Linda Crotta Brennan

Linda Crotta Brennan is the award-winning author of more than twenty books for children including Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency, When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story, and The Black Regiment of the American Revolution. For many years, Ms. Brennan taught and worked in libraries. Now she writes full-time, her golden retriever at her feet.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Where’s Pa going with that axe?”—Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Cynthia Voigt, Robert McCloskey, Natalie Babbitt

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love playing with words, evoking new worlds of the imagination.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Write for joy.