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Welcome to my website.
It’s full of information about the books I write, how I make them, and why I write what I write. And since I can’t draw for beans, you’ll also find out how lucky I am to work with so many talented illustrators, editors, and designers. And you can also find out what other people say about the work I love doing. I hope you will find answers to most of the questions you — kids, teens, and grown-ups — have about my books.

What’s New?

TURTLE AND ME

Turtle and Me book cover

This picture book chronicles a young child’s life with his beloved “lovey”—a stuffed turtle—who has been this child’s best friend since the day he was born. But bad things happen to Turtle and now Turtle is ragged, ripped up, chewed up, sewed up, faded, and then receives the “biggest, baddest, most gigantic, horrible rip ever…

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WHAT’S SO YUMMY? ALL ABOUT EATING WELL AND FEELING GOOD

What’s So Yummy? book cover

A new nonfiction picture book about healthy eating and exercise starring Gus and Nellie and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott is the 4th book in our 5 book series for young children.

In What’s So Yummy? Gus and Nellie and their family go to their community garden, the farmer’s market, and grocery store...

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20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION! 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION!

It’s Perfectly Normal book cover

It’s So Amazing! book cover

The new and fully updated 20TH ANNIVERSARY Edition of IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL, Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, And Sexual Health — The new and fully updated 15TH ANNIVERSARY Edition of IT’S SO AMAZING! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families.

Every year, a new set of kids and teens come along who need honest, responsible, up-to-date, and accurate information about sexual health. That’s exactly why I consulted yet again with experts to make sure the information in our books would be current and scientifically accurate...

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What’s Next?
A 5th NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK STARRING GUS AND NELLIE

I have completed the research and vetting and have finished writing the 5th book in Nadine Bernard Westcott’s and my nonfiction LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU AND ME series for young children. The exciting news is that Nadine is working away on the art for this book. Over the past few years, we have both become [...]

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TWO NEW MANUSCRIPTS AT ONCE!

I have just begun the research for two new nonfiction picture books that are under contract about a topic I have never written about before in any book of mine. I have met with several experts about the topic and am finding out how multifaceted and fascinating this topic is. This two-book project is exciting, [...]

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Writing

Writing, writing, rewriting, and more writing. I am continuing to work on a new picture book—it’s fiction—and find myself working on it an hour or so at a time, every few days or so. But it’s not ready to send out to any editor yet. I love writing fiction for young children. And as ideas [...]

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News
TURTLE AND ME FEATURED ON PW KIDSCAST

Publishers Weekly’s KidsCast gave me the wonderful opportunity to talk about TURTLE AND ME and to share my thoughts about children and their loveys and discuss the importance of honesty and directness when writing for children.

Listen to the full interview.

Bank Street College of Education Profile

The Bank Street College of Education has posted a profile, “Robie Harris Tackles Sensitive Issues in Appropriate Ways,” which chronicles much of my work and writing from the get-go to the present. Here’s a bit of that profile, “For Robie, the questions, concerns, information, and feelings children have and wonder about day in and day [...]

A STAR FOR TURTLE AND ME

Here’s a little bit of what Publishers’ Weekly said in their starred review: “And yet
 there is nothing prosaic in these pages — 
it’s a book of poetic,
 plainspoken beauty, resonant with deeply felt emotions about attachment, loyalty, and growing up.”

Read the full review.

TURTLE AND ME JUST PUBLISHED IN THE U.S!

My picture book story, with the oh-so wonderful art by U.K. illustrator Tor Freeman, is now available for young children, their families, teachers, librarians, and day-care providers in the U.S. thanks to publisher Little Bee Books. This story is about a young child and his lovey — a stuffed turtle — and what happens when [...]

Honored by The National Coalition Against Censorship

This fall, I was thrilled to be honored by The National Coalition Against Censorship at their 40th Anniversary Gala at which I was awarded The NCAC Freedom Defender Award along with Neil Gaiman and…