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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 NEW NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK ABOUT DIVERSITY STARRING GUS & NELLIE

WHO WE ARE book cover

March 20th! The publication date of illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott’s and my newest book WHO WE ARE! All About Being The Same and Being Different. Join in the fun with Nellie, Gus, baby Jake and their parents…

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TWO NEW PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPTS & AN OLDER NONFICTION BOOK.

I have finally finished the text for two new nonfiction picture books that are under contract about a topic I have never written about before in any book of mine. This two-book project is exciting, daunting, and a challenge. I can’t wait to see the first sketches for it, which are coming soon. And I have just begun a new nonfiction book…

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WRITING. WRITING, REWRITING, AND MORE WRITING

I am continuing to work on an old picture book—it’s fiction—that I just can’t seem to make work. Still, I 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 pop into my head, I find myself writing notes, notes, and more notes not only about this picture book, but also a story I might work on next. Yep, the ideas do not stop rushing into my brain. And who knows which of those ideas…

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News
FIRST BOOK, MARIO BATALI FOUNDATION & WHAT’S SO YUMMY?

This fall, First Book and The Mario Batali Foundation launched their HEALTHY KIDS COLLECTION. WHAT’S SO YUMMY? was hand-selected by renown chef Mario Batali to be one of eight books in that collection as a way of ensuring that all children are well read, well fed…

WHO WE ARE! REVIEW/BOOKLIST

Our 1st review is from Booklist! It’s lovely.

Here is what they say: “This title continues Harris and Westcott’s Let’s Talk about You and Me series of books, which makes abstract concepts accessible to young readers and their adults. Their newest follows an interracial family through an amusement park-where better to find a kaleidoscope of humans? Siblings Nellie and Gus notice how they look “a little bit alike. But not a lot alike.” From there, the lens expands…

TURTLE AND ME REVIEW/SHELF AWARENESS

Here’s a quote from this spot-on review: “This reassuring picture book is told from the child’s viewpoint and shares his impressions about growing up — some of which were stories told to him: “I met Turtle on the day I was born,” says the boy. As Freeman depicts the child growing larger in relation to Turtle, Harris…

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 [...]