Books for Children: The Magic School Bus Classics

Another favourite series of books we love is the Magic School Bus. Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen, the Magic School Bus takes children on wild and exciting field trips to learn all about the world around them. This series of books is intended for children age 4 and up and is a great way to nurture their budding curiosity about science and nature.

The Magic School Bus Books fall under five categories:

Titles in the original Classics Series:

MSB OceanThe Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor

Description: 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!

 

MSB BeeThe Magic School Bus Inside a Bee Hive

Description: When the Magic School Bus turns into a beehive, Ms. Frizzle’s class learns firsthand about how workers, drones, and the queen bees live together. Readers will be abuzz with knowledge as they discover how honeybees find food; make a comb, honey, and beeswax; and care for their young, all from the bee’s perspective.

 

MSB Solar SystemThe Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System

Description: The fieldtrip to the planetarium is foiled when the museum turns out to be closed, but Ms. Frizzle saves the day. The Magic School Bus turns into a spaceship and takes the class on a trip zooming through the atmosphere, to the Moon, and beyond! With up-to-date facts about the solar system, revised for this edition.

 

MSB Human BodyThe Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body

Description: Arnold has swallowed the Magic School Bus! Now, instead of seeing an exhibit of the human body at a museum, the class is taking a look at Arnold’s stomach, his intestines, his bloodstream, and more from the inside on this heart-stopping fieldtrip – one the reluctant Arnold would be happy to miss.


MSB EarthThe Magic School Bus Inside the Earth

Description: 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!


MSB HurricaneThe Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane

Description: 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?

 

MSB ScienceThe Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition

Description: What do Galileo, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and Albert Einstein have in common? They’ve all ridden on the Magic School Bus, of course!

Ms. Frizzle is back in action and she has a mission: her students need science fair projects – and fast. What better way to get ideas than to learn from some of the all-time greats? The class heads to the Walkerville Science Museum to see the exhibit on GREAT SCIENTISTS THROUGH THE AGES, where, suddenly, Galileo comes to life! He is about to make a great discovery, but he needs a ride home. Thank goodness Ms. Frizzle knows the way!

MSB DinosaursThe Magic School Bus in the Time of Dinosaurs

Description: 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.


MSB SensesThe Magic School Bus Explores the Senses

Description: 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.


MSB WaterThe Magic School Bus at the Waterworks

Description: 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.


MSB ElectricThe Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip

Description: 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.


MSB ClimateThe Magic School Bus and the Climate Change

Description: 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!

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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