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.

Boston Teen Author Festival turns 3!

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Emerson College students Renee Combs and Marisa Finkelstein (both former Horn Book interns, might I add) founded the Boston Teen Author Festival in 2012 as a smallish signing-and-panel event dedicated to “embracing YA.” Baby, look at you now: for its third year, BTAF will feature an unbelievable twenty-four guest YA authors from the Boston area, […]

Week in Review, September 8th-12th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… September’s Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Christine Heppermann, YA girls on the edge, picture book sequels, primary nature nonfiction, and middle-grade friendship stories September children’s literature events Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Draw! by Raúl Colón Fiction: Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey Poetry: Poisoned Apples: Poems for […]

Kids Discover: Cells app review

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By now, nonfiction magazine Kids Discover has adapted twenty-two (and counting) of its issues to digital, covering a wide range of natural and social science topics from the microscopic to the galactic. Every issue — and by extension, every app — offers eight informational chapters, each with an introductory paragraph followed by a engaging, collagelike […]

Once upon a newsletter

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In September’s Notes from the Horn Book, Kitty asks past HB reviewer/contributor Christine Heppermann five questions about her new fairy tale–inspired YA poetry collection, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. This issue’s also got • girls on the edge in YA novels • sequels to beloved picture books • primary nonfiction on nature • […]

September children’s lit events in Boston

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Happy September! Please join Children’s Books Boston for refreshments and an opportunity to connect with fellow children’s books lovers at a reception at Simmons College’s Paresky Conference Room at 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 11th. Here’s what else is happening this month: Instructor Wendy Wunder will teach a class entitled “The Emotional Rollercoaster: […]

Abhorsen read-alikes

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Like me, my friend Marie (hi Marie!) is a huge fan of Garth Nix’s Abhorsen YA fantasy trilogy. And like me, she’s been patiently(ish) anticipating Clariel, the prequel publishing in October, for years. A lot of them. Unlike me, however, she doesn’t have an ARC…so I’m mailing her my reviewer copy. Here are some Abhorsen […]

Nature lovers

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Back-to-school blues? Give kids these engaging science books — which introduce primary readers to intriguing animals, habitats, natural processes, and conservation causes — to pique scientific curiosity and fuel imagination. Katherine Roy’s Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands examines the sometimes chilling, always fascinating details of what makes the great […]

Week in Review, September 1st-5th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Calling Caldecott returns! Come champion your favorite picture books of the year. From the September/October 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Editorial: “Upstate Over There“ “Elisabeth Hamilton & Margaret McElderry: Two Approaches, One Passion” by Barbara Bader Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra […]

Pete the Cat in the Big Easy

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I just spent a week in New Orleans, a place I’ve wanted to visit since first reading Interview with the Vampire as a teen. The week held plenty of sights and experiences I’d been highly anticipating (a ghost tour, the Garden District, blues and jazz clubs, and — of course — beignets) and some I […]

Week in Review, August 22nd-26th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… 2013-2014 yearbook superlatives From the September/October 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “The Voice of Reason“: ALSC President Starr LaTronica responds to that controversial editorial Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Quest by Aaron Becker Fiction: The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Nonfiction: Buried Sunlight: How Fossil […]