The Magic School Bus Speaks Spanish, Too

By Lina Younes

The Magic School Bus books have provided amazing educational experiences for children of all ages. For almost 25 years, this book series has explored interesting adventures and field trips featuring Ms. Frizzle and her class aboard the Magic School Bus. Several years ago, EPA and Scholastic, Inc. came together to create a new book in the series focusing on important environmental health topics and the need to reduce children’s exposure to diesel exhaust from diesel school buses. Just this week, the Agency and Scholastic joined forces again to issue the Spanish version of the book, The Magic School Bus Gets a Clean Up (El Autobús Mágico necesita una limpieza). Through this Spanish-language resource, the Agency hopes to educate the millions of Americans who speak Spanish as their primary language at home while educating them about clean air.

I’ve always been fascinated how children’s books are increasingly focusing on subjects that make science fun. Lately, I’ve found more books that are engaging children in environmental education issues at a very early age. Just like the Magic School Bus series, these books cover great messages on clean air, clean water, recycling and other issues in an entertaining manner. I like the way how children can learn about these key environmental issues without even realizing that they are learning in the process.

The sooner you instill the love of reading in your children the better. Have you found any good reading material for children lately? Would love to hear from you with any book recommendations.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves as acting associate director for environmental education. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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