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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.

Week in Review, June 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Christopher Myers’s powerful essay “Orlando”: “We walk in, by ones or twos, flash IDs, and smiles. If you are lucky the dance floor is already crowded and you can simply slip between the sounds, into the movement…” From the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Roger Sutton’s editorial “Last Stop, […]

While the cat’s away, take 2

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It’s that time of year again: all our “grown-up” colleagues are away, variously attending ALA, working from home, or on vacation (eat some beignets for us, Kitty!). Even our fellow millennials are off gallivanting in exciting places. Shoshana, intern Courtney, and I are holding down the (book) fort with the second annual — but equally […]

Toca Dance app review

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So, you think you can dance? Bust a move with Toca Dance (March 2016). Much like Siân’s fave Toca Band, this latest Toca Boca app is weird and wonderful, with an emphasis on creative, exploratory play. (I also love the quieter Toca Nature.) First choose your performers, then outfit them with costumes and accessories. Then […]

Week in Review, June 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… We were saddened to learn of author Lois Duncan’s death this week. Roger remembers her For LGBT Pride Month, we’re highlighting articles about LGBTQIA+ characters and children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout June. This week’s picks: “Transformers: Reimagining the World” by Malinda Lo (May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Special […]

Ain’t no party like a Sendak party…

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…’cause a Sendak party’s full of Wild Things.* Last weekend Roger attended a celebration of the life of Maurice Sendak, on the occasion of what would have been the incomparable author/illustrator’s 88th birthday. He brought back a few Sendak-themed party favors to share with the office: If you, too, miss the “King of All the […]

LumiKids Beach app review

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Wanna go to the beach? Great — grab your iPad! Using the same approachable format as LumiKids Backyard and LumiKids Snow, LumiKids Beach (Lumos Labs, June 2015) provides a side-scrolling scene of a beach with six activity “stations.” These include three instant-gratification, tap-to-play activities (matching a child or a friendly monster-child to a coordinating toy/accessory, […]

Week in Review, June 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… For LGBT Pride Month, we’re highlighting articles about LGBTQIA+ characters and children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout June. This week’s picks: “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader (March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine) Editorial: “The Difference That Made Them” by Roger Sutton (March/April 2015 […]

Doctor Who Comic Maker app review

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As a fan of both Doctor Who and comics, how could I resist the siren song of that familiar theremin theme emanating from BBC’s official Doctor Who Comic Maker app (March 2016)? Similar to HarperCollins/Night & Day Studio’s Big Nate: Comix by U!, this app lets you write your own adventures for the Doctor and […]

♫Notes is bustin’ out all over!♫

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It’s the second Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means: June’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter — the 100th issue, in fact! — is headed your way. This issue has 5Q for author/Broadway veteran Tim Federle about his novel The Great American Whatever, other queer-centric books for young readers, and (of […]

June Boston-area events

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We had a great time at the second annual Hubbub Festival this past weekend — did you? If you missed out, don’t worry! There are lots of great events coming up this month. Here’s a small sampling, see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Illustrator E. B. Lewis will visit multiple […]