It’s A Firefly Night


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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.


A mesmerizing journey for both parent and child.

— Feathered Quill Book Reviews

…a beautiful picture book that celebrates every child’s rite of passage into the warmest season of the year. Just reading the book will make you want to get out into the fresh air with your family.

—Debbie Glade, Good Reads with Ronna

…Dianne Ochiltree demonstrates her great talent as a writer. It is a lovely story for a parent and child to share…capturing the simple, unforgettable fun and unforgettable memories of childhood…

—Alan Caruba, Bookviews

It’s a Firefly Night

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