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Kids Illustrate Love of Rhinos and Bats


Visiting schools and talking about my books with students is always a treat. There’s nothing like hearing the “aawwws” of a gymnasium full of kids when they see the photo of baby Andalas after I’ve read the scene of his birth from Emi and the Rhino Scientist! Or answering the dozens of questions about bats asked by students watching video from Bracken Bat Cave, one of the places we visited for The Bat Scientists.

But there is something extra special about student artwork. The posters and drawings that kids make after reading the books really hit me in the heart. Its shows the world exactly what about that particular book meant to an individual person. A student read it, looked at the photos, thought about what it meant and how it made him or her feel, and then created something artistic to express himself or herself. Pure magic!




Last Friday I had the honor of spending the day with the students, teachers, principal, and terrific librarian at Pattison Elementary in Milford, Ohio. The glass walls of the library were covered in amazing drawings based on a number of my books that kids had read. I just had to share some of them.

by Mary Kay Carson

About Mary Kay Carson

Mary Kay Carson

Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman are the author and illustrator of Emi and the Rhino Scientist and The Bat Scientists. Mary Kay has written many books for children and Tom has been a freelance photographer for twenty years. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio, with their dog Ruby where they wait each summer evening for the bats to begin circling above their backyard pond. Tom also shot photographs for Eruption!, a Scientists in the Field book about volcanoes by Liz Rusch. Mary Kay and Tom’s upcoming Scientists in the Field book is Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard, which is about America’s National Parks.

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