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 curious minds.
--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.
--Kirkus Reviews 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.
--Parents 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 life.
--San Francisco Chronicle Tackles the sensitive subject of human reproduction with delicacy and honesty.
--Baltimore's Child 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 sexuality.
--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 naive young adults?) should miss this one.
--Sacramento Bee 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 controversial.
--Library Media Connection