Mary Kay Carson

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


The Bat Scientists
(Houghton Mifflin, 2010; 80 pages)

Those who study bats aren’t scared of the dark or bothered by a bit of smelly guano. These bat crusaders are fascinated by these flying creatures, with good reason. Follow the bat scientists into the trenches—and caves—as they fight to save their beloved and amazing bats.

Extreme Planets! 
(HarperCollins, 2008; 48 pages)

A Smithsonian Question & Answer book with amazing pictures 
of the planets and web links. Look inside..

Emi and the Rhino Scientist
(Houghton Mifflin, 2007; 64 pages)

After years of work and breakthrough discoveries by endangered species expert Terri Roth, Emi the rhino finally gives birth to the first Sumatran rhino calf born in captivity in more than a hundred years. 

Alexander Graham Bell: Giving Voice to the World
(Sterling Publishing, 2007; 128 pages)

Inspired by his nearly-deaf mother and a father who developed a “visible alphabet” of all the possible sounds a human being can make, Alexander Graham Bell spent the greater part of his life trying to improve the way people communicated with one another. This included both inventions like the telephone and “his life’s work” of teaching speech to the deaf.

Weather Projects for Young Scientists
(Chicago Review Press, 2007; 175 pages)

More than 40 weather projects and experiments and all the 
science behind them. Plus science fair ideas! Look inside...

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Exploring the Solar System: 
A History with 22 Activities
(Chicago Review Press, 2008; 175 pages)

Read the true stories of how scientists discovered what we know about the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, and asteroids of our solar system. Look inside…

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The Underground Railroad for Kids: 
From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities
(Chicago Review Press, 2005; 176 pages)

An inspiring book full of stories and firsthand 
narratives of the brave people who dared to 
escape slavery and find freedom.  Look inside...

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The Wright Brothers for Kids: 
How They Invented the Airplane 
with 21 Activities Exploring the 
Science and History of Flight
(Chicago Review Press, 2003; 160 pages)

The amazing story of how two bicycle-making brothers built the first powered flying machine. Look inside…

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In the Deep
(Chelsea House, 2003; 24 pages)

Meet strange and unbelievable creatures from the 
cold, dark world of the deep sea. This title received
 the Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award.

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(Chelsea House, 2003; 32 pages)

Find out about spacecraft that have traveled to Mars, and 
learn about plans to send people there in the near future. 
This title received the Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award.

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The Creepiest, Scariest, 
Weirdest Creatures Ever!
(Kidsbooks, 2002; 62 pages)

Packed with full-color, eye-popping pictures of 
some of nature’s most bizarre animals.
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(Enslow, 1998; 112 pages)

Details the workings of the nervous system and the effect that epilepsy may have on people’s lives.

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Books Authored

Inside Tornadoes

(Sterling, 2010; 48 pages)

Tornadoes are the most violent storms on the planet-as these dramatic photographs and gatefolds vividly reveal. With first-person accounts of historic storms, fascinating facts on climate change and its potential effect on tornadoes, and hands-on activities, this book will fascinate curious readers.


Inside Hurricanes

(Sterling, 2010; 48 pages)

What makes a hurricane? Where do they strike? What do scientists learn from flying planes through these dangerous storms? Stunning photographs-taken on the ground and from space-as well as incredible gatefolds will help children understand this powerful, destructive force of nature.


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