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?
CRASH! BOOM! A MATH TALE PUBLISHED!

CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale is the first of two early math picture books I wrote with art created by the amazing Chris Chatterton.

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WHO? A CELEBRATION OF BABIES PUBLISHED!

WHO? A Celebration of Babies, illustrated by the endearing art of Natascha Rosenberg, is the first of two early board books I have written. Both are intended for very young babies, older babies, and toddlers. WHO? is all about the beloved people, pets, AND objects in an infant’s day-to-day life. The book features all kinds [...]

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A NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK ABOUT DIVERSITY STARRING GUS & NELLIE

WHO WE ARE book cover

The times we live in and our children are living through, even our young children, calls for a book about respecting one another despite our differences Check out illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott’s and my most recent book together, WHO WE ARE! All About Being The Same and Being Different.
Read more about WHO WE ARE!
Join in the fun with Nellie, Gus, baby Jake and their parents…

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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?
TWO NEW BOOKS COMING SOON!

Artist Chris Chatterton’s and my second early math book, NOW WHAT? A Math Tale, will be published by Candlewick Press on May 14th. My second board book, LOOK! Babies Head to Toe, illustrated by Anoosha Syed will be published by Abrams Appleseed in August.

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A NEW NONFICTION BOOK

I am in the middle of writing a new nonfiction book for kids ten and up on a current topic that affects each and everyone of us, including kids and teens. The topic I am writing about is daunting and challenging. But a good challenge is what keeps writing, revising, rewriting, and collecting new source material almost each and [...]

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WRITING. WRITING, REWRITING, AND MORE WRITING

I am continuing to work on an new picture book—it’s fiction—that’s almost working. But I just can’t get 4 lines of it to work just right, just yet. SoI find myself working on it an hour or so at a time, every few days or so. I love writing fiction for young children. And as [...]

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News
CRASH! BOOM! A WINNER!

CRASH! BOOM! A Math TALE is the 2019 Mathical Award Winner in the Pre-Kindergarten category, just announced and given by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in association with the Children’s Book Council, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Read the full announcement and press release: 2019 Mathical Prize Winners Announced

BOOM! MORE PRAISE!

CRASH! BOOM! is on Elizabeth Bird’s School Library Journal/ Fuse #8 list of “stand out mathy titles of 2018.” Her comment about CRASH! BOOM!, “Harris apparently can tackle any subject if she puts her mind to it.” Read the listing: 31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Math Books for Kids

BOOM! PRAISE!

CRASH! BOOM! is on The Children’s Book Council and the National Teachers Association’s list of “Best STEM Book of 2018 and states, “The persistence shown by Elephant during several revisions of the design lets children know it is ok to have failures as long as you keep trying. Introduction to mathematics concepts.” Read the listing: [...]

WHO? THE KIRKUS BOARD BOOK REVIEW IS IN!

A wonderful review of WHO? A CELEBRATION OF BABIES from Kirkus states that “This babycentric board book features a diverse cast of characters. Harris is best known for her matter-of-fact and accurate nonfiction…Her first board book is equally positive, direct, and charming… The message that they are “SWEET BABIES! NICE BABIES!” is one that many [...]

BOOM! THE BOOKLIST REVIEW IS IN!

A wonderful review of CRASH! BOOM! from Booklist states that “Attention, aspiring architects and engineers: a first builder’s blueprint for constructing really, really tall buildings has arrived! A rosy-cheeked, sky-blue elephant digs into his plastic orange blocks container and stacks one, two more, and four blocks to build a tower as tall as he is. [...]