Linda Crotta Brennan - Author of Books for Young Reader
Fiction Books

The Selkie's Daughter
A richly imagined fantasy set in Nova Scotia where a young girl--part selkie, part human--must save her family.

I am human upon dry land. I swim as selkie on the sea.

Selected as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard TitleIllustrator, Maxine Vee

Selected as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Title

Reading level: Ages 10-14
Hard Cover: 272 pages
Holiday House
Language: English

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Praise for The Selkie's Daughter:

"Expertly told in poetic fashion, this book will hook its readers from sentence one. Highly recommended for all who love fantasy, tragedy, history, and folklore."
—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A well-paced first-person narrative inspired by elements of Celtic folklore."

"This fresh and evocative tale, rendered in Brigit's clear voice, is propelled by a resilient protagonist toward a satisfyingly complex resolution."
—Publishers Weekly

"Readers just ready to dip their toes into selkie lore and Celtic legends la Jane Yolen will find an easy introduction here."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The tale's strength lies in its writing: well-drawn characters, a strong sense of place, vivid images of the natural world, and evocative fantastical elements. . . . An immersive reading experience threaded through with Celtic lore."
—Kirkus Reviews

Indie Next title January 2024
—American Bookseller's Association


Marshmallow Kisses
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award

Sun sings, wings fan. Swing on porch with toast and jam… From morning to firefly light, Marshmallow Kisses leads children through a day filled with simple summer joys.

"One of the Best Children's Books of the Year."
Bank Street College

"Joyfully evocative."

"Snippets of happy memories appear on every spread… "
School Library Journal

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Houghton Mifflin
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0618809031
ISBN-13: 978-0618809035

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Flannel Kisses
Listed in Best Books for Babies and Toddlers by Kathleen Odean

As cozy as soft flannel sheets, here is a joyful celebration of childhood and the perfect snowy day.

"With lighthearted, amusing rhyme, Brennan captures the joys children find in the simplest of pleasures."
School Library Journal

"An enjoyable book for winter story hours or a good-night tale for little ones who have had their own fun-filled snowy day."

"The wealth of detail and color in Takabayashi's densely patterned scenes counterbalances the spare text."
Publishers Weekly

"A soon-to-be favorite curl-up on a cold winter night."
 Children's Book Review Service

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Houghton Mifflin
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0618737529
ISBN-13: 978-0618737529

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The Dream Violin and Stories of Families around the World (contributor)

Paperback: 95 pages
Boyds Mills Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0875346235
ISBN-13: 978-0875346236

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Linda Crotta Brennan, award-winning writer of books for young readers, is the author of Marshmallow Kisses, Flannel Kisses, The Black Regiment
of the American Revolution, North Carolina: Rookie Read About Geography, Simple Economics Series, and a contributor to Women of the Golden State.
Ms. Brennan is available for writing workshops, school visits, book signings and book readings.