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Joanna Cole (1944–2020)

Author of The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

291+ Works 60,485 Members 804 Reviews 5 Favorited

About the Author

Joanna Cole was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 11, 1944. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Indiana University, and City College of New York where she earned a degree in Psychology. Ms. Cole has worked as an elementary school teacher, a librarian, and a children's book editor. As a show more child, she loved science and explaining things and this is why she started writing children's books. She writes fiction and non-fiction titles. Her most well-known series are the Magic School Bus and the "Body." Cole's books have received a number of honors. A Horse's Body and A Snake's Body were both named Outstanding Science Trade Books for children by the joint committee of the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. In 1982, A Snake's Body was named a Children's Choice Book by the joint committee of the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council. Both A Cat's Body and A Bird's Body were Junior Literary Guild selections. In 1991, she was awarded the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction award. Joanna Cole, who wrote over 250 books for children, died on July 12, 2020 at the age of 75. 030 (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Many "Magic School Bus" books based on the TV series are in fact written by other authors, based on the ideas of Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen.

Series

Works by Joanna Cole

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System (1990) 5,032 copies, 73 reviews
The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body (1989) 4,923 copies, 81 reviews
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (1987) 4,675 copies, 45 reviews
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor (1992) 4,264 copies, 54 reviews
The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks (1986) 4,174 copies, 36 reviews
The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs (1994) 3,275 copies, 37 reviews
The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane (1995) 2,832 copies, 33 reviews
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive (1996) 2,405 copies, 29 reviews
The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip (1997) 1,924 copies, 31 reviews
The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses (1999) 1,814 copies, 44 reviews
Hungry, Hungry Sharks (1986) 1,805 copies, 15 reviews
Field Trip Facts: Notes From Ms. Frizzle's Kids (2007) 1,326 copies, 7 reviews
I'm a Big Sister (1997) 1,152 copies, 33 reviews
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Snow (2004) 1,039 copies, 2 reviews
I'm a Big Brother (1997) 977 copies, 24 reviews
Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes (1989) 961 copies, 8 reviews
The Magic School Bus Takes a Moonwalk (2007) 880 copies, 7 reviews
The Missing Tooth (1988) 841 copies, 8 reviews
Best-Loved Folktales of the World (1982) 801 copies, 4 reviews
Norma Jean, Jumping Bean (1987) 720 copies, 8 reviews
Ancient Egypt (Ms. Frizzle's Adventures) (2001) 692 copies, 15 reviews
The Magic School Bus Flies from the Nest (2005) 620 copies, 1 review
Imperial China (2005) 566 copies, 11 reviews
Bony-Legs (1983) 533 copies, 12 reviews
Medieval Castle (Ms. Frizzle's Adventures) (2002) 453 copies, 3 reviews
Six Sick Sheep: 101 Tongue Twisters (1993) 444 copies, 3 reviews
The Magic School Bus Looking for Liz (1995) 411 copies, 3 reviews
Monster Manners (1996) 397 copies, 3 reviews
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge (2010) 379 copies, 17 reviews
Bully Trouble (1989) 327 copies, 2 reviews
My Puppy Is Born (1973) 311 copies, 6 reviews
Ready... Set... Read!: The Beginning Reader's Treasury (1990) — Editor — 310 copies, 3 reviews
Spider's Lunch: All About Garden Spiders (1995) 273 copies, 2 reviews
This is the Place for Me (1986) 266 copies, 2 reviews
Dinosaur Story (1974) 237 copies, 1 review
Plants in Winter (1972) 221 copies, 1 review
How You Were Born (1984) 210 copies, 3 reviews
It's too noisy! (1989) 201 copies, 17 reviews
The New Baby at Your House (1985) 172 copies, 9 reviews
My Big Boy Potty (2000) 154 copies, 4 reviews
The Gator Girls (1995) 151 copies, 2 reviews
A New Treasury of Children's Poetry (1984) 144 copies, 1 review
The Magic School Bus Gets All Fired Up (1999) 136 copies, 1 review
Your Insides (1992) 130 copies
The Clown-Arounds Go On Vacation (1983) 126 copies, 1 review
A Gift from Saint Francis: The First Creche (1989) 122 copies, 1 review
How I Was Adopted (Mulberry Books) (1995) 122 copies, 12 reviews
My Big Girl Potty (2000) — Author — 121 copies, 10 reviews
Rockin Reptiles (1997) 115 copies
Scary Book (1991) 108 copies
Cars and How They Go (1983) 101 copies, 1 review
Evolution (1987) 82 copies, 3 reviews
The Read-Aloud Treasury (1988) 82 copies, 3 reviews
When You Were Inside Mommy (2001) 76 copies, 8 reviews
Don't Tell the Whole World! (1990) 75 copies
Buster Cat Goes Out (1989) 68 copies
The Clown-Arounds (1981) 67 copies
The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series (2012) — Creator — 62 copies, 1 review
A Snake's Body (1981) 59 copies
No Puppies Today! (1989) 58 copies, 1 review
On the Bus with Joanna Cole (1996) 53 copies, 3 reviews
Sharing Is Fun (2004) 50 copies, 13 reviews
My New Kitten (1995) 50 copies, 1 review
My Friend the Doctor (2005) — Author — 49 copies, 7 reviews
Monster Movie (Lucky Star) (1987) 41 copies
Your New Potty (1989) 41 copies, 1 review
Marbles: 101 Ways to Play (1998) 41 copies
When Mommy and Daddy Go to Work (2001) 39 copies, 7 reviews
Gator Halloween (1999) 38 copies
Monster Valentines (1990) 37 copies
Animal Sleepyheads: 1 to 10 (1988) 36 copies
An Insect's Body (1984) 36 copies
A Fish Hatches (1978) 32 copies
The Magic School Bus: Human Body [3 TV Episodes] (2005) — Writer — 31 copies
A Bird's Body (1982) 30 copies
A Frog's Body (1709) 25 copies, 1 review
A Chick Hatches (1976) 24 copies, 1 review
A Cat's Body (1982) 23 copies
The Magic School Bus (1997) 23 copies, 1 review
Get Well, Gators! (1998) 20 copies, 1 review
Parents Book of Toilet Teaching (1986) 20 copies, 2 reviews
The Magic School Bus: Holiday Special [3 TV Episodes] (2002) — Creator — 19 copies, 1 review
A Dog's Body (1986) 19 copies
Riding Silver Star (1996) 17 copies
A Pocketful of Laughs (1995) 17 copies
Doctor Change (1986) 14 copies, 1 review
A Horse's Body (1981) 10 copies
Tons of Fun (1996) 10 copies
A Calf Is Born (1975) 9 copies, 1 review
Cockroaches (1971) 7 copies
The Magic School Bus: Season 1 (2015) — Creator — 7 copies
The Magic School Bus: Season 2 (2015) — Creator — 6 copies
The Magic School Bus: Season 4 (2015) — Creator — 6 copies
The Magic School Bus: For Lunch [1994 TV Episode] (1994) — Creator — 6 copies
The Magic School Bus: Season 3 (2015) — Creator — 5 copies
Homes 5 copies
Fleas (1974) 4 copies
Promo/spiders lunch (2000) 4 copies
Find the Hidden Insect (1979) 4 copies
The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten [1994 TV Episode] (1994) — Creator — 3 copies
Les Requins (1986) 2 copies
Qui mange qui? 2 copies
Peter Bull 1 copy
The Midwife 1 copy
Black, Brown, and Gray (1982) 1 copy
Lazy Jack (1982) 1 copy
The Boggart 1 copy
Tom Tit Tot 1 copy
Bastianelo 1 copy
Crab 1 copy
The Secret Box (1971) 1 copy
Maid Lena 1 copy
C'est Halloween ! (2000) 1 copy
Les Croco-filles (1998) 1 copy

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This book explains adoption to young children. Through simple language and colorful illustrations, the book explores different types of families and highlights the love and care that are central to adoption. It reassures children that being adopted is a special way of becoming part of a family and celebrates the diversity of family structures.
Age 4-5+
South Hill Public Library
 
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adrienneasaeli1222 | 11 other reviews | Jun 10, 2024 |
This book is an exciting and educational adventure that follows Ms. Frizzle and her students on a field trip through the solar system. As they explore the planets and moons, readers learn about the unique features and characteristics of each celestial body. The book's engaging narrative and detailed illustrations make complex scientific concepts accessible and fun for young learners. In the classroom, this book can be used to introduce students to astronomy and the structure of the solar system. Teachers can create activities such as creating models of the solar system, writing reports on the planets, or discussing space exploration and its impact on our understanding of the universe.… (more)
 
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leeyaath | 72 other reviews | May 1, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Level p
Award: 1995 Garden State Children's Book Award -- Children's Nonfiction (Winner)
 
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lprince83 | 53 other reviews | Apr 30, 2024 |
The magic school bus is a very well known and loved book series by this author. Growing up, I read all the magic school bus books and watched the TV show. I wanted to be a teacher as a kid because of the main character Ms. Frizzle who is a teacher.
 
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Brian Meehl Screenwriter
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Jared Lee Illustrator
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Mort Künstler Illustrator
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Stuart Stone Performer
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Tyne Daly Actor
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Statistics

Works
291
Also by
4
Members
60,485
Popularity
#240
Rating
4.1
Reviews
804
ISBNs
967
Languages
12
Favorited
5

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