Visiting Author for Schools: Julie Danneberg

Julie Danneberg

Julie is available to speak at SCHOOLS, FAMILY LITERACY NIGHTS, and for TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. She usually asks for a speaking fee for a full day visit, but fee is negotiable depending on travel time and school budget.

Flexible dates. (Please indicate your DATE and TIME OF DAY preference.)

Julie Danneberg

Julie Danneberg is the award-winning author of several picture books including the classic, First Day Jitters. She has also written a chapter book and middle grade nonfiction. She is a frequent presenter at both writing and educational conferences. She grew up in Denver and is proud to be a third generation native Coloradoan. An avid reader all her life, her interest in writing blossomed into a full-fledged passion when she began her teaching career. Her first book was published when her own children were small. Recently retired, Julie started out as an elementary special education teacher and later, moved to middle school, where she was both a special education teacher and an English teacher.  She loves to travel, bike, hike, sew, and visit schools to talk about writing.

ABOUT THE BOOKFirst Day Jitters
It’s the first day of school and Sarah Jane Hartwell doesn’t want to go. She refuses to get out of bed, her stomach hurts, and her hands are cold and clammy.  Even meeting the principal doesn’t make her feel better.  Young readers will be surprised as they follow Sarah Jane’s reluctant journey to her new classroom.

45-50 minutes. Julie’s standard presentation is a lively PowerPoint that takes listeners through all the stages of her writing process. She shares pages from her writing journal, talks about where she gets her ideas, shows some of her sloppy first drafts and of course piles and piles of revisions. As a classroom teacher herself, she loves to individualize the presentations to support each school’s curriculum.

Writing Workshops: Julie also leads Writing Workshops with smaller groups of students. Often, she comes in and gives her PowerPoint presentation to the entire school and then does break out writing workshops with individual grades. Lessons covered in past Writing Workshop have included: How to et and develop an idea, how to use a mentor text and how to make nonfiction research fun.

School Literacy Nights: For parents. Her presentation, “Creating Readers” uses her background as a reading specialist and a classroom teacher to share ways parents can get even reluctant readers interested in books. 


Elementary School, grades K-1: Read aloud John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall. Large group is fine.

Elementary School, grades 2-6: PowerPoint Presentation. Large group is fine.

Elementary/Middle School: grades: 2-8 Writing Workshops. 1-2 classes only.

Parents: Creating Readers 

Please see above!

Computer/laptop with PowerPoint and an outlet for flashdrive, projector, projector screen, microphone for a large group. And, a bottle of water.

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Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Julie's books:  Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


First Day Jitters (The Jitters Series #1) Cover Image
By Julie Danneberg, Judy Love (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580890618
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - February 1st, 2000

Last Day Blues (The Jitters Series #2) Cover Image
By Julie Danneberg, Judy Love (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580891042
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Charlesbridge - February 1st, 2006