Biography: "As a kid, when I daydreamed or played at being grown-up, I never imagined myself as a writer. Instead I dreamed of being a famous girl reporter, a secret agent, and a teacher."
With an imagination like that, it's hard to believe that Colorado native Julie Danneberg never considered a career as a writer.
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Julie became a teacher. In her classroom, she read many children's books, and witnessed the profound impact a good book can have on a child. "I was motivated to try and write books like the ones I enjoy reading."
When Julie became a mother, she began to seriously consider a career in writing. During weekly trips to the library with her children, she found herself enjoying the picture books as much as they did. "The funny thing is that my kids eventually graduated from the children's section of the library and I never did!"
Writing children's books was the perfect medium for blending Julie's many interests--working with kids, being home with her family, being creative, and being her own boss. She even fulfilled her childhood dreams of becoming the intrepid reporter and world-class secret agent through her research, writing and character development in her books.
Julie earned great success with First Day Jitters--the funny and engaging story of Sarah Jane Hartwell's first day at a new school. The surprise ending charms and delights readers time and again. Teachers and students alike love these stories and they are perennial favorites for back-to-school. Julie lives with her husband and two children in Denver. She teaches at a local middle school where she garners ideas for her books. When she's not writing, Julie enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Mary’s love for her father and her desire to get life back to “normal” push her to take a chance that restores her father’s spirit and brings her family a new life, strengthened by the hardships they have endured.
"[A] warm family story with characters a reader might like to know."
"[A] heartwarming novel about overcoming hardship."
--School Library Journal
By author: Julie DannebergIllustrated by: Judy Love ISBN: 978-1-58089-054-0
Ages: 5 - 9
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Will they like me? Will I make new friends? What if I don't like it? Follow Sarah Jane Hartwell as she tries to get up the courage to go to her first day at a new school. But things may not be quite what they seem!
"Every child who has moved to a new school or is simply reluctant to start a school year can identify with this wittily drawn and suspensefully told story. . . Funny and insightful."
By author: Julie DannebergIllustrated by: Judy Love ISBN: 978-1-58089-084-7
Ages: 6 - 9
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Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell, last seen in First Day Jitters, has set-up a classroom post office as part of her letter-writing curriculum. From missing class pets to science experiments gone awry, follow the hilarious antics of Mrs. Hartwell's class in letters written throughout the school year.
Sarah Jane Hartwell and her class are back, and the kids are looking forward to the last week of school before summer vacation. Worried that Mrs. Hartwell will miss them, the students make a plan to cheer her up. In a surprise ending, Mrs. Hartwell and her colleagues once again prove that teachers and students are more alike than different.
"What a perfect end to the school year."
— Kirkus Reviews
In November 1885, impressionist painter Claude Monet vacationed in Étretat, France, where he spent his days outside, painting scenes of the seaside village. One morning he rose early and carried all of his supplies and half-finished paintings out to the cliffs and rocky beach, finally stopping to paint the arch called Manneporte. Eager to capture the scene before him, and aware that he must work quickly to catch the light, Monet became so engrossed in his work that he forgot to watch the incoming tide.
"Young art lovers will appreciate this appealing glimpse into the life and work of Monet." --Kirkus Reviews
Spanish text follows a reluctant Sarah Jane Hartwell as she gets ready for her first day of school. Funny illustrations and a surprise ending will keep readers in stitches.
"This is a worthwhile addition to a collection geared toward children in the lower grades--especially those dreading the start of schools. It gently demonstrates that these fears, while common and long lasting, can be overcome." Criticas