The Magic School Bus is a children's book series written and illustrated by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, respectively, used to teach varying science subjects to their young readers. The books began coming out in 1986 and the most recent came out in 2010.
The books star the eccentric elementary school teacher named Ms. Frizzle and her class, which is standard size in the books and shrunk to 8 in the animated series. In each story, she takes them on "highly unusual" (to quote Arnold) field trips to various locations including inside the human body, beneath the Earth's crust, the far reaches of outer space, and other locations that would normally be impossible to visit. These trips are courtesy of her special shape-shifting school bus which they use to reach those locations.
Each book always ends with a page that separates fact from fiction, as they always use fantasy to teach real world scientific concepts. In the television adaptation, this was replaced by the Producer Says segment at the end of each episode, in which the producer (voiced by Malcolm-Jamal Warner of The Cosby Show) receives phone calls from kids complaining about how some things that happened on the show couldn't do so in real life.
- The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks (published in 1986)
- The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (published in 1987)
- The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body (published in 1989)
- The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System (published in 1990)
- The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor (published in 1992)
- The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs (published in 1994)
- The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane (published in 1995)
- The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive (published in 1996)
- The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip (published in 1998)
- The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses (published in 1999)
- The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition (published in 2006)
- The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge (published in 2010)