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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Dianne Ochiltree

Dianne Ochiltree is a nationally recognized author of books for young readers, many of which have appeared on “best of” reading lists, been featured in book clubs, and been translated into foreign language editions. Her recent titles include It’s a Seashell Day (Blue Apple Books, 2015), It’s a Firefly Night (Blue Apple Books, 2013), and Molly, by Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter (Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills Press, 2012). Dianne is also a writing and publishing coach for aspiring children’s writers as well as a workshop presenter. Her chocolate Labrador Retriever Sally is a certified therapy dog, and together they visit schools and nursing homes in their area. Dianne and her husband live by the beach in sunny Sarasota, Florida.