Julie Danneberg

MONET PAINTS A DAY: Copyright 2012, Charlesbridge Publishing, Illustrated by Caitlin Heimerl

THE BIG TEST, copyright 2011, Charlesbridge Publishing. Illustrated by Judy Love

FAMILY REMINDERS, Copyright 2009,Charlesbridge Publishing. Illustration by John Shelley

COWBOY SLIM; Illustration copyright 2006 by Margot Apple with permission of Charlesbridge Publishing.

LAST DAY BLUES: Illustration copyright 2006 by Judy Love with permission of Charlesbridge Publishing.

FIRST YEAR LETTERS; Illustration copyright 2003 by Judy Love with permission of Charlesbridge Publishing.

FIRST DAY JITTERS: Illustrations copyright 2000 by Judy Love with permission of Charlesbridge Publishing.

MARGARET'S MAGNIFICENT COLORADO ADVENTURE: Illustrations copyright 1999 by Ian Paton with permission of Westcliffe Publishing.

WOMEN WRITERS OF THE WEST: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.

WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE WEST: Fulcrum Publishing 2002.

AMIDST THE GOLD DUST: Fulcrum Publishing, 2001.


Welcome to my website. Actually, I'm pretty darn proud of it. For me, working on the computer is harder than writing a book! So, I'm glad you stopped by for a visit.

Here I am, sitting if front of a quilt I made for my daughter.

Let's see....you probably want to find out a little bit about me. Well, I live in Denver, Colorado with my two adorable kids and my extremely intelligent husband (they made me say that!). During the week I work as a middle school teacher. I really like to teach and of course, being around kids all day gives me LOTS and LOTS of ideas!

On the weekends, if I'm lucky, I like to do things with my family. This is an old picture of my kids when they were younger.

Here are the kids enjoying their time with the family! The sign told me to control my children but unfortunately, I can't.

I have lots of hobbies. I LOVE to read, garden, bike, travel, listen to music and sew. Sometimes, if I'm really lucky, I can do more than one hobby at a time. I like working on a quilt while I'm flying on an airplane and I listen to music while I garden. I still haven't figured out how to read while I ride my bike, though. If I do, I'll let you know!

A rose from my garden.

As you might have noticed, I don't have tons of time to write. So, I get up VERY early every morning and spend the first hour of my day writing. Sometimes I'm just coming up with ideas, sometimes I'm revising and editing an old story, and sometimes I'm drafting a new story. Whatever I do, working in my writer's notebook is always a peaceful, creative way to start my day.
If I have time, I try to work in the evenings, but no matter what, I work every morning, seven days a week. You'd be surprised how much you can accomplish in an hour a day.

One big help for my writing is my CRITIQUE GROUP. This a a group of fellow writers. We meet every month (via email and the internet) to share and critique our latest manuscripts. I trust their input and their honesty and without their A-okay, I don't feel a story is completely done.

If you want to find out more about me, or about what its like to be a writer check out the FAQ section of this website. On that page I've tried to answer some of kid's most frequently asked questions.

Selected Works

Picture Book
Claude Monet, the famous Impressionist painter, is so engrossed in capturing the light as it reflects off of the sea that he doesn't see the big wave until it drags him and his painting into the water!
Picture Books
As her students grow increasingly anxious about the Big Test, Mrs. Hartwell realizes she has to teach the most valuable test-taking skill of all; learning to relax.
Cowboy Slim can't rope, whip or ride so he uses his poetry to save the day!
Students worry about Mrs. Hartwell missing them during summer vacation.
Sarah Jane Hartwell struggles through her first year of teaching.
Sarah Jane Hartwell does NOT want to go to her first day of school!
Peak into Margaret's journal as she travels with her family through Colorado.
Chapter Book
After her father loses his leg in a mining accident, Mary McHugh's family is in trouble and she must find a way to help them.
Biography Collection
Meet five notable women writers of the old West.
Georgia O'Keeffe, Laura Gilpin, Mary-Russell Colton, Maria Martinez, and Dorothea Lange. Five women who shaped our vision of the West with their art.
Clara Brown, Nellie Cashman, Molly Brown, Sarah Winnemucca, and Isabella Bird. Read about five courageous women of the pioneer west.