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 4-6: National NSTA, Boston

📌 April 25: Ohioana Book Festival, Columbus

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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!

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.

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.