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It may be the zoo, a science museum, an art exhibit or a natural wonder — but a field trip is always an adventure! Even if you're not boarding a school bus, you can still take a trip through a book. Take a look at the ones recommended here. Get whisked away on that magic school bus called reading!
Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo

By: Eric Carle
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Count the animals on their way to the zoo! From one elephant to ten birds, colorful creatures are presented in Carle's signature style as they board the train.

Emeline at the Circus

By: Marjorie Priceman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

For Ms. Splinter, the second grade field trip to the circus provides a chance for serious learning. Not so for inquisitive, bold Emeline who explores the circus in unforgettable ways to the delight of the other students and to her teacher's horror. Humor abounds, and watercolor and line illustrations complement the understated, surprisingly informative text.

Going Places

By: Todd Parr
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

How you get to your destination is half the fun. This sturdy book glimpses ways we travel, using real and imaginary modes of transportation — like an airplane or a magic carpet. Simple language and flatly colored, child-like illustrations make this appropriate to share with the youngest reader.

How Big Were the Dinosaurs?

By: Bernard Most
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Dinosaurs are endlessly fascinating. Perhaps because it is hard to imagine giant lizards roaming the earth. In simple illustrations and straightforward text, the size of dinosaurs is related to more familiar things, so that children can picture this prehistoric time. Before embarking on a museum field trip, start kids thinking about how big dinosaurs were!

Iris and Walter and the Field Trip

By: Elissa Haden Guest
Illustrated by: Christine Davenier
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Ms. Cherry's class goes on a field trip, the children are reminded to stay together and with their partner. But the aquarium intrigues Walter until he becomes separated from the group. His friend Iris and the rest of the class find Walter, who remains oblivious to all except the aquarium. Brief text and cheery illustrations keep the tone light while introducing a very engaging field trip destination.

Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane

By: Joanna Cole
Illustrated by: Bruce Degen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

If only every child could have a teacher like Ms. Frizzle, every field trip would be unforgettable! Here, the kids get the inside scoop on hurricanes by going into its eye in their school bus (turned weather plane) to learn how hurricanes form and to experience their power. There's an extra bit of drama when Arnold becomes separated from the class, but is happily reunited.

Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip with Kindergarten

By: Joseph Slate
Illustrated by: Ashley Wolff
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The capable canine kindergarten teacher leads her class (also animals) on a field trip around the community to meet its helpers. The rhyming text and crisp illustrations make this a delightful book for young children. Readers can also search for hidden shapes found during this well chaperoned tour.

Museum Trip

By: Barbara Lehman
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When a boy in a red sweatshirt lags behind his classmates on a field trip to an art museum, he discovers a group of maze pictures. Amazingly, he finds himself small enough to go into the labyrinths — and out again with a medal. Was his adventure real or imagined? Once reunited with his class, he still has his medal, so who's to say? Crisp images tell the entire story without words.

My Kindergarten

By: Rosemary Wells
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Introduce young readers to a kindergarten filled with activities and great fun, from making a museum of treasured objects to celebrating holidays. Current kindergarteners will draw connections to their own experience in school, and younger children will look forward to their turn.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

By: Michael Rosen
Illustrated by: Helen Oxenbury
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A father and his four children share an adventure through fields, over rivers and more. They go — and hastily return with a lumbering bear chasing them! Language lilts and repeats as the adventure unfolds, enhanced by clever illustrations.

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