Antioch Alumna Writes Children’s Book That Sparks Interest in Fossils

Erin Rounds, a fourth-grade teacher at Union Street School in Springfield, VT and a 2008 graduate of Antioch University New England’s Experienced Educators program is the author of Charlotte’s Bones: The Beluga Whale In A Farmer’s Field, an illustrated book about a small Vermont town that discovered a beluga whale fossil.

‘Charlotte,’ the Beluga whale, was found in 1849 in a farmer’s field in Charlotte, VT, during the construction of the Burlington-Rutland railroad. The bones are estimated to be over 11,000 years old, and the discovery helped geologists determine that the Atlantic Ocean was once connected to Lake Champlain.

Rounds was inspired to write a story about ‘Charlotte’ after realizing how fascinating the discovery of fossils in Vermont would be for her class. She used the local discovery of ‘Charlotte’ in her classroom fossils unit to help the kids connect to how fossils help us teach so much more than just what kind of animal they belonged to so long ago.

Join Rounds, and Alison Carver, illustrator of Charlotte’s Bones on August 7th from noon-4 pm for a book launch party on the Charlotte Beach, hosted by The Flying Pig. Enjoy a read aloud and learn about Vermont’s state fossil.

Erin Rounds is is a mom and a fourth-grade ELA and social studies teacher. A writer since grade school, she strives to teach her students to find and share their stories, because you never know what you might find when you dig deep and stop to observe what lies beneath. Charlotte’s Bones is her first published work.

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