Rosemary Mosco

Science Writer & Naturalist

Rosemary makes books and cartoons that connect people with the natural world.

Her Bird and Moon nature comics won the National Cartoonists Society’s award for Best Online Short Form Comic and were the subject of an award-winning museum exhibit. She makes best-selling science books for kids and adults and gives keynotes at birding festivals. She’s written and drawn for The New York Times, Audubon, PBS kids’ Elinor Wonders Why, Ranger Rick, and more. She’s represented by Seth Fishman. Her favorite glacial landform is the esker.

Interviews: Science Friday (Pigeons) & (Comics) | CBC’s The Current | Birds & Blooms | Treehugger | National Wildlife Federation | ABA

Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

Online Comics

Bird and Moon Comics & Charts

These comics and diagrams share the funny side of nature and discuss environmental issues. They won the 2021 National Cartoonists Society’s award for Best Online Comic – Short Form and were the subject of an award-winning museum exhibit. Find merchandise for sale through TopatoCo.

Other Comics Work

Collaboration: Wild City Comics, a past strip about urban ecology co-created with Maris Wicks.
A Few Comics Clients: The New York Times, Ranger Rick, The Nib, Torontoist, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Pipe Wrench.

Books

A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching

A national best selling popular science guide to a commonly seen bird, published by Workman.
Selected praise: ALA Booklist’s Top 10 Sci-Tech Books of 2021 | ABA Best Bird Books of the Year | BirdWatching Magazine | Forbes | Audubon | Laura Erickson’s For The Birds

“the most perfect of popular science titles” –Booklist starred review
“So joyful that it’s almost effervescent” –Foreword Reviews

Butterflies are Pretty…Gross!

A picture book about butterfly science, with art by Jacob Souva, out through Tundra Books. A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year!

“A witty look at the less-beautiful characteristics of butterflies.” –Kirkus starred review

Flowers are Pretty…Weird!

A picture book about the weird side of wildflowers, with art by Jacob Souva, through Tundra Books.

“Both educational and humorous, this is highly recommended.” –School Library Journal starred review

Birding Is My Favorite Video GameBirding Is My Favorite Video Game

A collection of Bird and Moon comics published by Andrews McMeel.
Selected praise: ALA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens | Birds & Blooms Magazine | Comicosity | Geek Dad

“She is the rare humorist who understands nature and biology well enough to make even the most cranky birder crack a smile.” –BirdWatching Magazine

Solar SystemSolar System: Our Place in Space

A funny, friendly intro to the science of the solar system for ages 9-12. Published by First Second. Art by Jon Chad.

“A story line infused with humor and drama . . . budding astro-tourists in middle elementary grades will happily sign up for repeat journeys.” –School Library Journal starred review

Atlas ObscuraThe Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

A NYT-bestselling illustrated guide to 100 of the world’s most mesmerizing wonders. It’s published by Workman. Ages 8-12.

“A worldwide collection of superior oddities…One delectable sampler of wonders, there for the asking.” –Kirkus

Critter Chat

If animals could speak (and text and post selfies), what would they say? A pun-filled, surprisingly scientific book out through Nat Geo Kids.

“A feast for the eye, the inquisitive young mind, and the funny bone.” –Kirkus

Coming Soon: Expedition Backyard

A graphic novel about urban nature, with art by Binglin Hu, coming in Summer 2022 through Random House Graphic. Ages 7+.

“Readers will feel compelled to start their own journals, gardens, and hikes thanks to these outdoorsy animal friends.” –School Library Journal

Other Writing Work

TV: Episodes and Interstitials for PBS’ Elinor Wonders Why.
Articles: Audubon, Mental_Floss, Mass Audubon’s Connections.
Blog Posts: Mass Audubon, Nature Conservancy Canada, Living Alongside Wildlife.

Talks & Workshops

Rosemary is a funny, thought-provoking speaker who delivers talks on nature, birds, comics, and science outreach and leads workshops for students of all ages. Interested in having her speak? Drop her a line.

Keynotes: Rio Grande Birding Festival, San Diego Bird Festival, Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, Biggest Week in American Birding, Georgia Bird Fest, National Association for Interpretation, Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators Conference, Central Valley Birding Symposium, Klamath Falls Winter Wings Festival.

When she’s not writing, she’s out in the field doing some very amateur nature photography and trying not to feed the mosquitoes.