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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, May 20th – 24th

This week on hbook.com Remembering Judith Kerr (1923-2019) Summer Reading 2019 featuring 5Q for Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña From May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: Lift Every Voice: “My Own Origin Story” by Javaka Steptoe May Nonfiction Notes: life skills, activists and activism, evolution, and sustainable eating Reviews […]

#summervibes

You know we love a good color palette, so we’re into the (unintentional but v. appropriate!) beachy aesthetic of this year’s Summer Reading list. Click here for our full list of recommendations with annotations and an interview with Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña, then download and print the PDF — featuring summery sunshine-and-shave-ice art from […]

Game of Thrones read-alikes

Welp, I dunno about you, but I was Not Happy with the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. And given that it was the penultimate episode — ever — I’m getting pretty nervous about the finale on Sunday. Whether you’re sticking out the season and looking for something to help fill the void afterwards, […]

R.I.P., Grumpy Cat

We are sad to hear of the passing of kitty superstar Tardar Sauce, better known as Grumpy Cat. Her perpetually “grumpy” expression (the result of her unique genetics) has brought smiles to so many and reportedly belied a sweet personality. We’ll miss you, Grumpy Cat. In her honor, here are some picture books and chapter […]

Week in Review, May 13th – May 17th

This week on hbook.com Summer Reading 2019 featuring 5Q for Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña From May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: “Walking My Own Path” by Renée Watson “The Greatest Review I’ll Ever Get” by Christopher Paul Curtis “Words and Music” by Eloise Greenfield Reviews of the Week: […]

Week in Review, May 6th – 10th

This week on hbook.com From May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: “Let Our Rejoicing Rise” by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop Lift Every Voice: “From One Book to Many” by Rita Williams-Garcia Lift Every Voice: “A Matter of Choice” by Shadra Strickland CSK by the Numbers compiled by Nick […]

Week in Review, April 29th – May 3rd

This week on hbook.com From May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: Table of Contents Editorial: “Behold the Gold!” by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Rudine Sims Bishop “CSK: 50 Years Strong” by Claudette S. McLinn Andrea Beaty Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: There Are No […]

Week in Review, April 22nd – 26th

This week on hbook.com… Double batch of Publishers’ Previews: Middle-Grade Novels: Dan Gemeinhart, Yoon Ha Lee, Erin Bow (January/February 2019 Horn Book Magazine) Spring 2019: Jasmine Warga, Eloise Greenfield, Remy Lai, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (March/April 2019 Horn Book Magazine) Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Poetree by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds; illus. by Shahrzad Maydani  Fiction: Dealing […]

Week in Review, April 15th – 19th

This week on hbook.com… David Elliott Talks with Roger about Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman Fiction: The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake Nonfiction: Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti […]

Whatcha up to this weekend?

Whether you and your loved ones are observing Passover, celebrating Easter, or just spending a (hopefully sunny, but probably not; sigh) spring weekend together, enjoy! We think every occasion is made better with books, so here are some booklists recommending titles to take along, whatever the festivities. And if you, like Shoshana*, are having a […]