Stories of Survival With Lauren Tarshis

Episode 19 · August 3rd, 2016 · 26 mins 40 secs

About this Episode

Lauren Tarshis, author of the bestselling I Survived series, explains why her stories of survival resonate so deeply with young readers. Her thrilling tales about such momentous events as the sinking of the Titanic and the bombing of Pearl Harbor allow her fictionalized characters to confront life-or-death challenges. Lauren also dons her editor’s hat to talk about Storyworks Jr., Scholastic's new English Language Arts magazine for third graders.


  • Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived series has sold more than 21 million copies. The fictionalized tales take characters on harrowing journeys, where they must draw on their smarts and resilience. In her work, Lauren has brought to life such events as the Joplin tornado, the destruction of Pompeii, Hurricane Katrina, and, most recently, one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in U.S. history—I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980. Lauren is also the editor of Scholastic Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. magazines and the author of Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree and Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. She can be found online at Follow her on Twitter @laurenTarshis

Additional resources: 

  • Browse the I Survived Series and read excerpts from each book here.

  • Learn more about Storyworks Jr., Scholastic’s new magazine for third graders, here.

Special thanks:

  • Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl

  • Sound mix and editing by Daniel Jordan and Christopher Johnson

  • Produced by Megan Kaesshaefer

Photo credit: David Dreyfuss