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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, August 15th-18th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Roger’s Paper Doll Bow Ties: For Roger’s twentieth anniversary as The Horn Book’s editor in chief, we asked some of his favorite illustrators to decorate his favorite fashion item. Now you can, too! Kelly Barnhill Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah OHora […]

LumiKids Park app review

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LumiKids Park (2015) is part of Lumos Labs’ series of “digital playspace[s] for kids to explore concepts through intuitive and adaptive activities.” Each of the four apps (so far; see our reviews of Snow, Backyard, and Beach) present different concepts to develop different cognitive skills. Park focuses specifically on visual-motor coordination, sorting, and attention. As […]

Week in Review, August 8th-12th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… August 2016 Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: five questions for Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Lewis on March, more YA nonfiction about historical crossroads, picture books about good dogs with bad habits, welcoming new easy readers and chapter books, and intermediate books starring plucky protagonists From the July/August […]

Happy World Elephant Day!

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It’s the fifth annual World Elephant Day, a celebration begun “to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.” Visit the website to learn […]

Coming soon: August Notes!

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August’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter is arriving in inboxes this afternoon. This month, we’re honored to speak with Rep. John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell about the conclusion to their searing graphic novel memoir trilogy March. In this issue you’ll also find: • more YA nonfiction about historical crossroads • […]

In the doghouse

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Barking. Digging. Breaking things. True, the pooch protagonists of these recent picture books may have some bad habits. But as it turns out, even not-so-great qualities can have upsides, and the pups are excellent at what really matters: being a kid’s best friend. (And cleaning the floor, of course.) In Excellent Ed, each of the […]

Week in Review, August 1st-5th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… It’s Fan Week at The Horn Book! We’ve been celebrating our favorite authors and fandoms, fan culture and creations, and author/fan engagement all week. Click here to see lots (and we mean LOTS) of love for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Neil Gaiman, Susan Cooper, Rainbow Rowell, Philip Pullman, The Baby-Sitters […]

Fan Week 2016 wrap-up superpost

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All week long we’ve been celebrating fandom — our fandoms, fan-created works, and author engagement with fans. Here’s a cheat sheet to all of our Fan Week content. We’ve highlighted a few must-reads for each category; click on the author/fandom name for more. Introduction Let your fan flag fly! On fan culture and fan-created works […]

British (and Aussie and Kiwi!) invasion

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Our fandom knows no borders! Some of our best-loved fantasy authors come to us from across the pond (or, in Garth Nix’s and Margaret Mahy’s cases, across the equator). We’ve highlighted a few essential articles by/about each author, as well some adoring blog posts; click on an author’s name to see all Horn Book content […]

Fiete Sports app review

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With the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics beginning tomorrow, what better time to play the Fiete Sports app (Ahoiii, July 2016)? Similar in structure to Ahoiii’s Fiete: A Day on the Farm app, Fiete Sports allows the affable sailor — with your help — to compete against his friends Hein and Hinnerk in Summer Olympics–style sporting events. […]