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It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, Gender, and Sexual Health

book cover art for It's Perfectly Normal illustrated by Michael Emberley

Author Robie H. Harris
Illustrator Michael Emberley

Book type: Health Manual, 9-11

Where it is banned:

It’s Perfectly Normal  educates pre-pubescent children on sexuality: body changes which occur during adolescent, gender identity, sexual health, etc. The book is generously illustrated with full-color, humorous drawings. It’s Perfectly Normal has been reissued frequently, with author Robie Harris and illustrator Michael Emberley consulting with health professionals and consultants to be sure the text is accurate and appropriate. It’s been translated into 72 languages, and has received numerous accolades, including The New York Times “Best Book of the Year” (1995).

Despite its warm reception, It’s Perfectly Normal has been one of the most challenged books of the past two decades. Parents in particular state that the frank depictions of naked bodies and sexuality, in both the text and illustrations, is inappropriate for children. The book has been removed from both public and school libraries.

More Information

It May Be ‘Perfectly Normal’, But It’s Also Frequently Banned
Interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered”