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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.

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… 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 an 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 […]

Week in Review, June 4th-8th

This week on… Preview the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards  Starred reviews coming in the July/August issue From the May/June 2018 Making a Difference issue: “From the Guide: Be an Everyday Un-Hero” Christina Collins Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Alma and How She Got […]

Reader Prom + prom reading

Tomorrow evening’s Reader Prom hosted by Porter Square Books looks like so much fun! Join Porter Square Books at the Davis Square VFW for our first ever Reader Prom and Book drive. All the proceeds will go to the Porter Square Books Foundation. Dress up in your finest prom fashion. Bring a copy of your favorite […]

Week in Review, May 28th-June 1st

This week on… Yesterday, May 31st, editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honorees! Watch the announcement video, see the press release, and read the Horn Book’s reviews here. From the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a […]

Week in Review, May 21st-25th

This week on… RIP Richard Peck (1934–2018) From the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference: The Book That Changed My Life series “Barbara’s Book” by Kevin Henkes “Advice for an Author” by Joyce Sidman “At Home in the Pages” by Naomi Shihab Nye “Why Do I Like This Story So Much?” […]

Review of The Belles

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton Middle School, High School    Freeform/Disney    440 pp. 2/18    978-1-4847-2849-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4847-3249-6    $10.99 In the fantastical courtly society of Orléans, everyone is born ugly — “skin pallid, gray, and shriveled, eyes cherry red, hair like straw — as if all the color was leeched out of them.” Everyone, that […]

Week in Review, May 14th-18th

This week on… 2018 Summer Reading Recommendations: Picture Books, Easy Readers and Primary Grades, Intermediate, Middle School, High School plus 5Q for Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin on Pie Is for Sharing  From the March/April 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Field Notes: “Camp Read-a-Rama: Learning to ‘Live Books’” From the May/June […]