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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, September 10th – 14th

This week on hbook.com… Jarrett J. Krosoczka Talks with Roger (LIVE Video Edition) and Meg Medina Talks with Roger September Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Zetta Elliott, more fantasy/magical realism stories for intermediate readers, concept books with creative twists, and YA dramas about back-to-school blues Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: A Home in […]

Review of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke Peña Middle School, High School    Getty    96 pp. 3/18    978-1-947440-00-5    $19.95 This 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning biography introduces readers to “an icon. Orgullo mexicano. Maestra.” Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s (b. 1942) story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white illustrations, high-quality […]

Learning curves

A new school year means emotional challenges in addition to academic ones. The teen protagonists of these nuanced YA dramas navigate the complex intersections of their school, familial, and social identities. See also our recommendations for middle-school and high-school readers in the 2018 Back-to-School Herald. Sophomore Darius Kellner doesn’t fit in at his Oregon high […]

Everyday — and otherworldly — wonders

In these new books for intermediate readers, the boundaries between our reality and more fantastical realms blur, allowing protagonists and magical beings alike to walk between worlds. My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder, author-illustrator Nie Jun’s graphic novel for young readers, begins with a girl, Yu’er, who dreams of swimming in the Special Olympics. […]

Five questions for Zetta Elliott

Zetta Elliott’s Dragons in a Bag (Random, 8–11 years) kicks off a new middle-grade fantasy series starring Jaxon, a young African American Brooklynite who gets a glimpse of the magical possibilities of our world (and others) when he spends a day with new acquaintance Ma. 1. In the acknowledgements of Dragons in a Bag you […]

Week in Review, September 3rd-7th

This week on hbook.com… From the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: “The Right to Read by Yourself” by Roger Sutton Jacqueline Woodson’s 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance A profile of Jacqueline Woodson by Deborah Taylor Oge Mora Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Lena’s Shoes […]

Week in Review, August 27th – 31st

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Adrienne Kisner, Allison Varnes, NoNieqa Ramos Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger; illus. by Dan Santat Fiction: Sunny [Track] by Jason Reynolds Nonfiction: The Sinking of the Vasa by Russell Freedman; illus. by […]

Week in Review, August 20th – 24th

This week on hbook.com… Yuyi Morales Talks with Roger From the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Devoted to Diversity: Publishers with a Purpose” by Shoshana Flax Back-to-School Week 2018: #5Q for Dear Substitute co-authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; recommended new books for students of all ages; essential reading for parents […]

Week in Review, August 13th – 17th

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Stop, Go, Yes, No!: A Story of Opposites by Mike Twohy Fiction: The Itchy Book [Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!] by LeUyen Pham Nonfiction: The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation by Kate Messner; illus. by Matthew […]

Week in Review, August 6th – 10th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From The Guide: Summer of Change” August 2018 Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Sergio Ruzzier on The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] plus more uncommon graphic novels for beginners, picture-book bios of groundbreaking women in STEM, […]