Welcome
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?

TWO NEW PICTURE BOOKS

Two new picture books of mine have just been published. Both are for young children roughly ages 2 or 2½ to about age 5 or so. WHEN LIONS ROAR, with pictures by Chris Raschka, is a story about a young child who faces fear and makes his world safe again. WHAT’S IN THERE? All About Before You Were Born, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, is a nonfiction picture book, which tells the amazing story of pregnancy and birth to young children. It is the third book in Nadine’s and my nonfiction series for young children.

What’s Next?
A new nonfiction picture book starring Gus and Nellie

Illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott has just about completed her pitch-perfect illustrations for the fourth book in our five-book nonfiction picture book series that we are creating together. Young children and their families will love her art…

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TWO ANNIVESARY EDITIONS

I have been hard at work for several months on two completely updated anniversary editions of two books of mine. And I am working as hard as I did on these same books many years ago. An exciting and challenging project for all of us…

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WRITING

Writing, writing, rewriting, and more writing. I have completed the research, the vetting, and am just about to start writing the fifth book in Nadine Bernard West’s and my nonfiction series for young children. Over the past few years, we have both become so fond of our characters Gus and Nellie…

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News
Best Science Picture Books 2013

WHAT’S IN THERE? headlines SLATE.COM’s list of The Best Science Picture Books of 2013. Read about it here.

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A Star for WHAT’S IN THERE?

What’s In There? has been selected by EBSCO as a Core Collection Star Title.

Books chosen as Core Collection Star Titles embody literary excellence and are judged to be distinguished contributions to…

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When Lions Roar, Best of the Best

WHEN LIONS ROAR chosen by Professor Susan P. Bloom as one of the “Best of the Best 2103 Picture Books.” As part of her annual Eric Carle Museum lecture, Bloom celebrates…

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Hooray!

WHAT’S IN THERE? has been chosen as an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 for 2014. The list is selected by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

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2 STARRED REVIEWS FOR WHEN LIONS ROAR

Here’s a bit of what Booklist said in their starred review: “Harris and Raschka elegantly tackle a common childhood emotion…”
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Here’s a bit of what Publishers Weekly said in their starred review: “Expertly attuned to everyday situations that frighten children…”
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