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Joanna Cole

Joanna Cole has taught elementary school, worked with a news magazine, and was for several years a senior editor of children’s books. Today she is a full-time author writing for children. Among the dozens of highly praised children’s books she has written are The Magic School Bus books. She has compiled numerous anthologies, including several with Stephanie Calmenson. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.


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Best-Loved Folktales of the World
Written by Joanna Cole
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 1983
$21.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-18949-1 (0-385-18949-4)

This collection of over two hundred folk and fairy tales from all over the world is the only edition that encompasses all cultures. Arranged geographically by region—West and East Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia, and Northern Europe, Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, North America, the Carribean and West Indies, and Central... Read more

Hungry, Hungry Sharks!
Written by Joanna Cole, Illustrated by Patricia Wynne
Random House Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | April 1986
$3.99/4.99(Canada) | 978-0-394-87471-5 (0-394-87471-4)

Did you know that there were sharks on earth even before dinosaurs? For more than twenty years, Hungry, Hungry Sharks! has been a staple nonfiction title in the Step into Reading line. Nothing is more exciting than sharks, and this title is packed with amazing facts about these fearsome underseas predators... Read more

The Missing Tooth
Written by Joanna Cole
Random House Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | November 1988
$3.99/4.99(Canada) | 978-0-394-89279-5 (0-394-89279-8)

Illus. in full color. "Best friends Robby and Arlo dress alike and do most of the same things. However, their friendship is in jeopardy over a bet about who will lose the next tooth. Realistic, humorous illustrations provide ample reading clues on every page. Should encourage emerging readers to flex their... Read more

Norma Jean, Jumping Bean
Written by Joanna Cole
Random House Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | April 1987
$3.99/4.99(Canada) | 978-0-394-88668-8 (0-394-88668-2)

Illus. in full color. "Kangaroo child Norma Jean loves to jump. The problem is that her jumping gets out of hand, causing accidents and some ruffled feelings among her friends, and Norma stops her jumping entirely. But when the school's field-day games come up, Norma Jean is coaxed back into action... Read more

Ready, Set, Read!
Written by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson
Doubleday Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | September 1990
$19.95/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-41416-6 (0-385-41416-1)

Created especially for children who are learning  to read, this anthology contains renowned works  with some of the best-loved characters in children's  literature--including Else Holmelund Minarik and  Maurice Sendak's Little Bear, Arnold Lobel's Frog  and Toad, and the madcap creations of Dr. Seuss.  Also included is poetry by Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore  and Gwendolyn Brooks; as well as... Read more

Spider's Lunch
Written by Joanna Cole, Illustrated by Ron Broda
Penguin Young Readers | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$3.99/4.99(Canada) | 978-0-448-40223-9 (0-448-40223-8)

Level 2. This introduction to the arachnid world explains how a hungry garden spider obtains food by building a web and patiently waiting to catch something tasty. Read more

You Can't Smell a Flower with Your Ear!
Written by Joanna Cole, Illustrated by Mavis Smith
Penguin Young Readers | Trade Paperback | May 1994
$3.99/4.99(Canada) | 978-0-448-40469-1 (0-448-40469-9)

Level Four

How can your tongue tell a sweet taste from a sour one? How do your ears know which way a sound is coming from? Find out in this sense-sational nonfiction book! Read more