Fly, Firefly

Selected for The Original Art 2020 at the Society of Illustrators.
One evening at dusk a wind current carries a lone firefly out over the sea. Glancing down into the water, the insect is mesmerized by the glowing bioluminescence, mistaking it for other fireflies. Seeking company, the firefly plunges into the waves. Luckily, there are human bystanders who can lend a hand. Based on an event witnessed by nature writer and ecologist Rachel Carson (The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring) where a firefly attempts to join its "family" in the ocean, this lyrical story written in verse perfectly illustrates the wonder and delight the natural world offers those who pay close enough attention. Back matter includes science facts about fireflies and bioluminescence, as well as information about Carson's life.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey E
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534110335), Paperback (9781534111097), PDF (9781534166721), Hosted ebook (9781534166868)
Copyright 2020
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 10 x 10, 9 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • The Original Art - Society of Illustrator's, 2020

Author: Shana Keller

Shana Keller grew up a middle child in Middle America wondering exactly how clouds stayed in the air. She’s traveled all over the country and some parts of Europe with her family and moved too many times to count. She’s settled in Pittsburgh for now, a city built just for kids and one that she finds secretly inspiring. One of her favorite quotes is from Benjamin Banneker. “Every day is an adventure in learning.” That said, she graduated from the University of Miami, Florida, with a degree in Communications, from UCLA’s screenwriting program, and took a course in songwriting from Berklee College of Music. Her goal is to never stop learning.

Illustrator: Ramona Kaulitzki

Growing up in a small town in Germany, Ramona Kaulitzki spent her days doing something creative, from sewing to photography, but her biggest passion has always been drawing and storytelling. She loves to create little characters and breathe life into them, while thinking about their stories and the world they live in. Her love for animals, as well as for nature, is a major inspiration for her work. You can visit Ramona at

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  • About the Author
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Author/Illustrator biography
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