We were fortunate enough to start the year with a Skype visit from Lauren Tarshis, author of the very popular
I Survived series. All the third grade classes gathered in the library early one morning to have a conversation with this very engaging author. Lauren Tarshis told us how she got started writing and how she goes about writing her books. She answered questions from students who had some good ones! "Why don't any of your I Survived books have a girl as the main character?" one student wanted to know. The welcome answer was that Ms. Tarshis' latest book, I Survived Mt. the Eruption of Mount St. Helens does just that. Students were fascinated with the stories the author told about traveling to do research for her books and the experiences she has had while working on her books. It was a memorable event for our young readers.