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.

Steampunk queen: An interview with Gail Carriger

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Gail Carriger introduced readers to her alternate Victorian London — chock-full of steampunk technology and supernatural characters — in 2009 with Soulless, the first volume of her five-book adult series The Parasol Protectorate. The Finishing School series, a YA prequel series set in the same world, soon followed, beginning with Curtsies & Conspiracies. Espionage lessons, […]

Week in Review, November 10th-14th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… November’s Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Sharon G. Flake, more wacky middle-grade adventures, pals in new picture books, around-the-world primary and intermediate, YA nonfiction about social justice Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham Fiction: The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illus. […]

Roxie’s Puzzle Adventure app review

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Roxie Munro was a featured artists in KidLit TV’s premiere StoryMakers episode earlier this week — and with good reason. Not only has she written and illustrated more than thirty children’s books (including Hatch!, Busy Builders, and Mazeways), she’s also created a series of “Kids Interactive Walk-in Story Books” with affiliated apps and three stand-alone […]

November Notes is here!

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In November’s Notes from the Horn Book, K. T. Horning chats with Sharon G. Flake about her new middle-grade mystery Unstoppable Octobia May. In this issue, you’ll also find more wacky middle-grade adventures pals in new picture books books around the world for primary and intermediate readers YA nonfiction about social justice Read the issue […]

Social justice

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Civil rights, global warming, and crime and punishment: these complex social issues receive accessible, clear treatment in four new nonfiction books for teens. In Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America, Russell Freedman documents the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march, including the horrific Bloody Sunday confrontation between marchers and Alabama state troopers. […]

Week in Review, November 3rd-7th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Writer’s Page: “Beyond the Magically (Dis)abled” by Cammie McGovern Field Notes: “What Happened to the Frog?” by Jonathan Hunt “Girls in Towers” by Margaret Willey Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee Fiction: Unstoppable Octobia […]

Susan Bonners storytime this Saturday

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Author/illustrator Susan Bonners and friends will read from Ms. Bonners’s books in a special storytime this Saturday, November 8th, from 10 am to noon. As Ms. Bonners is a Roslindale resident, the event will take place in the Community Room of the Roslindale Public Library. Ms. Bonners’s many books include A Penguin Year (1982 National […]

Monstrous Affections panel interview

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When you meet an author you admire and he says, “Hi, I’m Tobin,” it might be best not to say, “I know! …Sorry, that’s probably creepy.” Luckily for me, M. T. Anderson and his Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales colleagues — author/editors Kelly Link and Gavin Grant (who also own the mostly adult […]

Week in Review, October 27th-31st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… What’s in the November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine John Green’s 2014 Sutherland lecture: “Does YA Mean Anything Anymore? Genre in a Digitized World” “Self service“: What self-publishers don’t know about children’s books (Nov./Dec. 2014 editorial) “Board Book Roundup: Fall 2014 Edition” Nonfiction Notes: Unexplained phenomena, memoir, domestic animals, […]

Halloween boooOOOoooks roundup

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Halloween is here — and so are Halloween books! Here are some recent recommended titles for you to share (perhaps through All Hallow’s Read?) with your little goblins. Horn BOO! 2014 Baby Horn BOO! 2014: Halloween-y board books Halloween-themed Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Julie Berry, eerie places, off-the-wall picture books, atmospheric audiobooks, […]