Author of books for kids about wildlife, nature, space, weather, and more!

Mary Kay Carson

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Mary Kay Carson is a nonfiction children’s book author. She’s written more than fifty books for kids about wildlife, space, weather, nature, and other science and history topics.

MK's Events

📌 Aug 25: Ohioana Book Festival, Columbus

📌 Nov 6-15: 2020 Buckeye Book Fair

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Alexander Graham Bell for Kids wins a AAAS/Subaru Prize!

February 2019: "Honoring the best in science books for children and young adults," the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration. I'm proud to announce that the 2019 winner in the category of Hands-On Science Book is Alexander Graham Bell for Kids! Subaru generously honored the winners at the AAAS meetings in DC in February. What fun!

Follow the Chase at

May 25, 2019: Photographer Tom Uhlman and I are going storm-chasing with The Tornado Scientist herself, Purdue University research meteorologist Robin Tanamachi and her students May 25 - June 1st. We'll be blogging and posting to social media from the road as we pursue big storms and hope to see a twister in action. Follow along at and on Twitter and Instagram.


March 3, 2020: Birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals live all around you – and you can help protect them! My newest book is all turning your backyard (or schoolyard) into a local wildlife sanctuary by creating an animal-friendly habitat where wild residents can find food, water, shelter, and places to nest and raise their young. Be a Hero for Local Wildlife! Wildlife Ranger Action Guide: Track, Spot & Provide Healthy Habitat for Creatures Close to Home is published by Storey. Available in stores and online.                                  

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                        Coffee Tub Nest Box project

Signs of Spring Wildlife Scavenger Hunt