ROBIE H. HARRIS began her career as a teacher at the Bank Street College of Education's School for Children. She started writing books for children in the 1970s and has numerous titles to her credit. Among them are the award-winning and internationally acclaimed books about sexual health for older children: IT'S SO AMAZING! A BOOK ABOUT EGGS, SPERM, BIRTH, BABIES, AND FAMILIES for children age seven and up and IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL: CHANGING BODIES, GROWING UP, SEX, AND SEXUAL HEALTH for children age ten and up, which won her the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association Award for Outstanding Educator. She is also the well-known author of HAPPY BIRTH DAY!, HI NEW BABY!, and three picture books in the Growing Up series, all illustrated by Michael Emberley, as well as GOODBYE MOUSIE, illustrated by Jan Ormerod, and DON'T FORGET TO COME BACK!, illustrated by Harry Bliss.
MICHAEL EMBERLEY is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the illustrator of many books for children, including several collaborations with Robie H. Harris: IT'S SO AMAZING, IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL, HAPPY BIRTH DAY!, HI NEW BABY!, and three picture books in the Growing Up series, books that tell stories and facts about the first five years of life.
Straightforward, informative, and personable...This book will be
accessible to its intended audience, comforting in its clarity and
directness, and useful to a wide range of readers.
--School Library Journal (starred review)
Harris' respectful writing targets children's natural curiosity
without cloaking matters in obfuscating language.
--Booklist (starred review)
In their previous landmark volumes . . . Harris and Emberley
established themselves as the purveyors of reader-friendly,
straightforward information on human sexuality for readers as young
as seven. Here they successfully tackle the big questions . . . for
even younger kids.
--The Horn Book (starred review)
An excellent introduction to babies' origins for youngest
--Publishers Weekly (featured in Children's Notes: True Companions)
Emberley's cartoon cast, a celebration of demographic diversity,
do double duty as helpful diagrams of body parts and fetal
development, and as examples of loving families in action.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A happy addition to the Harris-Emberley family.
Many parents will like this book's direct approach.
--Wall Street Journal
This informative book covers everything from why boys and girls
have different body parts to how a baby is born.
The book is written in clear, straightforward language and
accompanied by cartoon illustrations.
--Columbus Dispatch (included in a list of the top children's books of the year)
Adults will gratefully draw on the book's frank language and
friendly tone when talking things over with their kids in the car
or at the zoo... This must-have family resource addresses all kinds
of such funny misconceptions, supplying instead the real facts of
--San Francisco Chronicle
Tackles the sensitive subject of human reproduction with
delicacy and honesty.
We recommend these books for parents, teachers, librarians,
health professionals and clergy as trusted and accessible resources
to get answers and information about how to talk to youth about
--The Parent Buzz
There's a direct correlation between fear of naming body parts
and kids' interest in finding out about them...The lucky ones
discover the Robie Harris/Michael Emberley books...
--Newbery winner Susan Patron, quoted in PW Children's Bookshelf
Well-laced with humorous illustrations and diagrams that convey
information as well as maintain the cheerful, even exuberant, 'it's
perfectly natural' tone of this book.
--Toronto Globe & Mail
Pure sterling. . . . No family with young children (or na ve
young adults?) should miss this one.
A perfect starting point for sex education.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Simple language and colorful illustrations present
straightforward and easily understood topics that are sometimes
--Library Media Connection