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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, April 17th-21st

Week in Review

This week on… Check our our beautiful new Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards microsite! And if you’re at TxLA this weekend, run, don’t walk, to booth #2909 for a chance to win a trip to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards/Horn Book at Simmons weekend! From the May/June 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special […]

Week in Review, April 10th-14th

Week in Review

This week on… Remembering Patricia C. McKissack April’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for David Elliott on Bull, more YA retellings, picture books about small acts of kindness, eco-conscious primary books, and middle-grade novels about friendships between kids and animals Peter H. Reynolds video Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: […]

Calling all Easter bunnies!


Easter is this Sunday! If you’re running a little late for this important date, don’t worry — here’s a new crop of board books perfect for tucking into Easter baskets. Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl; illus. by Joyce Wan (Farrar, January 2017) Seeking a Bunny by Angela DiTerlizzi; illus. by Allie […]

Fiete Hide and Seek app review

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Friendly sailor Fiete invites you to play a favorite childhood game in Fiete Hide and Seek (Ahoiii, April 2017; iOS only). Tap on rocks and plants in a range of landscapes to look for Fiete behind them. If you’re stumped, tap the dog icon at bottom right to whistle for a pup who will help […]

April’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter


No bull: in this month’s newsletter Elissa Gershowitz has five questions for author David Elliott about his job as a cucumber washer, Poseidon’s potty mouth, and whether we’ll get to see Bull: The Musical. In this issue you’ll also find: • more YA retellings of old tales • picture books about small acts of kindness […]

With a little help from their friends


We could all use a reminder that there is kindness in the world — as well as a reminder to extend kindness to others. These new picture books for young children show how small gestures of generosity can make a big difference. A woman bakes a special batch of red heart-shaped cookies and sends them […]

Week in Review, April 3rd-7th

Week in Review

This week on… Preview the May/June 2017 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor May/June 2017 starred reviews Spring 2017 Horn Book Guide cover revealed Peter H. Reynolds Talks with Roger via video Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz; illus. by Sydney Smith — plus a Q&A for […]

Shake the Tree app review

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Minibombo/Fox & Sheep’s new app Shake the Tree (March 2017; iOS only) offers preschoolers a slight but very funny interactive wordless story. Swipe rapidly back and forth to shake a very springy tree trunk at the screen’s center. With enough shaking, an animal or grouping of animals will fall out of the foliage. These creatures […]

Week in Review, March 27th-31st

Week in Review

This week on… “The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning” by Martha V. Parravano Peter H. Reynolds VIDEO Talks with Roger Amy Sarig King Talks with Roger Editor Sarah Pieters Talks with Roger Women’s History Month, Week 5 World Autism Awareness Week and Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month Reviews of the Week: Picture […]

Week in Review, March 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on… Board Book Roundup: Going-to-bed books March’s Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: Women in STEAM, spring into poetry, environmental activism, kids and computing, collective biographies Women’s History Month, Week 4 Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Short Stories for Little Monsters by Marie-Louise Gay Fiction: Bull by David Elliott  Nonfiction: Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and […]