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.

All ALA, all the time

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The Horn Book Magazine‘s annual special Awards issue (cover by Caldecott winner Dan Santat) is out! Here’s what we’ve posted just this week, with more coming soon: Table of Contents Editorial: “What the Survey Doesn’t Say” Profile of 2015 Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat by editor Connie Hsu Profile of 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander by […]

Week in Review, June 22nd-26th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: “Transformers: But Myth Has No Prototype” by Susan Cooper Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman Fiction: Misty [Stanley & Me] by Christine Dencer; illus. by Jessica Meserve Nonfiction: Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured 
Black and White […]

Love wins!

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We are so thrilled about today’s marriage equality ruling! To celebrate, here’s a round-up of some of our resources on LGBTQ children’s books and book creators. 5Q for Stonewall author Ann Bausum “Transformers: Reimagining the World” by author Malinda Lo “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader “The Difference that […]

While the cat’s away…

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With our “grownup” coworkers variously attending conferences, working from home, or out sick (get better soon, Lolly!), Siân, Shoshana, Katrina, intern Willa, and I are having a Millennials’ Day in the Office. There might be some Taylor Swift happening. A (short-lived) book fort definitely happened: (Shoshana is a good sport.)

Week in Review, June 15th-19th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: “Transformers: The Power of Storytelling” by Jerry Pinkney Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein Fiction: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Nonfiction: The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko; illus. by 
Sean Qualls and […]

Reading for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

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The Islamic month of Ramadan, a solemn holiday of fasting from sunrise to sunset, charity, and additional prayer, begins today. Ramadan ends with the joyous feasting of the Eid al-Fitr celebration. These books for young readers — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide — can be a part of a child’s holiday […]

Week in Review, June 8th-12th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Starred reviews coming up in the July/August Horn Book Magazine June’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Ann Bausum on Stonewall, more YA narrative nonfiction, picture books for Father’s Day, summery primary adventures, wacky intermediate audiobooks From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: From […]

Endless Spanish app review

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The cute monsters from Originator‘s Endless Alphabet, Endless Reader, and Endless Numbers are back…en español! Endless Spanish (May 2015) follows much the same format as Endless Reader to teach basic Spanish vocabulary. There are two modes, “Spanish immersion” or “Spanish with English translation.” Begin at A and work through the alphabet to Z, or start […]

Lives and times

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The settings of these narrative nonfiction titles span decades and geography — from WWII Denmark to contemporary Malawi — but the issues they explore are incredibly timely. When heavy rains, then drought, devastated his country of Malawi and the corrupt government didn’t respond, young William Kamkwamba used his scientific ingenuity to help people in need. […]

Week in Review, June 1st-5th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Preview the July/August 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Awards From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: Book & Me comics by Charise Mericle Harper “Transformers: Reimagining the World” by Malinda Lo Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Float by Daniel Miyares Fiction: X: A Novel by […]