recommended reading on “the circuit”

adler_picture book of cesar chavez

In his 1998 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award acceptance speech for The Circuit, Dr. Francisco Jiménez said, “The blowing of the horn for The Circuit will draw attention to and compassion for the thousands of migrant families and their children of yesterday and today. This sound is truly music to my ears.” These books, all recommended […]

“These children need a champion”: an interview with Gretchen Bircher

jimenez_the circuit

Gretchen Bircher is an instructional aide at Adam Elementary School in Santa Maria, California. (She’s also my amazing mom!) Today she is submitting a proposal to the Santa Maria–Bonita School District, advocating that a new elementary school be named in honor of Dr. Francisco Jiménez — author, recipient of a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and […]

Reading rainbow? Not quite

purple books

Yo, Marsala, I’m happy for you, I’ma let you finish — but Eggplant is the real Color of the Year. At least according to this entire shelf of purple-jacketed books.