Joanna Cole, whose Magic School Bus books where a part of the childhood of so many has passed away at the age of 75. Her books transported millions of young people on extraordinary and educational adventures. Cole, a resident of Sioux City, Iowa, passed away on Sunday due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Dick Robinson, the Scholastic chairman, and CEO said in a statement, “Joanna Cole had the perfect touch for blending science and story. Joanna’s books, packed with equal parts humor and information, made science both easy to understand and fun for the hundreds of millions of children around the world who read her books and watched the award-winning television series”.
With the ever maddening but inspired Ms. Frizzle leading her students on journeys that explored everything from the solar system to underwater, Magic School Bus books have sold tens of millions of copies and were the basis for a popular animated TV series and a Netflix series.
A lifelong fan of science, Cole was a native of Newark, New Jersey, and a graduate of the City College of New York who worked as a children’s librarian and magazine editor before The Magic School Bus. She is survived by her husband Phil; daughter Rachel Cole and her husband, John Helms; grandchildren, Annabelle and William, and her sister Virginia McBride.