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.

Week in review, November 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Ellen Wittlinger’s article “Parrotfish Needed an Update: The Rapidly Changing Language of Transgender Awareness” Jennifer Donnelly Talks with Roger Holiday High Notes 2015 “From the Guide: Comics for Middle Graders” from Twitter friend Eti Berland: a class lesson based on “Comics Are Picture Books: A (Graphic) Novel Idea” by Elisa and […]

Sago Mini Friends app review

sago mini friends title screen

In Sago Mini Friends (2014), you choose to play as one of five brightly colored animal characters: an orange cat, a brown dog, a blue rabbit, a red bird, and a purple…guinea pig? You then float downward and land gently in a neighborhood of four pastel houses — occupied, of course, by the four other […]

The POW! of the turning of the page

joe hill

I was super-stoked to attend a live taping of The Nerdist Writers’ Panel podcast at local indie bookstore Brookline Booksmith on Saturday. The special guest was Joe Hill, one of my favorite adult authors. He’s published three horror-ish novels (including Horns, which in 2013 was made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe), a short story […]

Week in review, November 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… November’s Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Tim Wynne-Jones, YA about boys facing big issues, nonfiction PBs about all kinds of families, chapter books adventures, middle-school audiobooks Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Elephant in the Dark: Based on a Poem by Rumi retold by Mina Javaherbin; 
illus. by Eugene […]

Lights, camera, chapter books!

davis_flop to the top

These lighthearted outings for early primary readers offer adventures both everyday (a run-in with a teacher, a classmate rivalry) and extraordinary (a dog’s rise to superstardom and…a ghost raccoon sighting). In Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing’s Flop to the Top!, young Wanda is a superstar — in her own mind. After posting a selfie taken […]

Week in Review, November 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “An Interview with Kate DiCamillo“ “Comics Are Picture Books: A (Graphic) Novel Idea“ Jodi Lynn Anderson Talks with Roger November Boston-area children’s lit events Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Tiptoe Tapirs by Hanmin Kim Fiction: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and […]

November Boston-area children’s lit events

Photo: Marty Umans

November is absolutely packed with children’s literature related events in and near Boston. Here are just a few highlights; see our calendar for even more events. It’s National Novel Writing Month! Check the calendar for write-in events throughout the month in various venues. Tonight, November 5th at 7:00 pm, author Mike Lupica will be signing […]

Week in Review, October 26th-30th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Preview the November/December 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine November/December Editorial: “We’re Not Rainbow Sprinkles” October’s Nonfiction Notes: Research and information science, ancient and medieval history, sea life, vehicles, pop culture Lots and lots of Halloween reading recommendations The Cats of The Horn Book wish you a happy National Cat […]

Happy (almost) Halloween from The Horn BOooOOooOOk

roger with masquerade mask

Tomorrow’s Halloween, which means it’s time for a few of our favorite bookish Halloween traditions! Namely… All Hallow’s Read This tradition — started by author Neil Gaiman waaaaayyy back in the olden days of 2010 — simply consists of giving scary books in the week leading up to Halloween. (Instead of candy?!, you ask. No, […]

Cuckoo’s song


I discovered the podcast “Lore” yesterday, and I’m already eleven episodes in. Created by supernatural thriller author Aaron Mahnke, “Lore” tells real-life stories behind or informed by scary folklore, urban legends, and other creepy tales. Thus far, it’s covered the requisite vampires (this particular case taking place in colonial Massachusetts), werewolves (in medieval Germany), and […]