New Easter Storybook Hops Into Spring!

So excited to have Danny’s newest story -just in time for Easter – which is a very good thing because that’s what it is all about!

Monster is looking silly in that Bunny suit!!

So it’s springtime and there’s work to be done to get the yard all cleaned up and ready for the Easter bunny and a good Easter egg hunt.

Monster is dancing around, looking for mischief. He can’t figure out why Danny is so busy when all he wants to do is play!

And then he hear something. It sounds like crying! Who could be sad? Why? And where?

So off goes monster to find the answers. You’ll find them too is you hop to it and get this fun little storybook.

Go to   Enjoy!

Danny’s Monster Goes To The Arboretum . . . newest book is available!

“Who’s a who?” asks a puzzled monster when he first sees the twins. . . and there’s good reason for his confusion! The boys, Kyle and Jordan, are identical twins and even their Gramma needs to have special ways to tell them apart!’

“Who’s a who?” asks monster when he sees the twins.

There’s lots of fun for boys and monster when they are romping in the Arboretum . . . and some trouble, too.

Be sure to get the book and read all about it!

Join Danny and his special friends as they hunt for giant frogs at the Arboretum!


New Danny Book Coming Soon!

Coming soon: Danny’s Monster Goes To The Arboretum!

Join Danny and his special friends as they hunt for giant frogs at the Arboretum!

The fun begins when Danny’s friends, twin boys Kyle and Jordan, invite him to go to the Arboretum with them. Their gramma, they call her Mimi, is taking them on a hunt for giant frogs!

Stand by for the launch of this new Danny Book!



New Christmas Story

Danny Books has a new rhyming story to light up the holiday season.

So excited to announce this delightful new book for the holiday season. It’s a celebration of kids, the monster  and colors for the year end special! This book features cute rhymes and giggles for the kids.

Monster loves da Christmas tree!
Monster loves da Christmas tree!

This is a Christmas story. Mostly silly and meant for fun with some very good ideas and values thrown in. . . like letting the children help with the cookie baking and tree decorating.

Oh dear, you say. It’s so much easier just to do it on my own. I totally agree, but, getting the kids involved adds an extra dimension to Christmas for them. Giving away some cookies that they have decorated “all by themselves!” puts tons of special meaning into the gift.

And those cards. . . well, anyone can get a card from the store, purchased by the box. But how many of us would (much) rather receive a hand-drawn picture card from a little kid – the funkier, the better.  Now that would be a special card!

Kids love to make cards!
Kids love to make cards!

I invite you to get this little book and enjoy for Christmas. Available in ebook version and paperback as well. And I wish I could send you all a batch of cookies and a bundle of Christmas Joy!

Danny's Monster Christmas Magic: A rhyming book to light up the season!
Danny’s Monster Christmas Magic: A rhyming story to light up the season!



Danny Books Free on Amazon

Time for sharing and promoting! Danny’s Magic Monster needs more children for the holidays – children to laugh at the funny things he does and giggle as they try to speak ‘monster speak’. Snizzle warts, let’s share the fun!
Free on amazon Nov.29-30

Please like, share, download, review .. all the good things a monster needs for happy. Just Click this link and get the book.

Next up will be Danny’s Monster Mischief, taking over the Free spot from December 1-4. More fun with the monster. Click here to get it!
Monster Mischief Free Dec. 1-4 Be sure to get it!

Last, but certainly not least, Becky the Butterfly Girl will also flutter onto the Free stage from Dec 1-4. This very special book has caught the attention of butterfly lovers, gardeners, and children who love nature all around the country. Be sure to read it with all the children you care about real soon! Click Here!

Let's visit Becky's yard and learn about Monarch butterflies!
Let’s visit Becky’s yard and learn about Monarch butterflies! Free Dec 1 – 4

All of these books are available as ebooks and also as paperback books – and all would make great gifts for the kids! Check out all of the Danny books at Janet Young’s Author Page:

And stay tuned for Danny’s Monster Christmas Magic . . . coming real soon!

Wild Ones National Journal Writes About “Becky the Butterfly Girl”

The following article was printed in the August/September/October 2016 Issue of the Wild Ones Journal by Barbara Benish:

“Becky the Butterfly Girl” will make you wish your child or grandchild was just like Becky — inquisitive and appreciative of nature and its many wonders.

And it might just be enough to get that special child in your life interested in caring for nature, and particularly for monarch butterflies.

Written by Janet Young, a member of the Greater DuPage, Illinois, chapter of Wild Ones, the story is about a real-life girl who happens to be Young’s friend, 6-year-old Becky Lecroy.

Becky’s parents, Joe and Sue, also belong to the Greater DuPage Wild Ones chapter. “Becky comes with her mother and father to all the Wild Ones meetings, and we’ve gotten to know her and she’s gotten to know us,” Young says.

“They’ve had yard showings and visits, and Becky is always there, full of enthusiasm as she tells us things about the garden or the butterflies.”

In the book, Becky gives readers a tour of her yard, telling visitors all about her parent’s special flowers and plants that make it a safe and welcoming place for birds, bugs and butterflies. Becky’s enthusiasm is captivating and you find yourself eagerly turning each page to see just what makes her yard so special.

You’ll learn about their pond, which is home to goldfish and provides drinking water for the animals that visit. She shows you birdhouses and bee houses, and a nest with eggs in a nearby bush.

But her favorite part of the garden is the milkweed area, where monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed  leaves. Once they hatch, the young caterpillars depend on the plant’s leaves for food.

Becky and her family carefully move the young caterpillars into a screened “nursery,” where she helps to take care of the caterpillars as they grow, eventually releasing them after they become butterflies.

The book explains in simple terms why lawns, while they might be neat and green, and chemicals and cement, aren’t the best for birds and bugs, and why birds and bugs depend on native plants and flowers to survive and thrive.

It also explains how to care for monarchs through – out their metamorphosis to butterflies.

Young, who is also author of Danny books for children, says she decided to write this story because children need to know more about nature.

“Kids today are so tied to computer games; this book allows them to learn … about the benefits of growing native plants and why using chemicals on plants can be harmful to birds, bugs and butterflies.”

The book is illustrated by Vladimir Cebu of the Philippines, who also illustrates Young’s Danny books. “I sent him many pictures so he would make Becky look like Becky,” Young says, noting she and Becky are pleased with the end result.

Amazon readers are also giving the book many positive reviews:

“This is a fun story for children to read; it took me back to the days when I was a kid chasing butterflies… Sometimes in our busy lives we tend to forget how things are created around us and it’s always a good reminder to stop and enjoy the beauty around us.”

“I really like the way the book was organized – as if I were taking a tour of the garden, and that the tour guide in the story is a child. I also appreciated the discussion of the importance of taking care of the world and the creatures in it.”

“I love reading about all the wonderful things you can find right in your own backyard. I feel inspired to start raising monarchs myself after reading the book.”

Published by Pine Lane Publishing, “Becky the Butterfly Girl” sells as a paperback or an e-book reader on Amazon at

August/September/October 2016 | Wild Ones Journal |


Danny’s Monster Goes to School!

Monster Goes to School !
Monster Goes to School !

Kids will love the story of monster – and how he becomes a ‘super-hero’ when two bigger kids try to bully Danny!

This is a great story to start the school year – but be sure to get all of the other Danny’s Monster books as well for lots of imagination, fun and silly adventures of this colorful little monster!

Check them out on my Author page –




New Danny Book Hit’s the Beach! – er, store

It's a fun day at the beach for Danny's monster!
It’s a fun day at the beach for Danny’s monster!

Be the first to buy and review “Danny’s Monster and the Sand People” and I will send you a signed copy of the print book as soon as I get them! Send me an email with your reviewer name to

Take a boy and his colorful monster, add a girl with a boat and her dolly – to the beach and you have the makings for a fun-filled adventure.

Stir in a sand castle in need of repair, a ba-zillion sand people – sand people??!! – some crabs and seagulls, and you have the recipe for a fun story that the kids will love . . . and that’s any kid, young or old, who has ever spent a delightful hour or two with a shovel and a bucket and a beach full of sand. Heaven!

This delightful little story is sure to please the child in everyone. “Snizzle warts and Jammy toes – Unless you trys it, you won’t knows!” says the monster.



Take a Walk – with a child. . .

One of my very favorite things – with my kids and grand kids, when they were toddlers to about age 6 -was going for a walk. It can be around the block, in a park or just out in the backyard garden.

Take along a little note pad and maybe a collection container – then make it an adventure, not just a ‘walk’. Throw some ideas out to the child, then listen/encourage/play.

What do I mean by that? Well, tell the child to listen to all the sounds they hear and then to tell you about them. “Shhh. Let’s be very quiet and listen to the sounds. What do you hear? What do you think is making that sound? Can you tell me what it looks like? big or little? bird or bug or ?”

Or try “Let’s see how many animals and bugs we can see on this adventure” and when the child sees something then ask “what is that bee doing?” or “where do you think that bird is going?” or “where does that squirrel live?”

You get the idea! Listen closely to their answers. Don’t be at all critical -just go with what they tell you and ask questions that encourage more ideas and imagination.

A walk/adventure like this was the foundation of a story – about a ladybug. Walking with my 4 year old granddaughter, looking for animals and bugs, she found a little red bug on a flower leaf.

We looked at it and I asked her what it was. She said it was a ladybug. “But don’t ladybugs have spots on them? I asked.

Little Meg cocked her head, put a finger to her chin, and said to me, very seriously “Yes, but this one lost them.”

“Oh,” I said. “How would a ladybug lose her spots?”

“I don’t know!” replied Megan with a big grin. “She just did. And now they’re all gone.”

“Well,” I continued the dialog, “What is she going to do with no spots?”

“I don’t know,” said Megan. “She’s very sad.”

“Oh dear,” I said. “Shall we put her in our little jar and help her look for her spots?”

Megan thought that was a wonderful idea and, carefully, we put the leaf with the ladybug into out little jar. It was ‘game on’ for the two of us!

We saw bees on some flowers. “Do you have the ladybug’s spots?” Megan asked them as they busily flew from flower to flower.

“What did the bees say?” I asked Meg.

“They just said buzzzzz! No spots!” she answered.

We saw a big cobweb with a spider hanging from a mailbox. Megan went right over to it and said “Did you take the ladybug’s spots? euuuu – you are a scary spider.” -and she ran back to me.

“No spots!” Meg said. “Let’s go.”

So on we went … and we saw birds, a big toad, a (plastic bunny who was no help at all!) lots of bugs – and, of course, every new creature we came to got asked if it had the ladybug spots.

We arrived back home with the ladybug but no spots. “Now what shall we do?” I asked. “Can we paint some spots on her?”

That made Megan laugh. “That wouldn’t work on a Bug – silly gramma!”

“Hey,” I asked. “Would it work if a Fairy did it? Maybe we can find a fairy garden.”

That idea hit home with Meg so our next mission was to find someone who had a fairy garden. It turned out that there was a house with a sweet little fairy garden not too far away – so off we went.

When we arrived, there were no fairies at home, so we left the little ladybug, still on her leaf, right on the tiny table in front of the fairy house.

“You tell the fairies to paint you some new spots,” Megan instructed the ladybug before we left her there. “Then you can fly away home and be happy.”

That night we told Megan’s mom and daddy about our adventure walk – and later we sat down and wrote a story about it.

And now, with some new little twists and turns, the story of “Lily The Ladybug Who Had No Spots” lives forever in the pages of the book!

Share some stories with us that you have made up with your kids or grand children! If you have such a story – and would like to see it turn into a little children’s book – send me an email at

Perhaps we can make it happen – and dedicate it to your child!

Here’s the link to our Ladybug story. Enjoy!

PS: We still love to walk – but the stories are very different now! (16 years later)

A garden adventure for Lily.
Lily the Ladybug – Will she find her spots?