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.

Kirkus gives Mission to Pluto a Starred Review!

November 2, 2016: The first review is in and it's a starred one from Kirkus, saying, "The author’s enthusiasm shines through her clear, conversational narrative, and she quotes from personal interviews as well as press conferences and releases, extending the book’s intimacy." Yeah! Read the entire review at Kirkus and learn more at

📌 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.


Mission to Pluto is OUT there!

January 10, 2017: We're proud to announce the release of our new book. It's about the first-ever spacecraft mission to Pluto! Available wherever books are sold.

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