Authors Lauren Tarshis and Daryl Cobb visited Salt Brook Elementary School in celebration of Read Across America Week. On Monday, March 3, Ms. Tarshis, author of the popular I Survived historical fiction series, met with students and teachers from third through sixth grades. Her series, which has more than 4.5 million copies in print since I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic debuted in 2010, includes subjects such as Pearl Harbor, Hurricane Katrina and September 11th. Ms. Tarshis shared her personal journey from having a reading disorder as a child to becoming a writer as an adult and offered insight into the writing and publishing process. She transported the audience back to AD 79, giving the students a sneak peek into her new book, I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, scheduled to be released in September. Reading the first chapter aloud, she provided students with a unique opportunity to critique her work and provide recommendations, even before her editor.
On Thursday, March 6, Daryl Cobb, an author, musician, singer, songwriter and actor who promotes literacy through creative arts, brought his high-energy, multi-media presentation to students in kindergarten through second grade. His published works include the 2013 hit Baseball, Bullies & Angels and the swashbuckling tale Pirates: The Ring of Hope, as well as 14 picture books. Mr. Cobb shared that he originally created some of his work for his own two children as bedtime stories, and students had an opportunity to purchase a book he customized for the event: Do Pirates Go to Salt Brook Elementary School?
Sponsored by the Salt Brook PTA, both Ms. Tarshis and Mr. Cobb interacted with students throughout the day, answered questions, signed books and enjoyed lunch with student representatives from each class. Past authors who have visited Salt Brook for this annual Author Day event include Patrick O’Brien, Linda Oatman, Lawrence Pringle, Michael Dooling, Lisa Funari-Willever and Dan Gutman.