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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.

Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019

March is Women’s History Month, but we believe women’s history and empowerment are important topics to talk about with kids all year long. (And at every age — check out this onesie I was stoked to find for a friend’s baby!) The following recent picture-book biographies of amazing women can be a part of the […]

Week in Review, March 4th – 8th

This week on hbook.com… From the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: “On Citizenship” by Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano “My Characters Don’t Wear Shoes in the House” by Sayantani DasGupta For Paul B. Janeczko: a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye with art by Lynne Rae Perkins Reviews […]

Week in Review, February 25th – March 1

This week on hbook.com… In memoriam: Gregory Maguire remembers his friend, author Jane Langton Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham; illus. by John Holyfield Fiction: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman Nonfiction: I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Out […]

Books for Black Future Month

This February, as in previous years, we’ve been commemorating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about Black authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. New additions this year include “’To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful’: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book” by […]

Week in Review, February 18th – 22nd

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh Fiction: Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose [Step into Reading] by Tad Hills Nonfiction: Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by Gordon C. James Read Roger: But what IS reality, really? Out […]

Be “the hero and the author” of your story

If you have the opportunity to see Elizabeth Acevedo speak, go. I was lucky enough to attend two of her events as the inaugural Gwen Ifill Mentor-in-Residence at Simmons University last week, and I still can’t get enough.* (And that’s in addition to hearing her Fiction & Poetry Award acceptance speech at the 2018 BGHB […]

Week in Review, February 11th – 15th

This week on hbook.com… February 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: #5Q for Claire Hartfield, intermediate/middle-school nonfiction for Black History Month, picture books that model self-love, community, and pride for very young children of color, out-of-the-ordinary YA love stories whose teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be together Reviews of the Week: Picture […]

February Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

Notes from the Horn Book subscribers are receiving our February issue right…about…now. In this month’s newsletter we interview 2019 CSK Author Award winner Claire Hartfield about A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919. You’ll also find more intermediate/middle-school nonfiction for Black History Month picture books that model self-love, community, and pride for […]

Star-crossed love

Space, time, war, death, capricious gods: teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be together in these out-of-the-ordinary love stories. On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden’s serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel, follows two alternating, far-future timelines. In the first, eighteen-year-old Mia seeks her place among the tight-knit crewmates of a spacecraft; five years earlier, at an […]

Week in Review, February 4th – 8th

This week on hbook.com… All-ALAYMA-all-the-time edition of The Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Newbery Medalist Meg Medina, reviews of the 2019 winners, history (and critique) of the awards, and more interviews with the award-winning authors and illustrators Preview the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine From the January/February 2019 issue: “Happy Anniversary: I’ll […]