Robie H. Harris
Robie H. Harris is an award-winning author of over twenty books for everyone from toddlers to older kids, including It's Not the Stork!, Happy Birthday!, Hi New Baby!, and Hello Benny!, all illustrated by Michael Emberly.
She travels around the country speaking about how picture books address the genuine feelings and concerns of young children. "Kids and adults always ask me, 'When did you publish your first book?' 'In kindergarten,' I answer. And they all look quite surprised," says Robie. "In my kindergarten class, the first thing we did every morning was to draw a picture and tell our teacher a story about our drawing. Each day, our teacher would write down our story. At the end of the year, each student's stories and drawings were compiled into a book. I named that book - my first book - ROBIE'S STORIES. It was 'published' in June 1946. From second grade on, the first thing we did every morning was to write - anything - for 15 minutes. Our teacher told us not to worry about spelling. We could fix that later. Once a week, we would read aloud what we had written and our classmates would tell us what did and didn't work. The next day we would revise our writing-until we got it 'right.'"
"I still write numerous drafts - maybe more than 30 or even 40 or more for each book - so many I lose track of just how many!," says Robie. "I still read what I write out loud to myself at the end of each day, so I can hear the parts that work and the parts that don't work. The next day, I work on the parts that didn't work. To this day, almost every day, I still almost always write first thing in the morning - a habit I first learned in kindergarten."
"I never planned to be a children's book author, " she says. "It just happened. But I always liked making books. I was editor of my high school newspaper and college yearbook. After graduate school, I became an elementary school teacher at the Bank Street School for Children in New York City and taught children how to write."
Robie H. Harris currently lives in Massachusetts - and loves to read books to her grandchildren. For more information about her, please visit www.robieharris.com