Best Selling Books by Mary Kay Carson

Mary Kay Carson is the author of Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet (2015), Life on Mars (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) (2016), Outdoor School: Tree, Wildflower, and Mushroom Spotting (2023), The Ghostly Tales of Cheyenne (2022) and other 82 books.

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Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet

release date: Aug 25, 2015
Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet
Featuring incredible photos and new information about the latest research into Mars, this updated edition of DISCOVERING MARS covers everything about the great red planet, from past to present. Topics include myths and facts about life on Mars, a history of NASA's Mars research, including the Rover missions, and ideas about our potential future relationship with the planet. With its lively text narrative and beautiful color photos, students and teachers alike will enjoy learning everything there is to know about Mars.

Life on Mars (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)

release date: Jun 28, 2016
Life on Mars (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)
Discover the truth about life on Mars in this level 2 reader! Mars is a cold, desert planet with no water. But it wasn't always like this. Could there once have been living things there? Find out in this new level 2 reader all about life on Mars. Includes the most stunning and up-to-date photographs from NASA.

Outdoor School: Tree, Wildflower, and Mushroom Spotting

release date: Feb 28, 2023
Outdoor School: Tree, Wildflower, and Mushroom Spotting
With 448 full-color, highly-illustrated pages, Outdoor School is your indispensable tool for the outdoors. This interactive field guide to plant and mushroom spotting includes: - Immersive activities to get you exploring - Write-in sections to journal about experiences - Next-level adventures to challenge even seasoned nature lovers. No experience is required—only curiosity and courage. Inside you’ll find easy-to-follow instructions on how to: - Grow mushrooms with cardboard - Compare bark types - Count tree rings - Survey leaf patterns - Create fern spore prints - Press and preserve wildflowers And so much more!

The Ghostly Tales of Cheyenne

release date: May 02, 2022
The Ghostly Tales of Cheyenne
Ghost stories from Cheyenne, Wyoming have never been so creepy, fun, and full of mystery! The haunted history of the Magic City of the Plains comes to life--even when the main players are dead. Visit the Plains Hotel to catch a glimpse of the spirits who checked in but never checked out. Or look for the ghosts of cowboys at the town's Wrangler Store. Dive into this spooky chapter book for suspenseful tales of bumps in the night, paranormal investigations, and the unexplained; just be sure to keep the light on.

Far-Out Guide to the Sun

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to the Sun
Everything in our solar system orbits the Sun. It is the center of our solar system, and affects everything in it. Robotic explorers have taught us a lot about the star at the center of our solar system. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the Sun. All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book.

Far-Out Guide to Saturn

release date: Jul 01, 2010
Far-Out Guide to Saturn
"Presents information about Saturn, including fast facts, history, and technology used to study the planet"--Provided by publisher.

Inside Biosphere 2

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Inside Biosphere 2
In the Arizona desert, scientists conduct studies and experiments aimed to help us better understand our environment and especially understand what sort of things are happening to it due to climate change and other man-made problems. The location is Biosphere 2, an immense structure that contains a replica ocean, savannah, and wetlands, among many other Earth systems. It's a unique take on the Scientists in the Field mission statement — in this case, the lab is a replica that allows the scientists to conduct large-scale experiments that would otherwise be impossible.

Far-Out Guide to Mars

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Mars
Earth's neighbor Mars likely once had an environment that could have supported life. Now it has underground frozen water in many places. Spacecraft from Earth have visited Mars and taught us a lot about this dusty red planet. Featuring a center spread with fast facts, this book tells readers about the missions, the scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the fourth planet from the Sun.

Far-Out Guide to Earth

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Earth
Earth is the only planet in our solar system that is suitable for life. It has liquid water, oxygen, and enough gravity to hold its own atmosphere. But did you know that Earth is always changing? Scientists have used spacecraft and satellites to learn more about our planet. They can better predict natural disasters like hurricanes, and monitor volcano eruptions and climate changes. Learn lots of far-out facts about our home planet.

Exploring the Solar System

release date: Feb 01, 2008
Exploring the Solar System
In this stellar activity book, kids delve into the rich history of space exploration, where telescopes, satellites, probes, landers, and human missions lead to amazing discoveries. Updated to include the recent discovery of Eris which, along with Pluto, has been newly classified as a &“dwarf planet&” by the International Astronomical Union, this cosmic adventure challenges kids to explore the planets and other celestial bodies for themselves through activities such as building a model of a comet using soil, molasses, dry ice, and window cleaner; or creating their own reentry vehicle to safely return an egg to Earth's surface. With biographies of more than 20 space pioneers, specific mission details, a 20-page field guide to the solar system, and plenty of suggestions for further research, this is the ultimate guidebook to exploring the solar system.

Wildlife Ranger Action Guide

release date: Mar 03, 2020
Wildlife Ranger Action Guide
As concern for the welfare of species like honey bees and monarch butterflies grows alongside awareness of the impact of climate change, inspiring the next generation of citizen scientists is more important than ever. With Wildlife Ranger Action Guide, kids can make the world better for the animals and insects they love, starting right in their own backyards. Dozens of hands-on activities and habitat creation projects, such as making a frog pond from a kiddie pool, planting a pollinator garden for bees, painting a bat house, and building a lodge for lizards, encourage children to learn about and take an active role in protecting local wildlife. Lively photographic field guides covering 78 North American wildlife species teach kids about the habits and habitats of each and include tips for providing the plants and food needed for their survival.

Who Was the Hair-Care Millionaire? Madam C.J. Walker

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Who Was the Hair-Care Millionaire? Madam C.J. Walker
Lots of people dream of being a millionaire, but Madam C. J. Walker actually became one with her revolutionary hair care system. Learn about Madam C. J. Walker's life and the discovery of her hair care products. Make your own homemade bubble bath, too!

Far-Out Guide to Asteroids and Comets

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Asteroids and Comets
Have you ever seen a comet or a shooting star? You may think they look pretty, but these giant space rocks can cause major destruction. Scientists keep a close watch on comets and asteroids using high-powered telescopes and spacecraft. Get ready to learn lots of far-out facts about asteroids and comets!

Who Invented Home Video Games? Ralph Baer

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Who Invented Home Video Games? Ralph Baer
There are few kids who don't enjoy home video games, but do they know who invented the first one? Readers learn about Ralph Baer's life and the first home video games ever made. Readers will invent their own game, too.

Who Invented Television? Philo Farnsworth

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Who Invented Television? Philo Farnsworth
It seems like televisions are everywhere, but do you know who invented the first one? Readers learn about Philo Farnsworth's life and how he invented the first television. They'll create their own cartoon show, too.

The Tornado Scientist

release date: Mar 01, 2019
The Tornado Scientist
"What if tornadoes could be stopped or slowed down? In this addition to the critically-acclaimed Scientist in the Field series, scientist Robin Tanamachi and her team are trying to come up with a way to predict tornadoes with even greater accuracy, and save countless lives across America's heartland."--

Which Way to Freedom?

release date: Jan 06, 2015
Which Way to Freedom?
What was the Underground Railroad--and who traveled on it? Who was Harriet Tubman and what did she do? This gripping book tells kids all about the perilous journey to escape slavery and finally become free: how long it could take, where the fugitives hid, who helped them, how "stationmasters" sent secret messages, and other fascinating details of the legendary Underground Railroad.

Far-Out Guide to the Icy Dwarf Planets

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to the Icy Dwarf Planets
Our solar system used to have nine planets. But recently, scientists ruled that Pluto was actually a "dwarf planet." So what exactly is a dwarf planet, how many of them are there, and how do scientists study and classify them? All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book, featuring a center spread with fast facts.

Far-Out Guide to the Moon

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to the Moon
Earth has many satellites, but the Moon is Earth's only natural satellite. Spacecraft and astronauts have visited the Moon to learn more about it. From the Apollo missions to the most current robotic spacecraft, this book highlights our adventures in studying our neighbor in space.

The Underground Railroad for Kids

release date: Jan 01, 2005
The Underground Railroad for Kids
Provides twenty-one activities that kids can do to learn about the Underground Railroad.

Mission to Mars

release date: Feb 06, 2018
Mission to Mars
"An easy-to-follow and alluring narrative . . . instructive and captivating."--School Library Journal What would it be like to travel to Mars? Find out, in this incredible book, written in coordination with the world-famous American Museum of Natural History. Perhaps no planet has stirred our imagination more than Mars. And this book, based on the American Museum of Natural History's exhibit "Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration," provides an extraordinary introduction to the Red Planet. Through breathtaking images from NASA, and information sent to Earth from satellites, budding astronomers and astronauts can explore Mars's climate and features--and find out what it would take for a human to travel there.

Quick Easy Internet Activities for the One-Computer Classroom: SPACE

release date: Apr 01, 2001
Quick Easy Internet Activities for the One-Computer Classroom: SPACE
Build students Internet skills as they expand their knowledge of stars, moons, planets, space exploration, and more. This book offers more than 100 space Web sites, plus reproducible graphic organizers that help students record the information they gather. Using this information, students build a star life-cycle mobile, write their own myth about a constellation, create travel brochures of the planets, complete a timeline of historic space events, and more! For use with Grades 3-6."

Weather

release date: Feb 01, 2002
Weather
Contains twenty reproducible web-based activities designed to help students in grades six through eight learn about the weather.

Emi and the Rhino Scientist

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Emi and the Rhino Scientist
Story of Terri Roth and her effort to save the Sumatran rhinos from extinction.

Far-Out Guide to Venus

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Venus
At a scorching 462°C, Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system—and poisonous clouds of gas surround it. Spacecraft from Earth have visited Venus. Learn about the amazing missions and the scientists who plan them This book features a center spread with fast facts, perfect for report writing.

Mission To Pluto

release date: Jan 10, 2017
Mission To Pluto
In July of 2015 a robotic spacecraft reached Pluto after a nine-and-half-year journey. New Horizons is the first spacecraft mission to Pluto and revealed its five moons as never before seen. Images from the mission show a reddish surface covered in ice-water mountains, moving glaciers, and hints of possible ice volcanoes and an underground ocean. Pluto is geologically alive and changing! This addition to the Scientists in the Field series goes where no person or spacecraft has ever gone before. Follow along with the team of scientists as they build New Horizons, fly it across the solar system, and make new discoveries about a world three billion miles away.

Far-Out Guide to Jupiter

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Jupiter
Jupiter is bigger than any other planet in our solar system. It has rings and centuries-old storms. It has more than sixty moons, too—some with underground oceans! Featuring a center spread with fast facts, this great addition to the FAR OUT GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM series will tell you everything you need to know about the biggest planet—including missions and the scientists who planned them, and the spacecraft they used to do so.

Far-Out Guide to Uranus

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Far-Out Guide to Uranus
How do scientists know anything about Uranus? Spacecraft from Earth have visited Uranus. Featuring a center spread with fast facts, this book highlights the missions, the men and women who plan them, and more far-out facts about the seventh planet from the sun.

Escape from . . . the Titanic

release date: Jan 25, 2022
Escape from . . . the Titanic
"Many details within the informative, exciting narrative are based in history, and sidebars filling in the facts will bolster the story's believability for young readers...A good beginning for the Escape From . . . historical fiction series." Booklist "With a prologue that spells out the issues on the Titanic, this book foreshadows disaster. Patrick Kelley, an Irish bellboy set to turn 14 on the ship, and Sarah Walsh, a young white passenger headed back to her family in Boston, are thrown together in an unlikely match, with little in common except their Irish backgrounds." School Library Journal Patrick is an Irish bellboy working on the Titanic to help his family back home. Sarah is a passenger excited to return to America. Neither of them knows that they are about to embark on the most dangerous trip of their lives. The unsinkable Titanic is not quite what Sarah expected. Instead of dining with movie stars, she finds herself having more fun in steerage with the family of her new friend, Patrick, a bellboy. He shows her all the secrets that the greatest ship in the world has to offer, like heated swimming pools and first-class cabins. But then . . . disaster! The ship crashes into an iceberg, and water begins rushing into the lower decks. The Titanic is going down fast-into the deep, icy Atlantic. Can Sarah find her new friends in time? Can Patrick do his duty and also save himself? Will either of them manage to escape one of the deadliest shipwrecks in history?

The Bat Scientists

release date: Sep 06, 2010
The Bat Scientists
Dr. Merlin Tuttle and his colleagues at Bat Conservation International aren't scared of bats. These bat crusaders are fascinated by them, with good reason. Bats fly the night skies in nearly every part of the world, but they are the least studied of all mammals. As the major predator of night-flying insects, bats eat many pests. Unfortunately bats are facing many problems, including a terrifying new disease. White-nose Syndrome is infecting and killing millions of hibernating bats in North America. But Dr. Tuttle, with the help of his fellow bat scientists are in the trenches—and caves—on the front line of the fight to save their beloved bats.

Weather Projects for Young Scientists

release date: Mar 01, 2007
Weather Projects for Young Scientists
From the everyday phenomena of wind and clouds to the awesome, destructive power of lightning, tornados, and hurricanes, children can explore weather in detail with this fascinating science activity book. Throughout the text instructions for building weather-measuring tools—barometers, psychrometers, anemometers, wind vanes, rain gauges, and thermometers—allow the reader to assemble them into a working weather station. More than 40 weather projects are included, such as building a model of the water cycle, creating a tornado in a bottle, calculating dew point, and reading a weather map. Most of the experiments also include ideas for expanding them into full-fledged science fair projects. Weather-related environmental issues are also addressed, such as global climate change, ozone depletion, and acid rain, as well as profiles of scientists working in the field of meteorology.

The Universe

release date: Aug 01, 2014
The Universe
In The Universe: From the Big Bang to Deep Space, students will learn about the origin of the universe and make observations about the natural world based off patterns and phenomena. Filled with fun facts, young learners will love exploring the scientific information and drawing conclusions about life now and in the future. The Inside Outer Space series takes readers on an intergalactic journey that unravels the mysteries of the universe. Each 24-page book informs readers in grades K–3 on the Sun, Earth, planets, and stars, while also igniting imaginations about the unknown. Stunning photographs and diagrams engage readers, while text-based questions aid in reading comprehension

What Sank the World's Biggest Ship?

release date: Jan 01, 2012
What Sank the World's Biggest Ship?
Provides answers to many questions about the Titanic, including how big the Titanic was, what it was like to travel in first class, how the Titanic sank, where the Titanic is now, and more.

The River That Wolves Moved

release date: Jan 01, 2022
The River That Wolves Moved
"Using the structure of "The House that Jack Built" and the example of the gray wolf reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park, the interconnectedness of the wildlife that lives in a place and how the presence (or absence) of a single species can impact an ecosystem is explained"--

Weird Animals

release date: Jan 01, 2019
Weird Animals
Slime-oozing slugs, red-lipped fish, spine-covered bugs, and tubed-nosed bats. No matter how bizarre or wacky, there's a reason why animals look the way they do. These characteristics--including colors, teeth, and behavior--help them survive. Full color.r.

Life in the Temperate Forest

release date: Oct 29, 2003

Park Scientists

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Park Scientists
Describes the work of researchers in America's national parks, as they study geysers, grizzly bears, Gila monsters, salamanders, cacti, and fireflies.

Inside Hurricanes

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Inside Hurricanes
An introduction to why hurricanes occur and what it's like to live through one.

How Materials Work

release date: Jan 01, 2012
How Materials Work
"What are diamonds used for? How does water change from a liquid to a gas?"--
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