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Joanna Cole

Joanna Cole

Born
Newark,

I discovered in the fifth grade that I enjoyed explaining things and writing reports for school. I had a teacher who was a little like Ms. Frizzle. She loved her subject. Every week she had a child do an experiment in front of the room, and I always wanted to be that child. Grade school was very important to me maybe that's why I ended up writing books for children as an adult.After graduating from college, I worked as an elementary-school teacher, a librarian, a children's book editor, and a writer. My first book was Cockroaches. An article in the Wall Street Journal inspired me to do some research. I discovered that there had never been a children's book written about cockroaches before. So I thought, why not? Plus, I had ample time to study that creature in my low-budget New York apartment!Since then I have written both nonfiction and fiction books for children. In my science books, including The Magic School Bus books, I write about ideas, rather than just the facts. I try to ask a question, such as how do scientists guess what dinosaurs were like? Then I try to answer the question as I write the book.Writing is hard work, but it's the greatest fun in the world.

There are 63 books by Joanna Cole
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
ISBN:
9780590414296

A first-class introduction to the planets. School Library Journal, starred review - SLJ Best...

The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
ISBN:
9780590407601

Ms. Frizzle, the wackiest, wisest teacher in picture books returns to teach geology via a field...

The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses
ISBN:
9780590446983

In preparation for singing a song about the five senses at a PTA meeting, Ms. Frizzle's class...

The Magic School Bus Science Chapter Books - #02 The Search for the Missing Bones
ISBN:
9780439107990

These books combine fun stories with neat facts, humor, and illustrations. Based on the best-...

The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive
ISBN:
9780590257213

Cole and Degen continue their collaboration with gusto and intelligence to create a fine...

The Magic School Bus:The Whale and the Watch
ISBN:
9780439109901
Hi- i'm Wanda - one of the kids in Ms Frizzle's class. You've probably heard of Ms Frizzle. She...
The Magic School Bus: The Great Shark Escape
ISBN:
9780439204217
Hi- i'm Arnold - one of the kids in Ms Frizzle's class. I knew we were in deep when Ms Frizzle...
The Magic School Bus: Amazing Magnetism
ISBN:
9780439314329
Hi- i'm Dorothy Ann - one of the kids in Ms Frizzle's class. I know Ms Frizzle thinks of weird ways...
The Magic School Bus# Rocky Road Trip
ISBN:
9780439560535
Hi- i'm Carlos - one of the kids in Ms Frizzle's class. When I brought my mystery rock to school- I...
The Magic School Bus: In The Arctic
ISBN:
9780590187244
Uh-oh- Arnold's hot cocoa has turned in to cold cocoa! Where did the heat go? Ms Frizzle knows a...
The Magic School Bus# In a Pickle
ISBN:
9780590393774
Keesh'a prize-winning cucumber has been stolen- and a pickle has been left in its place. Keesha...
The Magic School Bus: Gets Cold Feet
ISBN:
9780590397247
Liz- the class lizard- is missing! Even her habitat is gone! Where did she go? Is she in some sort...
The Magic School Bus: Hops Home
ISBN:
9780590484138
Oh no- Wanda's best friend- Bella the Bullfrog- is missing! The class wants to help look for her....
The Magic School Bus: Gets Eaten
ISBN:
9780590484145
It's a beach day- and the whole class is excited. Everyone except Arnold and Keesha- that is. They...
The Magic School Bus: Makes a Rainbow
ISBN:
9780590922517
The class finds Ms Frizzle inside her closet playing pinball! But this is no ordinary pinball...
Magic School Bus: Lost In The Snow (Level - 2)
ISBN:
9780439569903
Ms. Frizzle’s class wants to see snow, so they go on a field trip. But the kids get lost. How...
Magic School Bus: Out Of This World - A Book About Space Rocks
ISBN:
9780590921565

A huge space rock is heading toward Walker Elementary. There’s only one way Ms. Frizzle and...

Magic School Bus: Takes A Dive - A Book About Coral Reefs
ISBN:
9780590187237
Wanda has no interest in helping her partner, D. A. with the class coral reef project, but she...
The Magic School Bus Has A Heart (Level - 2)
ISBN:
9780439684026
Mr. Frizzle's class is learning about the heart . They are going to see a movie, but they end up on...
The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition
ISBN:
9780590108249
It's the 20th Anniversary of The Magic School Bus! Celebrate this groundbreaking series with the...
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge - Audio
ISBN:
9780545434256
Trust the bestselling science series of all time to get down to the facts on global warming, so...
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge - Audio Library Edition
ISBN:
9780545434263
Trust the bestselling science series of all time to get down to the facts on global warming, so...
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge
ISBN:
9780545655996
Trust the bestselling science series of all time to get down to the facts on global warming, so...
The Magic School Bus And The Climate Challenge
ISBN:
9780590108263
Trust the bestselling science series of all time to get down to the facts on global warming, so...
The Magic School Bus At The Waterworks
ISBN:
9780590403603
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus Science Chapter Book #6: The Giant Germ
ISBN:
9780439204200
Learn all about germs when Ms. Frizzle's class takes another exciting field trip! Ms. Frizzle takes...
The Magic School Bus In The Time Of The Dinosaurs
ISBN:
9780590446891
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus And The Electric Field Trip
ISBN:
9780590446839
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System
ISBN:
9780590414296
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus Inside A Beehive
ISBN:
9780590257213
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurricane
ISBN:
9780590446877
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus On The Ocean Floor
ISBN:
9780590414319
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus Inside The Human Body
ISBN:
9780590414272
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses
ISBN:
9780590446983
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor - Audio
ISBN:
9780545227513
The bestselling science series ever is now available on audio! Format: Paperback book & CD...
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor - Audio Library Edition
ISBN:
9780545227599
The bestselling science series ever is now available on audio! Format: Paperback book & CD...
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Audio Library Edition
ISBN:
9780545223379
The bestselling science series ever is now available on audio! FORMAT: Paperback book & CD...
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body - Audio
ISBN:
9780545240833
The bestselling science series ever is now available on audio! FORMAT: Paperback book & CD...
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body - Audio Library Edition
ISBN:
9780545240864
The bestselling science series ever is now available on audio! FORMAT: Paperback book & CD...
The Magic School Bus Inside The Earth
ISBN:
9780590407601
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus...
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Audio
ISBN:
9780545220880
The bestselling science series ever is now available on audio! FORMAT: Paperback book & CD...
The Magic School Bus in the Time of Dinosaurs - Audio
ISBN:
9780545434157
A new Read Along audio program in the bestselling Magic School Bus series! FORMAT: paperback book...
The Magic School Bus in the Time of Dinosaurs - Audio Library Edition
ISBN:
9780545434232
A new Read Along audio edition of a bestselling Magic School Bus title! FORMAT: paperback book...
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth - Audio Library Edition
ISBN:
9780545396981
When studying rocks, the Friz knows it's best to go directly to the source! Narrator: Polly Adams...
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth - Audio
ISBN:
9780545396677
When studying rocks, the Friz knows it's best to go directly to the source! NARRATOR: Polly Adams...
Lost In The Snow
ISBN:
9780439569903
Based upon the bestselling book series and the award-winning TV show, Magic School Bus Scholastic...
Magic School Bus: Dinosaur Rescue
ISBN:
9780545497541
The Magic School Bus goes back in time to learn about dinosaurs! Perfect for young fans of the...
The Magic School Bus Goes Upstream
ISBN:
9780590922326
A book about salmon migration, from the animated television series on the Learning Channel.
The Great Shark Escape
ISBN:
9780439204217
Inside The Earth
ISBN:
9780590727822
The Penguin Puzzle
ISBN:
9780439204224
The Magic School Bus In A Pickle
ISBN:
9780590393775
ISBN:
9555717700770

The Magic School Bus (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) develops beginning readers with vocabulary and...

ISBN:
9555717700848

The Magic School Bus (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) develops beginning readers with vocabulary and...

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Born: 
Newark,
Bio: 

I discovered in the fifth grade that I enjoyed explaining things and writing reports for school. I had a teacher who was a little like Ms. Frizzle. She loved her subject. Every week she had a child do an experiment in front of the room, and I always wanted to be that child. Grade school was very important to me maybe that's why I ended up writing books for children as an adult.After graduating from college, I worked as an elementary-school teacher, a librarian, a children's book editor, and a writer. My first book was Cockroaches. An article in the Wall Street Journal inspired me to do some research. I discovered that there had never been a children's book written about cockroaches before. So I thought, why not? Plus, I had ample time to study that creature in my low-budget New York apartment!Since then I have written both nonfiction and fiction books for children. In my science books, including The Magic School Bus books, I write about ideas, rather than just the facts. I try to ask a question, such as how do scientists guess what dinosaurs were like? Then I try to answer the question as I write the book.Writing is hard work, but it's the greatest fun in the world.

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