At Bright Night Books, we believe that the greatest gift we can give to the children we love is our time. Our products offer young children, and the adults who love them, opportunities to have memorable, high-quality experiences together.

Our books feature vivid colors, playful illustrations, and catchy rhymes to engage, entertain, and educate. They are designed to be read aloud and use challenging vocabulary words that invite questions and discussion.

With each book, we offer a collection of learning activities for free download, providing additional ways to have fun together. Our stories promote inclusiveness, kindness, collaboration, self-discovery, perseverance, and forgiveness.

Our publisher is Bluestem Interactive, Inc., a small company located in Bennet, Nebraska.


New Release July 2019!

Cuddle up with your favorite little one to savor Stanley Stays Awake, our debut rhyming picture book with a cast of lovable characters sure to tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.

The first book in the new Bright Night Adventures series introduces Stanley, a curious young star who stays up past his bedtime and falls to the earth. Determined to return to his family in the sky, he appeals to the kindness of a firefly, named Jasmine, and her friend, Rex the Rocket, to help him get back home. Will he make it?

Stanley Stays Awake promises to enchant young minds with its engaging story and fanciful imagery. Parents and grandparents alike will appreciate the book’s gentle messages about caring, collaboration and the benefits of sleep. Extend the fun with free downloadable learning activities that educate, entertain, and inspire – no matter what your age.

To send comments about the book, connect with the author, or offer additional feedback,  please use the Contact page on this website. We would love to hear from you!


Now you and your reading buddy can have even more fun with Stanley and his friends!

For information about planets, orbits, constellations and other exciting space topics, visit the NASA Space Place.

You can also download and print these activity pages:

To send us feedback, or a suggest a new activity,  please use the Contact page on this website. We would love to hear from you!


Meet the Author

Calendar of EventsWould you like to host an author visit and book signing for Preschool – Grade 1- aged children and the adults in their lives? Lora can read from her book and engage audiences of all ages in fun learning activities to help everyone find their own special sparkle.

If you would like to inquire about hosting a special event,  please use the Contact page on this website. We would love to hear from you!


Lora Rivers

When I was growing up in Wisconsin, I wrote poems, stories, and plays starting in grade school. I wanted to see more of the world, so I joined the Army after high school graduation and became a news reporter.

When I left the Army, I earned an undergraduate degree in communications. I wrote a newspaper column, annotated books, and even made some TV commercials. In graduate school, I co-wrote a book for teachers and parents about choosing educational software.

Lora Rivers, author of the "Bright Night Adventure" booksThat was a long time ago when personal computers were first introduced into the classroom. I received my master’s degree in education and specialized in educational media production: writing scripts for instructional videos, producing documentary films, and developing distance learning courses and websites.

Today I live with my husband and our little dog in rural Nebraska. I love to read, explore nature, and play games with my grandkids. I’m back doing the kinds of creative writing I loved to do as a child. I hope you have as much fun reading my books as I do writing them.

Erin Butcher

Erin ButcherMy very talented friend, Erin,  works in a variety of media to keep things fresh, from pencil on paper to digital drawings. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she lives.

Along with creating the whimsical illustrations for Stanley Stays Awake, Erin is working with me and a very skilled team of media artists to develop an animated video short about the benefits of group caregiving. The video should be available for distribution in Fall 2019.

Erin Butcher, illustrator of the "Bright Night Adventure" books

Erin is an enthusiastic zine artist, and also enjoys woodworking, gardening, and reading with her cat. You can view her art at www.erinbutcher.com or connect through Instagram @erinjbutcher.

David Frye

David FryeDavid Frye is another talented friend with so many skills I can’t remember them all. He designs and edits our books and supports this website. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics (!), a master of divinity degree, and a master of arts in journalism. A Pennsylvania native, he lived in Nebraska for 28 years but has now moved to Massachusetts with his wife to be closer to their grandchildren.

Currently working as a full-time postal clerk (with an insatiable interest in postal history), he moonlights as a freelance Web and print designer, editor, and writer with his own company called WideSky.biz.

David Frye, designer of the "Bright Night Adventure" booksDavid says he cannot remember a time when he could not read. He loved the summer reading club when he was a boy and now believes that a home can never have too many bookshelves. He has published his own book of poetry, Contact Sheet, available on Amazon.com.