Published by Candlewick Press

A welcome mat of moonlight on the floor. Wipe your feet before getting into bed.

It only takes a few words, if they’re the right words, to create a strong image. Whether listened to in the comfort of a cozy lap or read independently, the thirty-six very short poems in this collection remind readers young and old that a few perfect words and pictures can make the world glow. Selected by acclaimed poet Paul B. Janeczko and gorgeously illustrated by Melissa Sweet, FIREFLY JULY; A YEAR OF VERY SHORT POEMS invites children to sample poems throughout the four seasons.

FIREFLY JULY can be found in local independent bookstores, through IndieBound, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or in your local library.

FOR EDUCATORS: A great collection for National Poetry Month, here’s a wonderful resource from the Classroom Bookshelf.


Bologna Book Fair White Ravens Selection

Association of Children's Librarians of Northern CA Distinguished Books

CCBC Choices

NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts

MAINE Chickadee Award Nominee

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book

ALSC Notables List: Younger Readers category

Book Links Lasting Connections List

Horn Book Fanfare List

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL best books of 2014

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

2014 NEIBA Book Awards, children’s

Anthologies of poetry for young people are never in short supply. But “Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems” is a glorious example of the genre. This marriage of verbal and visual imagery has the effect of making some familiar, even hoary poems suddenly seem utterly new. ... The poems are short, accessible and child-friendly, but they are far from unsophisticated….Sweet’s spectacular mixed-media illustrations seem poised to break free from the book’s large pages. They are alternately delicate and bold, mistily atmospheric and scorchingly bright. Her touch combines the rigor of a mature artist and the scratchy abandon of a child. Best of all, they illuminate the poetry with genuine wit, intelligence and emotion. They are poems come to life.
— The New York Times Book Review
— Kirkus, starred review
Breeze through the seasons with this deftly selected collection of 36 poems, each embedded like a jewel in one of Melissa Sweet’s gloriously textured mixed-media illustrations.
— The Washington Post
Organized by the seasons, beginning with spring, this collection of 36 impeccably chosen short poems demonstrates that significant emotional power can reside in just a few lines. …Any collection will be brighter with the inclusion of this treasure.
— School Library Journal, starred review
In their brevity, the poems remind us that less can often be more and that there is art in economy. ... Caldecott Honor artist Sweet’s pictures are, in a word, gorgeous.
— Booklist, starred review
A spirited anthology. Evocative and accessible. Sweet’s artwork is marvelously varied.
— Publishers Weekly, starred review