Daily Archives: April 12, 2010

The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

Earth Day is coming up soon and the latest Magic School Bus science picture book, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge is an engaging and informative book for teachers to bring into the classroom for Earth Day lessons.

In the past I’ve used many of the titles in this series in the classroom, and they really do offer quite a lot of science content with just the right degree of sophistication for a younger audience. This latest installment in the nonfiction series is an excellent intro to the science of global warming, with the science woven nicely into another wacky adventure with the Friz. It’s familiar territory, but it works and it should please kids who are science buffs and fans of the Magic School Bus gang too.

I’d say the most engaging aspect of the text is the design, the way that a lot of info is conveyed on every page. There are inserts and sidebars, mini-comics, maps and diagrams. Each spread is packed with things to look at:

Most kids enjoy having so much choice in what to look at, and this book offers that kind of reading experience, a bit like reading a science magazine that has lots of graphics and text boxes everywhere. There is a website devoted to the series, with activities and more information on all sorts of science topics. On April 20th, author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degen will be joining Ms. Frizzle to celebrate Earth Day and to discuss their new book at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. Readers may tune in for a webcast on Tuesday, April 20th at 1pm ET / 10am PT. Simply register online, and join in on the 20th. Visit http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbuswebcast to register.

The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge is published by Scholastic Press.