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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. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

Week in Review, January 14th – 18th

This week on… Calling Caldecott’s first 2019 Mock Caldecott ballot is open now until Monday! From the January/February 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms” by Uma Krishnaswami Erin Entrada Kelly Talks with Roger about You Go First Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Chicken Talk […]

Week in Review, January 7th – 11th

This week on… 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches January 2019 Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Caroline Cala, recommended read-alouds, early-chapter-book mysteries and madcap plans, and eye-opening YA history Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome Fiction: Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala Nonfiction: […]

New year, new Notes issue!

This afternoon subscribers to Notes from the Horn Book are receiving the first issue of 2019! This month you’ll find an interview with Caroline Cala about her series-starter Best Babysitters Ever, as well as lively picture books for snazzy storytimes early chapter books about mysteries and madcap schemes eye-opening YA history Read the full issue […]

Non-snoozy storytimes

Need some inspiration for a new year of storytimes? Learn how to shake things up with Julie Roach’s classic tips for reading aloud, then choose one of these lively new picture books and invite participants to vroom, roar, bark, and awoooooooo along. The latest of Kate and Jim McMullan’s things-that-go books, I’m Tough!, stars a […]

Schemers, sleuths, and spies

The familiar characters and structures of these early-chapter-book series entries will help emerging readers build confidence; plots featuring mysteries and madcap plans will keep them turning pages. The Infamous Ratsos return in Project Fluffy. BMOC Chuck Wood seeks Louie Ratso’s advice in winning over his crush, Fluffy Rabbitski. Thrilled by Chuck’s attention, Louie outlines a […]

Week in Review, December 24th – January 4th

This week (and last week!) on… It’s been quiet at the office with the holidays, but here are reflections on our 2018 plus some excellent reading to start 2019 off right: Horn Book highlights from 2018 January/February 2019 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and Editorial: “Technicolor Dreams” by Elissa Gershowitz Also from the […]

Week in Review, December 17th – 21st

This week on… 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner Interviews Cindy’s pictures of our “jolly holiday” outing Holiday High Notes #25DaysofHolidayBooks continues! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan; illus. by Taeeun Yoo Fiction: I Lost My Tooth! [Unlimited Squirrels] by Mo Willems Nonfiction: Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, […]

Week in Review, December 10th – 14th

This week on… 2018 Horn Book Fanfare, complete with annotations Holiday High Notes — recommended holiday books #25DaysofHolidayBooks continues! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee Fiction: Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson Nonfiction: Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by […]

Week in Review, December 3rd – 7th

This week on… Preview the January/February 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: original cover by Jillian Tamaki; Fanfare; 2018 BGHB Awards speeches and pics; Uma Krishnaswami on books as “prisms”; Grace Lin asks white authors to “Speak with Us, Not for Us”; lots more! From the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books: […]

Review of On a Sunbeam

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden; illus. by the author High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    537 pp. 10/18    978-1-250-17814-5    $32.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-17813-8    $21.99 This serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel tells Mia and Grace’s story in two alternating, far-future timelines, each initially distinguished by a different limited palette. In the first timeline, depicted in […]