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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: October 17th – 21st

Week in Review

This week on… We had a blast at Boston Book Festival — and we’ve got the pics to prove it! See any familiar faces? Over on Twitter, author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld has some advice for the presidential candidates… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Return by Aaron Becker — plus a Q&A for the author/illustrator Fiction: […]

Week in Review, October 10th-14th

Week in Review

This week on… We’ll be at Boston Book Festival tomorrow! Stop by booth #61 and say hi — and pick up Horn Book swag! Mag editor Elissa Gershowitz will also be hosting Jon Klassen’s children’s lit keynote at 10:30 am. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the opening of Bertha Mahony Miller’s Bookshop […]

Sago Mini Babies Dress Up


Sago Mini Babies Dress Up (Sago Sago, August 2016; iOS only) invites preschoolers to play dress-up with four cute — and familiar to Sago Sago fans — animal characters. The app opens with bird Robin, bunny Jack, cat Jinja, and dog Harvey sitting on porch steps. Given that it’s close to Halloween, it’s just slightly […]

October’s Notes from the Horn BooOOooK


October’s Halloweenish Notes from the Horn Book is bat-winging its way to inboxes right now! We start things off on a serious note with 5Q for Skila Brown on her starred verse novel To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party, plus a selection of historical horror stories for […]

Ghosts and witches and wizards, oh my!


What better time of year to curl up with a creepy book and a cup of cocoa to ward off the supernatural shivers? These middle-school novels provide just the right balance of adventure and eeriness — along with a few magical villains (or are they?) — for deliciously spooky fall reads. Set in late-nineteenth-century imperial […]

Monster mash


What goes bump in the night? Maybe it’s a monster, but maybe it’s a new friend — or maybe it’s both! These monstrously silly picture books are perfect treats for a Halloween story time. In Monica Brown’s Marisol McDonald and the Monster / Marisol McDonald y el monstruo, the little-girl protagonist explores words beginning with […]

Week in Review, October 3rd-7th

Week in Review

This week on… Last Friday we celebrated the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony, followed by the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium on Saturday. We had a fantastic time! Thanks to all who attended; mark your calendars for October 6th and 7th for next year’s events. Highlights from the 2016 BGHB/HBAS celebration: BGHB and HBAS […]

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science 
from Sherlock Holmes to DNA


Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science 
from Sherlock Holmes to DNA by Bridget Heos Middle School, High School    
Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    259 pp. 10/16    978-0-06-238762-2    $18.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-238764-6    $9.99 Each of eleven chapters chronologically traces the development of one branch of forensic science and the experts who practice it. Methods […]

Week in Review, September 26th-30th

Week in Review

This week on… Tonight is the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony (it’s like our Oscars and National Book Awards rolled into one), followed by tomorrow’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. If you can’t make it to Boston, follow @HornBook and look for the hashtags #BGHB16 #HBAS16 all weekend. Can you tell we’re excited? Get […]

The Complete Fairytale Play Theater app review


Combine elements from Nosy Crow’s fairy-tale app series (The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, and Goldilocks and Little Bear) to stage your own once-upon-a-time puppet show with The Complete Fairytale Play Theater (September 2016; iOS only). Start a new story and give it a title and […]