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.

Jeremy Fisher, rock star

jeremy fisher rocks out

We recently received Peter Rabbit: Jeremy Fisher Rocks Out (Penguin/Warne, May 2015), part of a series of paperback picture books adapted from the Peter Rabbit TV show. Jeremy might be rockin’ out, but I’d bet Beatrix is rolling over. (Not that she’s likely ever stopped rolling over.) For more on Beatrix Potter, including her ties […]

Week in Review, August 16th-21st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the September/October 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Kwame Alexander’s excellent — and timely — CSK Author Honor Award acceptance speech, “A Thousand Winters” 2014-2015 Yearbook Superlatives: Cutest Couple, Class Clown…Biggest Potty Mouth?…and more accolades for some of our favorite characters Ashley Bryan Talks with Roger Reviews of the […]

Week in Review, August 10th-14th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… August’s Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Sonia Manzano on Becoming Maria, more middle-school memoirs, poetry, easy readers and early chapter books, graphic novel fantasy Summer 2015 Board Book Roundup Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora Fiction: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead — plus […]

The muppet under the stairs

manzano_becoming maria

I love Randy Ribay’s interview with Sonia Manzano (best known as Sesame Street’s Maria) on her new memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, but something about the cover was nagging at me. Then I realized it reminded me of the cover art for Jason Vanhee’s creepy-cool Engines of the Broken World, […]

Picturing fantasy


Funny, action-packed, thought-provoking (and sometimes all of the above), these three graphic novels and one…well, what do you call Brian Selznick’s books? take readers on fantastic adventures. Brian Selznick defined his own format with The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. He pushes the envelope even further in The Marvels. Black-and-white drawings (over four hundred […]

Tuck, then, now, and always

tuck everlasting editions

Well, it’s just past the first week of August, but it’s always a good time to visit with old (in this case, very, very old) friends. This year marks the 40th publication anniversary of Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting. FSG/Square Fish put out a lovely new hardcover edition — with a foreword by Gregory Maguire — […]

Week in Review, August 1st-7th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Preview the September/October 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Starred reviews coming in the September/October 2015 Horn Book Louis Sachar Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins; illus. by Hyewon Yum Fiction: Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee; illus. by Christopher […]

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

cupcake title

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


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.