It’s A Firefly Night


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Listen to Dianne’s interview with Rodger Nichols for his Cover to Cover Book Beat podcast:
Enjoy this fun read-aloud of It’s a Firefly Night by Eileen the Storyteller for KidTime StoryTime:

An intimate encounter with nature lit not just by stars and fireflies, but also an affecting dose of daddy-daughter warmth…

—Kirkus Reviews

Ochiltree’s rhymes are sturdy, and she makes it clear that, while catching fireflies is fun, the beetles are not meant to be kept…Assorted firefly facts close out this cozy evocation of a special dad-and-daughter night…

—Publishers Weekly

…the text is written in rhymed couplets that recreate a joyful childhood encounter with nature. The illustrations, collages of dynamic painted elements, create a series of pleasing evening scenes that are richly colored and textured. Glittery highlights on the jacket will help draw attention to this delightful picture book.


“The story involves a great way to first teach children how to count, and the book even offers arts and crafts ideas that kids would love to do. This is so well-written and fantastically illustrated that you’ll wish every night was a Firefly Night!”

— Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“The story line is enjoyable and simple enough for young readers, but the artwork lends to much more discussion. I love that the book has interesting firefly facts, ideas, and questions for the reader at the end.”

— Critical Blast, Rating 5 of 5

“This book is gorgeous. It is a perfect book for summer and one I cannot wait to use in my classes! The kids will love it. This book is sure to become a new classroom favorite!!!!”

— Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews, Rating 5* of 5*

“It’s a Firefly Night is a beautiful and joyful picture book that celebrates every child’s rite of passage into the warmest season of the year. The concise flowing, rhyming prose by Dianne Ochiltree offers the youngest readers insight into the story…What makes this book stand out are the vivid collage illustrations by Betsy Snyder. The colors are both deep and brilliant, depicting the most magical night sky you could ever imagine.”

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It’s a Firefly Night

Now Available in Paperback!
Original Hardcover Released May 2013 from Blue Apple Books
Illustrated by Betsy Snyder
Age range 3-7 years

Celebrates a favorite childhood pastime—catching fireflies on a summer night—with a one-to-ten counting concept built into a charming story. Illustrated by Betsy Snyder, the pages glow with sparkling glitter accents. A great gift, or winding-down-at-bedtime selection, for grownups and little ones to share.Part glittery counting book, part endearing daddy-daughter story! A favorite childhood activity—catching fireflies—glows from the pages of this story. Lilting rhymes chronicle a little girl’s capture and release of fireflies, one by one, capped off by a collection of fascinating firefly facts.

Silver Medal in Children’s Literature division of 2013 Florida Book Awards competition

Gold Medal in Children’s Book category  from Oppenheim Toy Portfolio in 2013

image © Betsy Snyder

Photo credit: Ian Webb, Director – Sarasota Ballet School

Dianne had the pleasure of seeing a ‘First Friday’ performance of her book It’s a Firefly Night as a ballet for students at the Sarasota Ballet School (FL). The work was choreographed by instructor Sue Peterson, who read the book aloud as the girls performed the piece. For more info re Sarasota Ballet School:


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