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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?
NOW WHAT? A MATH TALE JUST PUBLISHED!

NOW WHAT? A Math Tale is the second of two early math picture books I have written and Chris Chatterton has illustrated. Our first early math book was CRASH! BOOM! A Math tale. Our second early math book, NOW WHAT?, is the story of Puppy, who wants to build a bed out of blocks, one that is wide enough and long enough for a snooze.

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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. This is the story of Elephant who has a bucket of blocks and wants to build something tall. Something as tall as Elephant. But will it stay up? CRASH! BOOM! Not this time. Build it again? One block. Two blocks? Four blocks? It’s still not as tall as Elephant. More blocks! Now will it stay up? Now will it be as tall as Elephant? Build, balance, count—question, estimate, measure—predict, crash, and build again! Young children will happily follow along as Elephant goes through the ups and downs of creating something new and finally celebrates the joy and pride of success.

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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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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 BOARD BOOK COMING SOON!

My first board book, WHO? A Celebration of Babies will now be followed by my second board book, LOOK! Babies Head to Toe. This board book is beautifully illustrated by Anoosha Syed and will be published by Abrams Appleseed in August.

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A NEW PICTURE BOOK

It’s so exciting for me that a new artist has signed a contract and has already begun creating the art for a new picture book of mine to be published in early 2021. This magnificent fine artist, who has never illustrated a children’s book, has just the right sensibilities when it comes to portraying children, [...]

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A NEW NONFICTION BOOK

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

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News
NOW WHAT? HIGH PRAISE!

Here’s what Shelf Awareness wrote about NOW WHAT? “Puppy’s expressive pencil-stroke eyebrows and wagging tail catapult this bouncy protagonist to a huggability quotient rarely witnessed in math-oriented texts…

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 [...]