Books by Robie H. Harris

TURTLE AND ME by Robie H. Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Though she breaks little new ground, Harris attacks a common childhood anxiety with her customary smarts and bracing lack of sentiment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mussed, chewed, torn, stained—no matter what condition this stuffed animal is in, it remains dearly loved. Read full book review >
WHAT'S SO YUMMY? by Robie H. Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An informational title that seems good for you without being a pill to swallow. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The fourth installment in Harris and Westcott's Let's Talk About You and Me series lives up to its predecessors' achievements in its plain talk about health. Read full book review >
WHEN LIONS ROAR by Robie H. Harris
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A tried-and-true strategy, though the fright fades with unrealistic speed in this iteration. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What to do when sudden or loud noises bring "the scary." Read full book review >
WHAT'S IN THERE? by Robie H. Harris
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Clear, direct and anatomically correct; an excellent entryway for the many anticipated questions about childbirth. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
The third installment in the Let's Talk About You and Me series finds Harris back where adults expect to find her—discussing the human body for the youngest set. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A welcome addition. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Harris and Westcott, who previously collaborated on Who Has What? All About Girls' Bodies and Boys' Bodies (2011), return with another matter-of-fact and sensitive informational book, this time not about the human body and sexuality, but about human families and relationships. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This much-needed title stands out for its comfortably familiar presentation of material adults sometime find difficult to share with young children. (Informational picture book. 2-6) "
A family outing to the beach provides the opportunity for a discussion of the similarities and differences between boys and girls. Read full book review >
THE DAY LEO SAID, “I HATE YOU!” by Robie H. Harris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Harris's patient take on a difficult topic will make this must-have reading for many a parent and child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The H-word gets the full attention of two of picture-book literature's finest emotional plumbers. Read full book review >
MAIL HARRY TO THE MOON! by Robie H. Harris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 21, 2008

"His over-the-top characterizations of the exaggerated requests will elicit gales of giggles from all readers, regardless of their birth order. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With keen understanding and a comic touch, Harris addresses the trials and travails of adjusting to a new baby in the house. Read full book review >
I’M ALL DRESSED! by Robie H. Harris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A fun look at the battle most often waged between preschoolers and their parents. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In the latest of the Just Being Me series, a preschooler asserts his independence and dresses himself for his Grandpa's birthday party. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A happy addition to the Harris-Emberley family. (Nonfiction. 4-11)"
Harris and Emberley's trademark bird and bee return to help harried parents explain to their preschoolers and early elementary-aged children just exactly where babies come from. Read full book review >
I LOVE MESSES! by Robie H. Harris
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"The power of suggestion is strong—tread cautiously. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A curious preschooler explores her world and makes a mess. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Another solid contribution to the literature of parenting and sibling relationships. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Harris and Emberley spin out the third of their "Growing Up Stories," using an episodic scenario-with-accompanying-commentary format to offer fresh, frank views on what to expect, developmentally speaking, from typical two-year-olds and also twins of that age. Read full book review >
DON’T FORGET TO COME BACK! by Robie H. Harris
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"An amusing, sophisticated look at an age-old concern, reflecting the emotions of separation anxiety through the eyes of a verbal, assertive child. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's a night out at the opera for Mommy and Daddy while their demanding, somewhat overly imaginative preschooler is apprehensive about staying home with babysitter, Sarah. Read full book review >
I AM NOT GOING TO SCHOOL TODAY! by Robie H. Harris
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"A great send-off. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The team of Harris and Ormerod once again create a reassuring title with utter purity of feeling. Read full book review >
HELLO BENNY! by Robie H. Harris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The visual references that correspond to the supporting facts make this piece educational and lots of fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Children are exposed to a wealth of information as Harris (Goodbye Mousie, 2001, etc.) begins a series that will educate children about the first five years of life. Read full book review >
GOODBYE MOUSIE by Robie H. Harris
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Not since The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (1971) has there been such an affecting and satisfying story about the death of a pet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little boy's pet mouse dies, and he and his family cope, in this gently done true-life tale by a team that has such an elegant grasp of the workings of the minds and hearts of children. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Closing on a cheery note with a look at new baby customs in several parts of the world, this provides sensible, reassuring answers to readers' questions and concerns, and interrupts the rain of information with occasional silliness. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Harris and Emberley fill the gap between their picture book, Happy Birth Day (1996), and the instant-classic It's Perfectly Normal (1994) with this equally sensitive, good-humored take on love and sex, puberty, genetics, pregnancy, and related topics, from sibling rivalry to HIV. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTH DAY! by Robie H. Harris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 1996

"The predominant message, however, is of the love and wonder that greet this child from her first moment. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Perhaps designed for the baby-gift market (the title page is preceded by a page for recording a newborn's vital statistics), this book occupies an unusual niche: There are plenty of books about gestation, birth, and infancy, but this one focuses on the baby's experiences in the minutes and hours immediately following birth, particularly on the bonding between parents and newborn. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A terrific teaching tool that just may help slow the spread of sexual diseases and ignorance. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Illustrator Emberley (Welcome Back, Sun, 1993, etc.) has teamed up with Harris (Hot Henry, 1987, etc.) to present more ethnic and sexual diversity than New York City's Rainbow Curriculum ever bargained for as they battle all concepts non-PC: They take swings at ageism (``People have sexual intercourse well into old age'') and at homophobia in the military (pointing out that, in ancient Sparta, it was thought ``that if a warrior was in the same regiment as his lover, he would fight harder in order to impress him''). Read full book review >