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.

Update: Francisco and Robert Jiménez School

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Back in February I interviewed my mom Gretchen, who’s an instructional aide in Southern California’s Santa Maria–Bonita School District, about her campaign to name the district’s newest elementary school in honor of Dr. Francisco Jiménez. Dr. Jiménez is an author, recipient of a 1998 BGHB Award, and an alum of the area’s schools. And, as […]

Money, money, money, money

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The up side of Tax Day? It’s a good opportunity to talk to kids about developing smart money sense. (Check out this successful young entrepreneur!) These engaging nonfiction books on the history of money and money management, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, should help. Picture Books Why does everybody […]

Take me out to the ballgame

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Play ball! Baseball season has officially opened (go Red Sox!). Here are some of our favorite baseball-themed books from recent years, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide.   Picture Books Straight man Abbott is a tall brown bear and befuddled Costello is a short white bunny in Who’s on First?, a picture-book […]

Week in Review, April 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Starred reviews coming up in the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine April’s Notes newsletter: 5Q for Nikki Grimes, primary poetry, bird picture books, grrl-power intermediate fiction, and gritty YA starring teen boys Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Dinosaur vs. Mommy by Bob Shea Fiction: The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall […]

Hat Monkey app review

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Let me say straight out that I don’t like monkeys. But I set my personal primate feelings aside to look at app Hat Monkey (2014), trusting in both creator Chris Haughton and developer Fox & Sheep — whose Nighty Night I liked a lot — to provide an enjoyable experience. Happily, the breakdancing, “meep-meep!”-ing Monkey soon […]

Boston-area kidlit events for April: seeing stars

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There are a ton of star-studded children’s lit events coming up later this month in the Boston area. Here are some highlights: Mother-and-daughter team Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple will read and sign their new picture book You Nest Here with Me at The Blue Bunny in Dedham on Saturday, April 11th, at […]

April’s Notes issue

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In our April edition of Notes from the Horn Book, we’re celebrating National Poetry Month by chatting with poet Nikki Grimes about her new picture book, Poems in the Attic. Other goodies in this issue: more poetry books for primary and intermediate readers spring-y picture books about birds grrl-power intermediate and middle-school fiction YA about […]

Everywhere dragons

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…at least, everywhere in the March/April Magazine! These four new dragon-themed books are all reviewed in that issue, offering something for dragon fans of several different age groups. Consider them additions to our dragon-centric fantasy booklist. For preschool- and primary-aged kids, there’s author/illustrator Douglas Florian’s How to Draw a Dragon (Simon/Beach Lane, April 2015). Less […]

Fearless females

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From an aspiring journalist to an up-and-coming roller derby grrl, the determined and curious female protagonists of these intermediate and middle-school books are ready to take on the world. In Tricia Springstubb’s Moonpenny Island, the titular tiny Ohio vacation spot is lousy with fossils — specifically, of trilobites from the Cambrian period. Sixth-grade townie Flor […]

Signs of springtime: bunnies

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Like bikes, bunnies have returned to the Simmons campus! (And not just chocolate ones left over from Easter baskets.) Third-grade teacher Stacy shares her thoughts on using rabbit-themed reading with her students over at Lolly’s Classroom.