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Ok, this may seem like a dumb question. Is Magic Schoolbus fiction or non-fiction? It has elements of both genres in it, and I don't know what to write on my book bin labels (I'm working on my classroom library.) Should it be classified as something else? I'm so confused...


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I took the cue from Beth Newingham and called them "Science Fiction". They're fiction, but include science-y elements.
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I also struggled with those and what I finally decided to do was group them in with my science collection since I have only used them with science lessons.

I know they are fiction, but this one I figured I would put it to the area we used it in.
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Narrative Nonfiction. They have lots of the elements of nonfiction, but are told in context of a story.
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This is a great question, not dumb at all. It always confused me until I read a good explanation in Checking out nonfiction k-8 by Rosemary Bamford and Janice Kristo. Magic School Bus books are "Informational Picture Storybooks" and should be labeled as such. Some of the characteristics of Informational Picture Storybooks are; they blend facts with fiction, the information is carried within the narrative by invented characters/situations, or they may include graphics, sidebars, and other nonfiction features. I think when we first started to think about nonfiction we thought of it as books that were about true things or facts only. With the waterfall of so many nonfiction books the library of congress and others had to start to develop catagories for them. Because a book like the MSB primary motivation is to share true facts and information about a topic, it is nonfiction.


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I made a Magic School Bus bin and put it in my fiction section.
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I'm so glad you asked this question! It first popped up for me when one of my first graders asked me about Magic Tree House books (she said, "they teach us about things that happened, but you can't really got to those places from a tree house!"). Then I got to thinking about some of the other books I had that talked about recycling or energy within a story (the Let's Read and Find Out Science series). So I guess these would also go into the "Informational Picture Storybooks" genre.

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These are in my "SERIES" bins.
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i'm with meggin on this one.
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Informational fiction is a term I've seen and like (I just don't use it because I have a Magic Schoolbus tub and a Magic Treehouse tub).

To me, science fiction is futuristic and involves technology and science that doesn't exist (yet) or isn't used practically (yet). Maybe the definition of science fiction has evolved.
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No problem socks. If you can get your hands on the resource I mentioned, it is worth it. It really helps navigate through and name all the nonfiction genres that are now out there!

These books are not considered fiction when cataloged, even though it is hard for people to let go of the idea of them thinking they are considered fiction. I struggled with it at first myself!
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