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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, September 19th-23rd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Monika Schröder Talks with Roger From the September/October 2016 Horn Book Magazine: Fall 2016 Publishers’ Previews featuring Adam Gidwitz, Brian Won, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sharon Creech, Helen & Thomas Docherty, Robin Roe, Brendan Wenzel, Ed Vere, Kevin Sands, Jennifer Mathieu Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike […]

Week in Review, September 12th-16th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… NEW: Introducing our bouncing baby blog, Family Reading! From the September/October 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Marilyn Nelson’s Zena Sutherland Lecture: “How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry” September’s Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Vera Brosgol, picture books behaving badly, chapter books about interspecies friendships, middle-grade graphic novels, […]

Melody Jams app review

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Similar in structure to Toca Boca’s Toca Band (but both a little less substantial and a little less…out there), Melody Jams (Melody Jams Inc., April 2016; iOS only) lets you rock out with your own hand-picked backup band. Fill up to five band spots by selecting from twelve monster musicians on instruments such as guitar, […]

September Notes is on the way!

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September’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter mails today! This issue we talk with Vera Brosgol (known for her YA graphic novel Anya’s Ghost) about her debut picture book Leave Me Alone! This month’s other goodies: • picture books behaving badly • chapter books about animal lovers and interspecies friendships • graphic-novel adventures for intermediate […]

Listening in on the past

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These engaging audio productions of four excellent historical nonfiction titles give teens another entry point into the profound (and profoundly personal) tales of courage and determination they relate. Steve Sheinkin‘s Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War uses Ellsberg as a focal point to tell the story of the Vietnam […]

Week in Review, September 5th-9th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… RIP Anna Dewdney, 1965–2016 Calling Caldecott is back! Which books do you want to see CC cover this year? From the September/October 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “A Second Look: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Kekla Magoon Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Goodbye Summer, 
Hello Autumn by […]

It’s the end of the world as we know it…

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I was just looking something up in the November/December 2015 HB Mag and spotted these two YA novels — with their matchy-matchy titles and covers — on facing pages: Yikes. Think the authors know something we don’t?

Board Book Roundup: Summer 2016 Edition

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Here are board books to enjoy with your toddler […]

Boston-area events in September

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Connect with favorite authors and fellow book-lovers at a slew of events coming up this month. Here’s a small sampling, see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Tonight, Thursday, September 1st, Kidlit Drink Night will be taking a field trip for Josh Funk’s double book launch party. Come to Tavern in […]

The Girl Who Spotted Another Title Trend

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Does your summer read have a cover Girl? I’ve noticed quite a few hit grownup books have female protagonists — and familiar-sounding titles. The Girls Who Started It All: The Girls Who Followed Their Lead:   And let’s not forget this Girl. Many of these Girls star in psychological thrillers — not to mention similar […]