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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, October 16th-20th

This week on hbook.com… Francisco X. Stork Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Masterpiece Mix by Roxie Munro Fiction: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Nonfiction: Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became 
the Strongest Man on Earth by Don Tate Read Roger: Letter to the world Heart of the matter […]

HBD, SF!

Happy birthday to Shoshana, assistant editor extraordinaire! Here are some of our favorite sweet, silly, punny, poetic, and sometimes serious Shoshana-authored Horn Book pieces; check out her blog Walk the Ridgepole for more of her writing. (And if you feel inspired on her birthday to follow Shoshana’s generous example, head over to her “Parodies for […]

The Horn Book’s day off

After a whirlwind few weeks during which both publications’ closing dates loomed and we hosted the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony/Horn Book at Simmons colloquium weekend (which was amazing and inspiring and motivating, but not especially relaxing), we needed a break. So on Friday we played hooky and headed to Cape Ann for a day […]

Week in Review, October 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com… BGHB and HBAS celebration coverage: October 6th Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony timeline Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times” timeline 2017 BGHB weekend photo slideshow From the September/October 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Melissa Sweet’s 2017 Zena Sutherland lecture: “To Inform and Delight: The […]

October Notes is here!

In our spooky October issue, we chat with author Deborah Noyes about The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead. You’ll also find these treats: fresh YA takes on paranormal horror tropes more-giggly-than-ghoulish picture books for Halloween middle-grade novels exploring family, grief, and love via supernatural elements […]

Supernaturally good scares

From a collection of ghost stories-within-a-ghost-story to classic tales of the macabre reimagined for a new format, these new books offer a fresh take on the usual suspects of supernatural horror. Graphic novelist Gareth Hinds adapts three of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems (“Annabel Lee,” “The Bells,” and “The Raven”) and four stories (“The Masque of […]

Week in Review, October 2nd-6th

This week on hbook.com November/December 2017 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals by Mo Willems Fiction: Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence; illus. by Elizabet Vuković Nonfiction: Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México by Duncan Tonatiuh Poetry: […]

Week in Review, September 25th – 29th

This week on hbook.com… Gallery of Horn Book Magazine covers by BGHB winners and honorees Ryan T. Higgins Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Home in the Rain by Bob Graham Fiction: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins Nonfiction: Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin; illus. by […]

Week in Review, September 18th – 22nd

This week on hbook.com… From the September/October 2017 Horn Book Magazine: BGHB at 50: “The Adventures of Sparrowboy” by Carole Boston Weatherford “Looking for Queer Girls on the Shelves” by E. M. Kokie Jon J Muth Talks with Roger Fall 2017 Publishers’ Previews: Michelle Cuevas, Patrick Ness, Dan Santat, Shelley Johannes, Sherri Duskey Rinker & […]

Picture books for the first day of fall

Happy first day of fall! Heat up some cider or cocoa, snuggle in, and share these autumnal picture books for a perfect celebration of the season. All of the titles below were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews reprinted from The Horn Book […]