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A Nature Diary Series

Paul Meisel

Each Nature Diary focuses on the first year of an animal’s life– in its own words!  In dated journal entries, our friendly subjects explain their own life cycles, taking young readers through the seasons to see how young birds, bugs, and more grow and change throughout the year. Brightly illustrated and vetted by experts, Paul Meisel’s books are a perfect– and hilarious!– introduction to your backyard neighbors.
My Stinky Summer by S. Bug by Paul Meisel
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My Stinky Summer by S. Bug

Book 3
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A Nature Diary Series : Titles in Order

Book 3
Hilarious and scientifically accurate, this Nature Diary gives readers a bug’s-eye-view of the life cycle of a stinkbug.

Told in diary form, My Stinky Summer by S. Bug introduces readers to the stinkbug’s life cycle and survival habits. From the day he is born, S. Bug hears the same refrain–“Ew! Stinkbug!” The stinkbug’s odor is powerful protection against from predators. Perhaps too powerful. Readers will also learn about the challenges that arise when an ecosystem is pushed off-balance. Children will love poring over the bright, highly detailed illustrations and pondering ideas about ecosystems and nature. The book includes a glossary and further information in the back of the book. Both art and text have been vetted for accuracy by an expert. ABOUT THE NATURE DIARY SERIES The life cycle of an animal told in diary form– My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis: CCBC Best-of-the-Year List, AAAS /Subaru Finalist, Leaping Lizards Top 10 Read-alouds, SCIENCE Best Books for Curious Kids, Virginia Readers’ Choices My Happy Year by E. Bluebird: A Junior Library Guild Selection
Book 2
With humor and charm, a bluebird narrates her first year of life–adventures, joys, and scary times too–in this companion book to My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis.


“May 1: Today is my birthday.” So begins the wondrous first year of E. Bluebird.

In hilarious, dated journal entries, readers are treated to the intimate details of an Eastern Bluebird’s life. “May 8: Eating all these bugs makes me poop. My mom takes my poop sack out of the nest. Good thing.” Over the summer she grows in new feathers, watches her siblings leave the nest, and learns to bravely take flight herself–migrating over the winter, and returning to start a family of her own the next year.

Paul Meisel’s beautiful, kid-friendly art has been vetted for accuracy by two experts, and more information about Eastern Bluebirds, including a glossary and links for further reading, can be found on the illustrated endpapers.

A companion book, My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis, was an American Association for Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Film Finalist. In a rave review, The New York Times called it “[a] celebration of nature’s strangeness and wild wonders.”

A Junior Library Guild Selection!



Don’t miss the other hilarious entries in The Nature Diary Series!

Each one explores the life cycle of an animal in dated journal entries, showing young readers how they grow and change through the seasons– and offering a few laughs, too! Brightly illustrated and vetted by experts, Paul Meisel’s books are a perfect introduction to your backyard neighbors.

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis
CCBC Best-of-the-Year List, AAAS /Subaru Finalist, Leaping Lizards Top 10 Read-alouds, SCIENCE Best Books for Curious Kids, Virginia Readers’ Choices
My Happy Year by E. Bluebird
A Junior Library Guild Selection
My Stinky Summer by S. Bug
Book 1
Get a bug’s-eye-view on the life cycle of the praying mantis, in this hilarious, scientifically accurate Nature Diary following an insect through her whole summer.

Finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books

“May 17: I was born today! It’s a beautiful, sunny spring day!”

This is the diary of P. Mantis, one of 150 brothers and sisters born on a garden bush. P. Mantis is an amazing bug: she can make herself look like a stick to hide from predators, she can swivel her head all the way around, and when she’s grown up she’ll even be able to fly!

In dated journal entries P. Mantis describes the entirety of her life, sharing the fun and beauty of her world as well its little ups and downs (“I ate one of my brothers. Okay, maybe two”). Colorful, bold art helps illustrate the different stages of the mantis life cycle, and the engaging, narrative text is paired with more detailed information about praying mantises on the heavily-illustrated endpapers.

For more nonfiction fun, check out Paul Meisel’s My Happy Year by E. Bluebird!


Washington Children’s Choice Book Award 2019 Nominee
New York Public Library Staff Pick for Children

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