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


📌 April 12-13: NSTA National, St. Louis, MO

📌 April 27: Ohioana Book Festival, Columbus, Ohio

📌 May 18: Claire's Day Book Festival, Maumee, Ohio

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MKC's  NEWS!

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!

It's finally out! WEIRD ANIMALS hits stores January 1st

January 1, 2019: My newest book is out! WEIRD ANIMALS is a book I'd been hoping to publish for many years. It's based on a popular author visit program I give at elementary schools, called "Why Are These Animals So Weird." The book is full of fascinating photos of strange-looking critters with interactive text that challenges readers to predict the why behind the unusual animal anatomy. Find out more about this book here.

The Tornado Scientist is released!

March 19, 2019: Just in time for spring tornado season, the latest installment in the Scientists in the Field series is out. The Tornado Scientist: Seeing Inside Severe Storms is about storm-chasing research meteorologist Robin Tanamachi and her quest to understand these most violent of storms. Come along for the wild ride! Find out more about the book here.