Mary Kay Carson

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

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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.

Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

June 23, 2016: This summer the National Park Service (NPS) turns one hundred years old. Celebrate by tagging along with the scientists profiled in Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard, a book for young readers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s prestigious Scientists in the Field series.  CLICK HERE to listen to an interview with the author on  NPR station WVXU about Park Scientists.

Park Scientists is Ohioana Book Award Finalist

June 1, 2016: The Ohioana Library has announced the 30 finalists for the 2015 Ohioana Book Awards. The awards, established in 1942, honor Ohio authors in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Juvenile Literature. This year a new category has been added to recognize authors of books for Middle Grade/Young Adult readers. The final category, About Ohio or an Ohioan, may also include books by non-Ohio authors.

📌 Oct 15: Books by the Banks in Cincinnati, OH

📌 Nov 5: OKI Childrens Literature Conference


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Winner of 2016 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

September 1, 2016: Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass is one of five books for youth awarded with a 2016 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature by the Santa Monica Public Library. The Library established the Green Prize to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books for adults and young people that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability.