Lauren Tarshis is the author of the New York Times bestselling I Survived series. Each of these historical fiction books focuses on an iconic event from history, and tells the story through the eyes of a child who was there. The theme of the series is resilience: how human beings can struggle through even the most difficult experiences and somehow not simply survive but heal — and ultimately thrive. The series includes more than 13 historical fiction books plus two I Survived True Stories collections of narrative nonfiction. The True Stories titles feature real children from history and today facing extraordinary events.

Lauren is also the author of the critically acclaimed Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, a Golden Kite honor book for fiction and Oprah book club pick, and the sequel Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. The books are on many state lists and are often used by schools as part of anti-bully programs.

In addition to writing books, Lauren is VP, Editorial Director of Language Arts for Scholastic’s Classroom Magazine Division. She is the long-time editor of Scholastic Storyworks magazine, an award-winning multi-genre language arts magazine read by more than 1 million children in their fourth and fifth grade classrooms.

Lauren has spoken at hundreds of schools, libraries and conferences. Her presentation takes students deep into her research and writing process and reveals her own personal story of coping with reading struggles when she was young. Her school presentation is dynamic and interactive and allows ample time for student questions about the historical events that Lauren writes about, helping guide young readers in their personal quests to learn more.

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Suggested audience: Grades 3-7

Maximum of two presentations per day, a total of 3-4 hours onsite

Conference and Festival Appearances

Lauren frequently speaks to adult groups of educators at statewide and national events. She enjoys giving keynote addresses as well as doing break out sessions for smaller groups and panel discussions with other authors. 

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Lauren uses a PowerPoint presentation that she will bring on a USB thumb drive. She will need a computer with wireless clicker, connected to a projector and screen. For larger groups she requests a sound system with a lavaliere microphone.

She likes to do a rehearsal run before the presentation to ensure that all equipment is working properly.


For honorarium and availability information for Lauren Tarshis, please contact David Dreyfuss, Be sure to include your name, affiliation, the name and address of your school or organization.

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