Julie Danneberg photo "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 is a retired middle school teacher who lives with her husband in Boulder, Colorado. When she's not writing, Julie enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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Books by Julie Danneberg

First Day JittersQue NerviosThe Big TestValentine's Day JittersField-Trip FiascoPicture Day JittersSchool Year Jitters Sick Day Jitters Last Day Blues Author Visit Jitters John Muir Wrestles a WaterfallMonet Paints a DayFamily Reminders