We’re a unit study and lapbooking family. We love to take a week, two weeks, even a month to explore a topic. We have used the Magic School Bus series to shape our units from the beginning. As a matter of fact, we spent one entire year doing science units that centered around the Magic School Bus books and there are still more left to do! With 5 children at my house this series is bound to have a book to interest each of them. Here is our home library of Magic School Bus books.
There are several book series available now. The classic series consists of 10 books covering topics from the 5 senses to bees, space to dinosaurs. Note: The books are not from a Christian viewpoint, and as such you will come across references to ‘millions of years’, but these information packed books provide a great opportunity to discuss your beliefs with your children on such topics when you feel they are ready. My 4 year old Emma’s favorite book in the Classic series is The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body, which takes you on a digestive system adventure. Most of my children can tell you all the parts of the digestive system thanks to this one. It is presented like an amusement park ride, so it is pretty easy to remember. 5 year old Joseph’s pick would be The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth. He loves when the bus turns into this giant drill and tunnels into the earth. This books was also his first introduction to caves. After reading this one he really enjoyed watching the caves episode on Planet Earth.
The Magic School Bus was made into a series for television, some of which is now available on DVD. This series spawned 31 more books, the TV books. Topics covered include:
- The Water Cycle
- And Many More!
Our favorite book in this group is hard to pick. My 2 year old Daniel’s favorite is The Magic School Going Batty.
There are 6 books in the Liz series, centered around the class lizard’s adventures. Liz Looks for a Home is our favorite in this set. There are even Magic School Bus easy readers, including one we used when studying dentists and teeth called The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth.
Our favorite set is the Magic School Bus chapter books. There are 20 books in this set. Some cover topics from earlier books, like space or dinosaurs, but these chapter books are filled with information beyond the other series’. We loved The Search for the Missing Bones, which we used to learn the major bones of the human body. We use these as a read aloud during a unit. Makayla, at age 8, has read all the Magic School Bus books and narrowed her favorites down to two. The Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad from the TV series is all about decomposition. Her favorite from the chapter books is Penguin Puzzle, where the bus ends up in Antarctica.
There are many other Magic School Bus Resources available, including computer games, DVDs, and the official website. On the website you will find:
- games to play
- coloring pages to print
- guided tours that combine games videos and quizzes
- more than 30 science experiments to try
- a section for parents and teachers with themed lesson plans
Take a field trip from your home with any of the Magic School Bus library!
Written by Tristan, mom to 5, homeschooling through unit studies with a side of lapbooks. You can visit her at her blog, Our Busy Homeschool.