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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, 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 […]

Pili Pop: Español app review

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In Pili Pop Labs‘ immersive language-learning apps, you play a cute alien creature who has just landed on Earth and needs to acquire human language — fast. I gave Pili Pop: Español (2015; iOS and Android) a try to brush up on my (rusty) Spanish. Vocabulary (numbers, clothing, animals, fruits, body parts, etc.) is presented […]

Board Book Roundup: Bedtime Books

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Good Night, My Darling Baby by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; […]

Another look at “A Second Look”


Rereading a favorite book from childhood can be a bittersweet experience. Part of what’s so fulfilling about the practice of rereading is that you’re a different reader each time. Your increased knowledge of the story, literature at large, yourself, and/or the world makes subsequent readings of the same story and the same characters richer. On […]

A Second Look: The Egypt Game


I was in second grade the first time I went to Egypt. Every Friday, I took a bus to another elementary school across town in order to attend a Gifted and Talented Education program. Once a week, I lived a separate school life, at a different campus with a different teacher and different friends. My […]

Week in Review, March 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on… From the March/April 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang” by Roger Sutton “When Google Translate Gives You Arroz con Mango: Erroneous Español and the Need for #ownvoices” by Celia C. Pérez Women’s History Month, Week 2 March’s Notes from the Horn […]

March’s Notes from the Horn Book

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This month’s newsletter features five questions for author Cynthia Levinson, who tells the story of a nine-year-old civil rights demonstrator in her new picture book The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist. More in this issue: • Doing their bit (backwards and in heels): picture books for Women’s […]

There — and back again?

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The protagonists of these adventures undertake perilous journeys (three of them via ship) in search of fantastical destinations or legendary objects — or just somewhere to belong. Kate Milford’s The Left-Handed Fate begins in 1812, with ship-captain’s daughter Lucy Bluecrowne, her nine-year-old half-brother Liao, and teenage scholar Max Ault aboard the Left-Handed Fate. England is […]

Week in Review, February 27th – March 3rd

Week in Review

This week on… March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and Editorial: “Tear Down That Wall” Women’s History Month 2017 Black History Month, Week 5 / Women’s History Month, Week 1 March Boston-area events over at Publisher’s Weekly: a recap of the CBB “Midwinter Night’s Fantasy Panel” (here’s Shoshana’s recap) Reviews of the […]

California dreamin’

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A few unseasonably hot days (but climate change is just a hoax, right?) fooled us into believing warm weather was just around the corner. Now that we’re back to much more reasonable (read: freezing cold) temperatures for Boston in March, this California girl is living vicariously through these summery, oh-so-trendy new YA covers: Don’t you […]