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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, August 14th – 18th

This week on hbook.com… This week’s featured BGHB reminiscence: “Seeing the Grey: Reading Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher with Children” by Megan Dowd Lambert Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell Fiction: It All Comes Down to […]

Measure Up! app review

Measure Up! by PBS Kids (2016; iOS and Android) introduces concepts of measurement in a series of activities and videos based on its educational television shows. In a frame narrative, programming “hosts” Dot, Del, and Dee explore an island. Each of three locations on the island highlights a specific type of dimension measurement: “Treetop City” […]

Week in Review, August 7th – 11th

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor: “A Quick Way to Die: Humor in Translation” by Julia Marshall August issue of Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for author Mitali Perkins, YA about changing sibling relationships, “WAHOO!”-worthy concept books, dynamic-duo easy readers, and intermediate […]

Mitali Perkins and more in August Notes

Check out the August edition of Notes from the Horn Book newsletter to find 5Q for author Mitali Perkins on her new, generation-spanning YA novel, You Bring the Distant Near. More from this issue: YA novels exploring the joys and challenges of shifting sibling dynamics “WAAHOO”-worthy concept books funny, episodic easy readers featuring dynamic duos […]

STEM apps

These STEM-oriented nonfiction apps can help intermediate students brush up on knowledge for the coming school year — or invite them to explore an engaging new subject. What if we measured our lives in units other than hours, days, months, and years? Would life “feel shorter? Longer? More absurd? More precious?” Input your birthdate into […]

Family ties

Maya Angelou wrote, “Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.” For many teens, adolescence includes contending with changing sibling relationships. Four new novels explore the joys and challenges of these shifting dynamics. Suzette and Lionel, the protagonists of Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion, are close teen step-siblings in a happy, blended, […]

Week in Review, July 31st – August 4th

This week on hbook.com… Preview the September/October 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine September/October starred reviews For our BGHB at 50 celebration: Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric Rohmann Fiction: The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry Nonfiction: […]

Week in Review, July 24th-28th

This week on hbook.com… For our BGHB at 50 celebration: Sherman Alexie’s 2008 BGHB Fiction Award speech for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Now by Antoinette Portis Fiction: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali Nonfiction: Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! by Andrea J. Loney; illus. […]

Tiggly Chef: Addition app review

Tiggly’s educational apps can be played alone or with the corresponding Tiggly-brand silicone counting, letter, or shape toys. The engaging Tiggly Chef: Addition (2014; iOS and Android) makes a natural follow-up to Tiggly Adventure, inviting you to add numbers up to ten in combinations of units. Select the first level from the menu, and an […]

Week in Review, July 17th-21st

This week on hbook.com… 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 […]