What's The Magic School Bus About

The classic title that started the award-winning series! Join Ms. Frizzle and her students as they follow the trail of water, from its sky-high source to the school bathroom sink on this wet and wild fieldtrip. After parking the school bus on a cloud and shrinking to raindrop size, Ms. Frizzle’s class gets to see the waterworks from the water’s point of view.

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Who Wrote The The Magic School Bus Books

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Joanna Cole

Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I’m a Big Brother, I’m a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.

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Bruce Degan View Author

Who Illustrated The The Magic School Bus Books

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Bruce Degen

Bruce Degen has illustrated all the Jesse Bear books. He is the author and illustrator of Jamberry, and the illustrator of the acclaimed Magic School Bus series. He has taught courses on art and the writing and illustrating of children’s books to children and adults. Mr. Degen, his wife, and their two sons, Benjamin and Alexander, live in Connecticut in a renovated farmhouse with ducks on the pond, bats in the barn, and a family tree that Jesse Bear himself would love to climb.

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The Magic School Bus At The Waterworks - Book #1
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The classic title that started the award-winning series! Join Ms. Frizzle and her students as they follow the trail of water, from its sky-high source to the school bathroom sink on this wet and wild fieldtrip. After parking the school bus on a cloud and shrinking to raindrop size, Ms. Frizzle’s class gets to see the waterworks from the water’s point of view.

The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth - Book #2
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rock collecting has never been quite like this! When the class forgets to do its homework, a fieldtrip through the Earth’s crust, into the center of the Earth, and out through a volcano will teach them not to forget their assignments again - and then some!

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body book
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The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body - Book #3
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A special field trip on the magic school bus allows Ms. Frizzle’s class to get a first-hand look at major parts of the body and how they work.

The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System book
3.8
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Book #4
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle’s class goes into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system.

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor - Book #5
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Ms. Frizzle drives the Magic School Bus full speed ahead into the ocean, the class takes a submarine expedition that’s anything but ordinary. With a well-meaning lifeguard in tow, the class takes a deep breath and learns about hot water vents, coral reefs, plant and animal life on the ocean floor, and more!

The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs - Book #6
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine and transports the class back millions of years to an adventure where they learn about dinosaurs, their habitats and diets, and even a Maiasaura nesting ground.

The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurricane - Book #7
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Count on Ms. Frizzle to teach anything but an ordinary lesson on meteorology. Flying through the clouds in the Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle’s class experiences a hurricane-and even a tornado-firsthand. During their thrilling ride through the sky, Arnold gets lost! Will the Friz be able to save the day this time?

The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive book
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The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive - Book #8
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a fieldtrip to a beehive in her magic school bus.

The Magic School Bus And The Electric Field Trip - Book #9
Written by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan & illustrated by Bruce Degan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Small enough to squeeze through power lines, Ms. Frizzle’s class learns how electric current travels through the town, lights up a light bulb, heats up a toaster, and runs an electric motor. Fans of the Magic School Bus won’t be left behind by this simple and informative introduction to the generation and distribution of electricity.

The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses - Book #10
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On a most sense-sational trip that takes them through an eye, an ear, a tongue, and even a dog’s nose, Ms. Frizzle’s class learns about the senses. Using their trademark sense of humor, Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen provide facts about the senses in both the human and animal worlds.

The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition - Book #11
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

It’s the 20th Anniversary of The Magic School Bus! Celebrate this groundbreaking series with the Friz’s class as they meet some of history’s greatest minds and learn what it takes to be a scientist.

The Magic School Bus And The Climate Challenge - Book #12
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Trust the bestselling science series of all time to get down to the facts on global warming, so kids can understand the crisis - and how they can help solve it.

Like it or not, global warming is a hot topic, and it will affect the younger generation the most. So why not turn to the teacher kids like the most, Ms. Frizzle! Only the Friz can boil all the hoopla down to the scientific facts in a fun and informative way. With trademark simplicity and wit, Joanna Cole explains why the earth is getting warmer, and Bruce Degen’s bright, action-filled illustrations make the science easy to understand and fun to learn. This team brings a new, improved understanding to climate change, engaging kids and empowering all. Teachers will cheer!

The Magic School Bus Explores Human Evolution - Book #13
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Arnold wishes he had more information for his family tree, Ms. Frizzle revs up the Magic School Bus and the class zooms back to prehistoric times. First stop: 3.5 billion years ago!

There aren’t any people around to ask for directions. Luckily Ms. Frizzle has a plan, and the class is right there to watch simple cells become sponges and then fish and dinosaurs, then mammals and early primates and, eventually, modern humans. It’s the longest class trip ever!

This is the story of a species, of our species, as only Ms. Frizzle can tell it. Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen tackle this essential topic with the insight and humor that have made the Magic School Bus the bestselling science series of all time.

Hop on board for a class trip that spans billions of lifetimes!

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