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, October 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the September/October Horn Book Magazine: “From the Guide: Folklore (and Fakelore)” Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Fiction: Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan Nonfiction: Strike!: The Farm Workers’ 
Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner App: MarcoPolo […]

MarcoPolo Weather app review

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Three little anthropomorphic creatures — bunny Willow, bear Scout, and “hippo” (although he looks more like a goofy monster) Gorbie — teach kids about weather in free-play app MarcoPolo Weather (MarcoPolo, September 2014). Icons at the top of the screen allow you to control weather, temperature, and day/night for the meadow where the critters play. […]

Week in Review, October 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony timeline Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline BGHB/HBAS weekend slideshow Horn BOO! Recommended Halloween boooOOOoooks Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Remy and Lulu by Kevin Hawkes; 
illus. by the author with 
miniatures by Hannah E. Harrison Fiction: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith Nonfiction: Malala, […]

MOMA Art Lab app review

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Yesterday was rainy and gray and a little grumpy around here, but my discovery of the Museum of Modern Art‘s free Art Lab app (2012) — based on their child-friendly interactive exhibits — brightened my afternoon. The first element of the app is a canvas with line, shape, and color toolbars accessible at the bottom […]

Dilemma, dilemma…

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This week has been so busy — and we’ve posted so much great content — that it’s been terribly difficult to decide what to feature just today. See for yourself! 2014 BGHB ceremony timeline 2014 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline Five questions for Cary Elwes Raina Telgemeier: An illustrated life Horn BOO! 2014 Viva […]

We get the best mail.

henkes mail

Look what arrived today from Kevin Henkes!

HBAS is coming.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — we hope to see you tomorrow night at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony (omg, what to wear?!) and on Saturday for the Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers colloquium. Let the swag-bag stuffing begin!

Atmospheric audiobooks

stroud_screaming staircase audiobook

These audiobooks offer intrepid listeners stories of supernatural and psychological suspense, all with vividly evoked settings. In the world of Jonathan Stroud’s The Screaming Staircase (first book in the Lockwood & Co. series), ghost-busting firms employ psychically sensitive children to neutralize supernatural pests infesting London. Lucy Carlyle joins an indie agency — consisting of Lucy, […]

Week in Review, September 29th-October 3rd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Molly Idle Talks with Roger about Flora and the Penguin Preview the November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: When Aunt Mattie 
Got Her Wings by Petra Mathers Fiction: Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix — plus a Q&A for the author here […]

Endless Numbers app review

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Regular readers of this blog will recognize the name Originator — I’m a big fan of the developer’s Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader apps. Endless Numbers (Originator, March 2014) continues this great series of concept-learning apps. The app opens with an image of a Ferris wheel, full of the now-familiar cute monster characters. Each number-labeled […]