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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.

Review of The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    282 pp. 2/18    978-1-250-15985-4    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-62672-363-4    $16.99 With a setting and palette reminiscent of Disney’s Cinderella and a setup involving a royal ball, this graphic novel has all the trappings of a rags-to-riches romance. […]

Week in Review, April 16th-20th

This week on… video of “Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden” (text coming in May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference) Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes; illus. by Scott Magoon Fiction: Between the […]

Week in Review, April 9th-13th

This week on… April Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Tomi Adeyemi, bad blood, preschoolers’ life lessons, the power of poetry, listening to friends and family April Horn Book Herald: Spring News: 5Q for Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle, National Poetry Month 2018, Earth Day 2018, making a difference, signs of springtime […]

Bad blood

All teens grapple with family dynamics as they define their individual identities. But the protagonists of these YA fantasy novels must also contend with magic, secrets, and misdeeds in their bloodlines. In Frances Hardinge‘s A Skinful of Shadows, orphan Makepeace (an illegitimate relation) becomes a servant to the aristocratic Fellmotte family. She soon realizes that […]

Week in Review, April 2nd-6th

This week on… May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference preview and starred reviews Rob Sanders Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: A Most Unusual Day by Sydra Mallery; 
illus. by E. B. Goodale Fiction: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson Nonfiction: Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by […]

Week in Review, March 26th-30th

This week on… From the March/April 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “An Interview with Regina Hayes” by Leonard S. Marcus March 2018 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: Coding; spies, ciphers, and drones; physics; photography; National Poetry Month 2018 Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Pup and Bear by Kate Banks; illus. by […]

Week in Review, March 19th-23rd

This week on… Remembering Russell Freedman Brian Selznick & David Serlin Talk with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier; 
illus. by Sonia Sánchez Fiction: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Nonfiction: Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Albert Marrin Read Roger: My teacher Zena […]

Week in Review, March 12th-16th

This week on… March 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: #5Q for Winifred Conkling on Votes for Women, inspiring nonfiction about the childhoods of female trailblazers, preschool books about interspecies friendships, wacky intermediate fantasy novels, and YA starring girls who save themselves Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Vincent Comes Home by Jessixa […]

Who run the world?

March is Women’s History Month. These inspiring nonfiction books for primary and intermediate readers relate how determined girls pursued their dreams — and their faith in a better future — to become trailblazers in the arts, sports, STEM, and social justice. For more recommended reading about extraordinary women, click on the tag Women’s History Month. […]

Week in Review, March 5th-9th

This week on… From the March/April 2018 issue: “A Preponderance of Pink: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning” by Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano Don’t miss “#KidlitWomen”— a month-long series of essays examining gender inequity in the children’s literature industry Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: This Is the Nest That Robin Built by […]