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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.

Week in Review, February 19th-23rd

This week on… Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: “An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray” by Elissa Gershowitz “Beyond The Friends” by Yolanda Hare BGHB at 50: “Revisiting Anthony Burns” by Rudine Sims Bishop Review of Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis February 2018 ALA YMA issue of […]

Week in Review, February 12th-16th

This week on… The 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, were announced on Monday. See how The Horn Book reviewed major award-winners and honor books! Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: Reviews, interviews, and speeches on the March trilogy by Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. […]

Fantastic (graphic-novel) voyages

These engaging new graphic-novel adventures draw intermediate and middle-school readers in to fantastical worlds that are variously beautiful and bizarre. The Sand Warrior kicks off the 5 Worlds series, a sweeping, sci-fi/fantasy graphic-novel saga written by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel and illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun. Three kids from very […]

When the weather outside is frightful…

A little imagination can go a long way towards alleviating snow-day cabin fever. These wintry picture books celebrate thinking outside the box (or, in one case, thinking a box into outer space), making them perfect companions to preschoolers’ indoor imaginative play. In their third outing, Chirri & Chirra: The Snowy Day, Kaya Doi’s rosy-cheeked (and, […]

Week in Review, February 5th-9th

This week on… 2018 Calling Caldecott mock vote winner announced! From the January/February 2018 Horn Book Magazine: BGHB at 50: “Amber and Essie and Vera and Me” by Julie Roach From The Guide: “Family Matters” Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: “Young Dreamers” by Christopher Myers Javaka Steptoe’s 2017 Caldecott Medal Acceptance […]

Week in Review, January 29th-February 2nd

This week on… The first Calling Caldecott 2018 ballot is open now through 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Monday, February 5! March/April 2018 Horn Book Magazine preview and starred reviews Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: Introduction The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas’s 2017 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award Speech Freedom Over Me: […]

Reading for Groundhog Day

Six more weeks of winter?! Say it ain’t so! Groundhog Day Winter End GIF from Groundhogday GIFs Warm up (and cheer up) with these Groundhog Day–themed books. All of the titles below were recommended for by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews reprinted from The […]

February Boston-area book events

February is a good month for book-lovers! Here’s a sampling of events coming up around Boston; check our calendar for details and even more events. Email to submit your event for listing. Tonight at 7:00 pm, join Brookline Booksmith to celebrate new releases from two young adult novelists: Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood) and […]

Week in Review, January 22nd-26th

This week on… Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) January issue of the Nonfiction Notes newsletter: animal-human relationships; graphic-novel biographies and memoirs; interesting invention stories; logophila; calm and confidence Roger’s “shelfie” for #LibraryShelfieDay Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… by Molly Bang with Ann Stern Fiction: Nothing by Annie Barrows Nonfiction: A […]

Week in Review, January 15th-19th

This week on… Remembering Julius Lester (1939–2018) 2018 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup Andrea Davis Pinkney Talks with Roger — video edition Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Ducks Away! by Mem Fox; illus. by Judy Horacek Fiction: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe; trans. from […]