Mary Kay Carson

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Mary Kay Carson is a nonfiction author of books for young people about wildlife, space, weather, inventors, and other science and history subjects. She has five titles in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s esteemed Scientists in the Field series, including The Bat Scientists, an ALA's 2011 Notable Children's Books for Middle Readers and Inside Biosphere 2, the 2016 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Many of her trade books have received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist as well as inclusion in NSTA’s list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students. Carson began her writing career at the elementary classroom magazine SuperScience at Scholastic in New York and has been a full-time freelance writer and author for more than twenty years. In addition to authoring juvenile trade titles, she’s written series nonfiction for Scholastic, (including Magic School Bus), HarperCollins, and Enslow as well as Smithsonian and American Museum of Natural History imprint titles. For more information go to: www.marykaycarson.com

Nonfiction Picture Books

  • Life on Mars (Scholastic, 2016)
  • The Magic School Bus Presents Ocean Adventure (Scholastic, 2014)
  • Magic School Bus 3-D: Journey Through the Solar System (Scholastic, 2014)
  • The Universe: From the Big Bang to Deep Space (Rouke, 2014)
  • Deadly and Dangerous (Sterling, 2013)
  • Who Was the Hair-Care Millionaire? Madame C.J. Walker (Enslow, 2012)
  • Who Invented Television? Philo Farnsworth (Enslow, 2012)
  • Who Invented Home Video Games? Ralph Baer (Enslow, 2012)
  • Extreme Planets! Q&A (Smithsonian/HarperCollins, 2008)
  • Mars (Chelsea Clubhouse, 2003)
  • In the Deep (Chelsea Clubhouse, 2003)
  • The Creepiest, Scariest, Weirdest Creatures Ever! (Kidsbooks, 2002)

Nonfiction Middle Grade

  • Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to An Ice Dwarf and The Kuiper Belt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017)
  • Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)
  • Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, And Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014)
  • The Bat Scientists (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010)
  • Emi and The Rhino Scientist (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007)
  • Alexander Graham Bell for Kids: His Life and Inventions (Chicago Review Press, 2018)
  • Beyond the Solar System: Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More (Chicago Review Press, 2013)
  • Exploring the Solar System: A History With 22 Activities (Chicago Review Press, 2008)
  • Weather Projects for Young Scientists: Experiments and Science Fair Ideas (Chicago Review Press, 2007)
  • The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom (Chicago Review Press, 2005)
  • The Wright Brothers for Kids: How They Invented the Airplane (Chicago Review Press, 2003)
  • Mission to Mars (Sterling, 2018)
  • What Sand the World’s Biggest Ship? And Other Questions about the Titanic (Sterling, 2012)
  • How Strong Is An Ant? And Other Questions About Bugs And Insects (Sterling, 2014)
  • Did It All Start With A Snowball Fight? And Other Questions About The American Revolution (Sterling, 2012)
  • How Many Planets Circle The Sun? And Other Questions About Our Solar System (Sterling, 2014)
  • Why Couldn't Susan B. Anthony Vote? And Other Questions About ... Women's Suffrage (Sterling, 2015)
  • What Was Your Dream, Dr. King? And Other Questions About Martin Luther King, Jr. (Sterling, 2013)
  • What Makes a Tornado Twist? And Other Questions about Weather
  • Why Does the Earth Spin? And Other Questions about Our Planet (Sterling, 2014)
  • Which Way to Freedom? And Other Questions about the Underground Railroad (Sterling, 2015)
  • Inside Hurricanes (Sterling, 2010)
  • Inside Weather (Sterling, 2011)
  • Inside Tornadoes (Sterling, 2010)
  • Alexander Graham Bell: Giving Voice to The World (Sterling, 2007)
  • Far-Out Guide to The Icy Dwarf Planets (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to Saturn (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to Uranus (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to Earth (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to The Sun (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to Mars (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to Jupiter (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to Neptune (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to The Moon (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to Asteroids and Comets (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to Mercury (Enslow, 2011)
  • Far-Out Guide to Venus (Enslow, 2011)
  • Diseases and People: Epilepsy (Enslow, 1998)

Nonfiction Classroom Readers

  • Native American Homes (Newbridge, 2005)
  • The Rockies (Newbridge, 2003)
  • Life in the Temperate Forest (Newbridge, 2003)
  • Machines Called Robots (Newbridge, 2007)
  • The Mighty Mississippi (Newbridge, 2005)
  • Fungi (Newbridge, 2003)
  • Don't Sweat It! Regulating Body Temperature (Newbridge, 2006)
  • The Biosphere (Newbridge, 2003)
  • Diamonds! (Newbridge, 2006)
  • Fair Day U.S.A. (Newbridge, 2002)
  • The Greatest Electrician In The World (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
  • The Bald Eagle Is Back (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
  • The Return Of Wild Whoopers (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
  • Driving On Mars (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
  • How Airplanes Fly: Forces and Motion at Work  (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, 2004)
  • What Stuff is Made Of: Materials (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, 2004)
  • Cool Science Jobs (Scholastic, 2003)
  • Food, The Good, The Bad, And the Gross (Scholastic, 2012)
  • Gross Body Facts (Scholastic, 2003)
  • Great Debates: When Science and Ethics Clash (Scholastic, 2012)
  • The Lost City (Scholastic, 2009)
  • Easy Science Activity Journals: Reproducible Journal Pages with Instant No-Mess Mini Experiments That Invite Kids to Learn and Write About Weather, Space, and Other Science Topics You Teach (Scholastic, 2003)
  • Weather: Quick & Easy Internet Activities for The One-Computer Classroom (Scholastic, 2002)
  • Space: Quick & Easy Internet Activities for The One-Computer Classroom (Scholastic, 2002)
  • The Wow's & Why's of Weather: The Latest Information Plus Easy Hands-On Activities and Reproducibles That Teach About All Kinds of Weather--From Mild to Wild! (Scholastic, 2000)
  • Great Weather Activities: All the Background Info and How-To's You Need for Teaching About the Wonders of Weather (Scholastic, 2000)
  • Colonial America: Complete Theme Unit Developed in Cooperation with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (Scholastic Professional Books, 1999)
  • Space: The Latest Information Plus Easy Hands-On Activities and Reproducibles (Scholastic, 1996)