Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks with an Interview with Award-winning Author Mary Kay Carson– and a giveaway!


Happy 100th Birthday National Parks!!

What better way to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s greatest natural attraction than with Mary Kay Carson, a children’s author who gave us a peek into the United States’ very own backyard playground in her book:


Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard


Mary Kay Carson is an author of over 50 nonfiction books for young people.  Her books include a number of titles in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s award-winning Scientists in the Field series, including The Park Scientists, a 2015 Ohioana Book Award Finalist and The Bat Scientists, an ALA’s 2011 Notable Children’s Books for Middle Readers. Her book Exploring the Solar System was the 2009 recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Children’s Literature Award and the State Library of Ohio selected Beyond the Solar System as a Choose to Read Ohio book for 2015 & 2016. The author lives in Cincinnati with her photographer husband Tom Uhlman and their dog Ruby in a century-old house surrounded by urban green space, deer, hawks, woodchucks, and songbirds. 

Thanks for joining us, Mary Kay. We have some great questions for you about your books, your love of SCIENCE, and how you research and write amazing books like the Park Scientists.


 Why do you like writing books about science?

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Science ROCKS! And so do Jennifer Swanson's books. She is the award-winning author of over 40 nonfiction books for kids. Jennifer Swanson’s love of science began when she started a science club in her garage at the age of 7. While no longer working from the garage, you can find Jennifer at her favorite place to explore the world around her. www.JenniferSwansonBooks.com
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  1. It is wonderful to see a childhood friend share her love of our country history. How 100 years ago they thought of our future. With Mary Kay books of inspirations that we can continue there dreams another 100 years….
    Plus there is nothing like leaving the city. To a place untouched by man….

  2. Our NPs are so important. Can’t wait to read your book.

  3. Hopefully you’ve gotten some park nature in this summer! Thanks

  4. There is a lot of history/culture in the NPs, isn’t there? 🙂 The Scientists in the Field series’s website is posting lots of related content about the series and the books in it these days…www.sciencemeetsadventure.com

  5. Thanks to our leaders who 100 years ago created a National Park System for preserving the natural beauty of our national parks and for making them accessible for us to enjoy. I have been fortunate to visit many of these parks. Having a book such as Mary Kay’s book increases our knowledge and appreciation of these treasures.