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Lauren Tarshis
Born Lauren Tarshis
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Alma mater Barnard College
Period 1988–
Genre Children's literature

Lauren Tarshis is an author of children's books, with several series of fiction, non-fiction and historical fiction works found in thousands of libraries and translated into several languages.

She is the author of the New York Times Bestselling series I Survived. The books, fast-paced historical fiction for kids in grades 3-5, focus on a historical disasters from the perspective of a boy or girl who lived to tell the tale.

She is also the author of 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, Tarshis is SVP Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of the Classroom Magazine Division at Scholastic, Inc., which includes Storyworks magazine, a language arts magazine for children in grades 3-5 that she has edited for several years.

Title Publication date Type Notes
The Making of Ironweed March 1, 1988 Non-fiction
Taking Off: Extraordinary Ways to Spend Your First Year Out of College January 1, 1989 Non-fiction
Kate: The Katharine Hepburn Album February 1, 1993 Non-fiction
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree May 15, 2008 Fiction
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell In Love May 13, 2010 Fiction
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 June 1, 2010 Historical fiction
I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 September 1, 2010 Historical fiction
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 March 1, 2011 Historical fiction
I Survived Harbor Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 October 1, 2011 Historical fiction
I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 March 1, 2012 Historical fiction
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 July 1, 2012 Historical fiction
I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 February 1, 2013 Historical fiction
I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 August 27, 2013 Historical fiction
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 February 25, 2014 Historical fiction
I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, A.D. 79 August 26, 2014 Historical fiction
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 February 24, 2015 Historical fiction
I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 August 25, 2015 Historical fiction
I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 February 21, 2016 Historical fiction
I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 August 30, 2016 Historical fiction
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 August 29, 2017 Historical fiction
I Survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888 February 28, 2018 Historical fiction
I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 September 25, 2018 Historical fiction
I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 January 29, 2019 Historical fiction
I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 September 3, 2019 Historical fiction
I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 Graphic Novel February 4, 2020 Graphic Novel - Historical fiction
I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916 Graphic Novel June 2, 2020 Graphic Novel - Historical fiction
I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 September 1, 2020 Historical fiction
I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters September 30, 2014 Non-fiction
I Survived True Stories #2: Nature Attacks! September 29, 2015 Non-fiction
I Survived True Stories #3 Tornado Terror

True Tornado Survival Stories and Amazing Facts from History and Today

February 28, 2017 Non-fiction

Emma-Jean Lazarus books

  • Emma-Jean Lazarus fell out of a tree (2007), in over 1,600 WorldCat libraries (reviewed by Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
    • Translated into French as Pourquoi Emma-Jane est tombée de l'arbre, et ce qui s'ensuivit... (2010)
    • Translated into German as Emma-Jean und das Geheimnis des Glücks (2009)
    • Translated into Japanese as エマ・ジーン・ラザルス、木から落ちる / Ema jīn razarusu ki kara ochiru (2008)
  • Emma-Jean Lazarus fell in love (2009), in over 1,000 WorldCat Libraries
    • Translated into German as Emma-Jean und das Geheimnis der Freundschaft (2011)

I Survived series

Lauren Tarshis has written 20 books for the I Survived series as of October, 2020. They are historical fiction books about children who survive different disasters, including storms, wars, battles, and wild animal attacks. The tagline for the series is "When Disaster Strikes, Heroes Are Made." The books are published by Scholastic Inc.

The first book in the series was published in 2010 and is called I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912.

The latest book in the series was published in 2020 and is called I Survived the The California Wildfires, 2018.

In 2018, the first of four I Survived books in Spanish was released for the U.S. market: Sobreviví los Ataques de Tiburones de 1916 (I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916). In 2019, two more titles were released: "Sobreviví el Naufragio del Titanic, 1912 (I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912), and Sobreviví el Terremoto de San Francisco, 1906 (I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906). In 2020, a fourth title was released: Sobreviví el huracán Katrina, 2005 (I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005). Two more Spanish language I Survived titles will be released in 2021.

Tarshis has also written 3 non-fiction books for the I Survived True Stories spin-off series, featuring some of the real events that the I Survived historical fiction books are based on. "I Survived True Stories #1: Five Epic Disasters." was released in 2014 and was followed in 2015 by "I Survived True Stories #2 Nature Attacks!," and by "I Survived True Stories #3 Tornado Terror," in 2017.

In 2020, two new graphic novels were released: I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 Graphic Novel and I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916 Graphic Novel.

I Survived has been translated into ten languages including Chinese, Czech, French, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese.

Other works

  • The making of Ironweed (1988), also written by Claudio Edinger and William Kennedy
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