It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris

It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health. Robie H. Harris. Candlewick, c.1996. 96 pages.


It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris is an informative and interesting book about going through puberty. It explains the physical, psychological, emotional, and social changes that occur during puberty. The book includes information on sexual reproduction, sexual desire, sexual intercourse, heterosexuality and homosexuality, the human body, female and male puberty, growing and changing bodies, masturbation, pregnancy, family planning, sexual abuse, and more.

Review/personal thoughts:

When I was in middle school, my mom brought home It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris for my brother and I. I remember acting disinterested at first (I was embarrassed!), but soon I found myself devouring the book’s contents. The book contains so much information and this information is handled respectfully. It discusses many subjects that parents might have a tough time talking about themselves. For example, masturbation, homosexuality, contraception, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases. Also, the colored pencil illustrations are wonderful; they depict people of all shapes, sizes, races, and ages. When I read this book as a tween it answered the many questions I had, and even some I didn’t know I had! It’s a book that I would recommend every parent purchasing for their tween.

Genre: informational guide

Reading/interest level: ages 9 and up


Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

Association of Booksellers for Children Booksellers’ Choice

New York Times Notable Book of the Year

ALA Notable Children’s Book

Similar titles: It’s So Amazing! by Robie H. Harris

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