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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, July 16th – 20th

This week on hbook.com… Two archival Horn Book Magazine articles available online for the first time: “Confronting the Ovens: The Holocaust and Juvenile Fiction” by Eric A. Kimmel (from the February 1977 issue) — which was cited in Ruth Franklin’s recent New Yorker article “How Should Children’s Books Deal with the Holocaust?” “Mocking Moscow” by […]

Week in Review, July 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: 2017 in Review: The Year in Words by Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman 2017 in Review: The Year in Pictures by Julie Danielson and Travis Jonker An Interview with Denene Millner by Kim Parker and Elissa Gershowitz Jason […]

Deep blue sea

With activities such as beach trips, aquarium visits, and whale-watching on the agenda, summer is a great time for kids to learn more about our oceans, marine flora and fauna, and deep-water exploration. Here’s a handful of new nonfiction picture-book titles to get primary and early-intermediate readers’ feet wet. Die-cuts serve both useful and playful […]

Week in Review, July 2nd-6th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: Table of Contents Roger Sutton’s editorial “Some Best Books, and a Best Man“ 2018 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Eloise Greenfield Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora Fiction: All Summer Long by Hope Larson […]

Week in Review, June 25th-29th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: 2018 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Erin Entrada Kelly “Hello, Erin Entrada Kelly”: Profile by Virginia Duncan 2018 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Matthew Cordell Profile of Matthew Cordell by Julie Halpern 2018 CSK Author Award Acceptance by Renée […]

Week in Review, June 18th-22nd

This week on hbook.com… One year ago we said goodbye to contributor and Friend of the Horn Book Robin Smith, whom Editor in Chief Roger Sutton rightly called “one of the best things to ever happen to The Horn Book.” Read some of her insightful, impassioned writing about children’s books, then read “Dear Robin,” “WWRD?,” […]

2018 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal winners announced!

The 2018 winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents — were announced today. The awards are presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Geraldine McCaughrean was awarded the Carnegie Medal, which recognizes “the writer of an outstanding book for children,” for her […]

Week in Review, June 11th-15th

This week on hbook.com… Horn Book Herald: 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Edition: Five questions for 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña plus reviews of the winning titles; extras on the honored books and their creators; BGHB history; and some award-related silliness June 2018 Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q […]

Five questions for 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

In this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up), author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña seamlessly blend lyrical text and striking sequential art with their subject’s own words and black-and-white photography. The result is a unique graphic-novel biography that’s both informative and inspiring. […]

Summer science

These new books for primary readers present scientifically accurate information about the birds and the bees (and the snails, and the…hippos?) with engaging formats and plenty of humor. In the factual and funny A Round of Robins, sixteen brief, easy-to-read poems follow a pair of robin parents as they raise their chicks. Author Katie Hesterman […]