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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, November 12th – 16th

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories” by Madeline Tyner From The Guide: “We Need Middle-Grade LGBTQ+ Books” November’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac, picture books about nature’s cycles, intermediate historical fiction, […]

November’s Notes newsletter

This afternoon subscribers to Notes from the Horn Book are receiving the November issue. This month you’ll find an interview with We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga author Traci Sorell and illustrator Frané Lessac, plus picture books about nature’s cycles intermediate historical fiction dystopian YA fiction Missing out? Read the full issue online or subscribe to receive […]

Foreseeable futures

Speculative fiction can provide an effective vehicle for authors to comment on and critique the state of our own world. The following new YA novels examine timely social issues in new settings, whether far-flung galaxies or uncomfortably close-to-home dystopian societies. (And by the way, did you know The Hunger Games just celebrated its tenth publication […]

Week in Review, November 5th – 9th

This week on hbook.com… Erin Entrada Kelly Talks with Roger From the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “‘Look Here. Not There.’ — The 2018 Zena Sutherland Lecture” by Rita Williams-Garcia “’Waiting in the Deep’”: A Character Development Workshop with Rita Williams-Garcia” by Andrea J. Loney Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: We […]

Week in Review, October 29th – November 2nd

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: “Into the Hundred Acre Wood” by Roger Sutton “Why Sensitivity Readers Matter: (And Why We Should Call Them Something Else)” by Jason Low Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween by Rubin […]

“Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” exhibit at the MFA

The Horn Book staff recently visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts — just a short walk from our office — to view its new exhibit “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.” It’s packed with photos, correspondence, preliminary sketches, original art, and other artifacts contemporary to the stories’ creation by author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. […]

Happy Halloween from The Horn BoooOOOoook!

Happy Halloween! How are we celebrating here at The Horn Book? With a matching mask-and-tie ensemble, a field trip to the (very seasonally appropriate) Fog x Flo installation, chocolate-chip pumpkin muffins, Red Sox pride, and spooky books, of course! Here’s a selection of new Halloween board books for the littlest monsters*, plus lots of treats […]

Review of Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween

Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk; illus. by the author Primary    Simon    48 pp. 7/18    978-1-4814-3059-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-3060-9    $10.99 In his second holiday-themed adventure (Samurai Santa, rev. 11/15), young ninja Yukio faces a familiar Halloween-night dilemma: how to handle a tagalong sibling. Doting little sis Kashi emulates all of Yukio’s […]

Week in Review, October 8th – 12th

This week on hbook.com… 2018 BGHB celebration roundup October 2018 Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Kate DiCamillo on Louisiana’s Way Home, middle-grade novels about finding — or making — home, primary illustrated poetry collections, middle-school and YA novels about girls, ghosts, and ghouls Editor in Chief Roger Sutton on the kidlitwomen* podcast: part […]

Girls, ghosts, and ghouls

In four new shiver-inducing middle-school and YA novels perfect for the Halloween season, young women come face-to-face with the restless dead, who are variously mindless and hungry or self-aware and in need of assistance — and not so different from their living counterparts. For more, see this recommended YA reading list, and don’t miss these […]