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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, September 11th – 15th

This week on hbook.com…   September 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Anne Quirk on The Good Fight, history nonfiction audiobooks, picture books full of back-to-school silliness, new chapter-book friends, YA about school as a source of (or break from) anxiety Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Why Am I Me? by […]

New school year, new Notes

Hit the books with the sorta-kinda-schoolish-themed September edition of our Notes from the Horn Book newsletter. This issue features author (and Horn Book Publisher Emerita!) Anne Quirk’s 5Q interview about The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (And How They Shaped the Nation), as well as: audiobooks highlighting memorable moments and important figures […]

How to deal

For the protagonists of these recent YA novels, school variously serves as a source of anxiety and a means to cope (healthily or otherwise) with turmoil in other parts of their lives. In Posted by John David Anderson, the administration of Branton Middle School bans cell phones, and a new, old-fashioned idea comes along: sticky […]

Week in Review, September 4th – 8th

This week on hbook.com… Alan Gratz Talks with Roger about Refugee July/August 2017 Horn Book Magazine Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors interviews: J.C. Geiger, Nic Stone, Karina Yan Glaser, Nidhi Chanani, Jessica Townsend, and Gillian French. Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Say Zoop! by Hervé Tullet Fiction: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson Nonfiction: How […]

Week in Review, August 28th – September 1st

This week on hbook.com… September/October 2017 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents, Editorial: “The Incomparable Robin Smith,” and Letters to the Editor Back-to-School Week 5Q for Andrew Clements on The Losers Club Recommended Reading Class Notes Extracurricular Activities Lolly’s Classroom Back in Session 2016–2017 Yearbook Superlatives Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Another Way to Climb […]

Week in Review, August 21st – 25th

This week on hbook.com… Simon Pulse/Aladdin Books Publisher Mara Anastas Talks with Roger August 2017 Back-to-School Edition of The Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Andrew Clements on The Losers Club, Recommended Reading, Class Notes, and Extracurricular Activities Summer 2017 Board Book Roundup: new board books tackling concepts big and small Reviews of the Week: Picture […]

Jump Numbers app review

In Artgig’s Jump Numbers (2016; iOS only), you play a badger-like creature tasked with getting “Snortles” to safety after the destruction of their home. The eight levels in each of six different regions (Summer Sea, Fungal Gulf, Arctic Expanse, Boulder Bay, Darkshade, Lava Lake) are set up with basically the same format: you, the badger, […]

Week in Review, August 14th – 18th

This week on hbook.com… This week’s featured BGHB reminiscence: “Seeing the Grey: Reading Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher with Children” by Megan Dowd Lambert Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell Fiction: It All Comes Down to […]

Measure Up! app review

Measure Up! by PBS Kids (2016; iOS and Android) introduces concepts of measurement in a series of activities and videos based on its educational television shows. In a frame narrative, programming “hosts” Dot, Del, and Dee explore an island. Each of three locations on the island highlights a specific type of dimension measurement: “Treetop City” […]

Week in Review, August 7th – 11th

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor: “A Quick Way to Die: Humor in Translation” by Julia Marshall August issue of Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for author Mitali Perkins, YA about changing sibling relationships, “WAHOO!”-worthy concept books, dynamic-duo easy readers, and intermediate […]