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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, July 17th-21st

This week on… From the July/August 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: BGHB at 50: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Hamilton?: M. C. Higgins, the Great“ by Kathleen T. Horning Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman; illus. by Komako Sakai Fiction: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder; illus. by Emily […]

Week in Review, July 10th-14th

This week on… July/August 2017 Letters to the Editor and Response by Roger Sutton 2fer From The Guide: “Darkly Funny YA” (May/June 2017) and “#goodtrouble” (July/August 2017) July’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise, summery picture books, intermediate stories about kids creating family for themselves, middle-school […]

Rain, rain, go away

Tut-tut, it looks like rain! It’s a grey, wet week in Boston. The rain does make a nice break from the heat — but it can also result in stir-crazy kids. These books for preschool and primary children will help brighten up a rainy day. The following books were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine […]

July’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

July’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter has 5Q for author Kate Klise and illustrator M. Sarah Klise on their latest picture book collaboration, Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List. More goodness in this issue: new picture books that capture the mood of summertime fun intermediate novels in which child characters define their […]

On our own

Children make their own homes and families in these middle-grade novels. The stories range in tone from zany to poignant and highlight important elements of any family dynamic: love, loyalty, understanding, and, once in a while, cookies for dinner. For more on how child characters define their own versions of “home” in fiction, look for […]

Week in Review, July 3rd-7th

This week on… Given the holiday, it’s been a bit of a quiet week at the office, but here’s what we’ve been up to (besides eating ice cream)! From the July/August 2017: Special Issue: ALA Awards of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: “Aiming High” Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Stay: A Girl, a […]

Lots of ALA 2017 love

All week we’ve been celebrating the 2017 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here’s a cheat sheet to the winners’ acceptance speeches, profiles of them by their loved ones, and more. Caldecott Medal Caldecott Medal Acceptance for Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe Profile of Javaka Steptoe by Azure Thompson Silver medals by Martha Parravano […]

Week in Review, June 26th-30th

This week on… So much 2017 ALA Awards coverage this week! Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Javaka Steptoe CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Javaka Steptoe Profile of Javaka Steptoe by Azure Thompson Newbery Medal Acceptance by Kelly Barnhill Profile of Kelly Barnhill by Karlyn Coleman “A Lifeline Called Hope”: Wilder Medal Acceptance by Nikki Grimes […]

Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids app review

Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids (May 2017; iOS and Android), by the creators of the similarly titled adult meditation app, is intended for children ages five to ten. (An orientation video for adults demonstrates how to use the app with children and offers some tips for extending the activities.) Tap “Find a Mission” to find […]

Week in Review, June 19th-23rd

This week on… Julie Danielson’s tribute to the incomparable Robin Smith. Rest in peace and love, Robin. We are at ALA this weekend — visit booth #2626! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming; illus. by Lori Nichols Fiction: Binny Bewitched by Hilary McKay; illus. by Tony Ross Nonfiction: […]