Linda Crotta Brennan - Author of Fiction and Non-Fiction for Kids

 

 

Books For Learning

When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story
Written by Linda Crotta Brennan, illustrated by Lisa Greenleaf

Winner of:

  • 2013 Green Book Award in History
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book (Children's Book Council and the National Council for the Social Studies)
  • Outstanding Science Trade Book (Children's Book Council and the National Science Teachers' Association)
  • Moonbeam Children's Book Award Gold Medal
  • Green Book Festival Award in History

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Once in America, people had a different way of thinking. We had won WWII and our resources were limitless. Rivers carried our garbage away. Smog had the smell of prosperity. And DDT was a wonder weapon against insect enemies.

Then birds began dropping from our skies. The Cuyahoga River caught fire. And smog killed townspeople in Donora, Pennsylvania.

No one in Washington seemed to care.

But the environment had one champion, Senator Gaylord Nelson. Flying to an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, he got an idea. He hired a college student, Denis Hayes, to make it happen. The result was the largest demonstration in US history.

RL 6, ages 12 and up
Interest level: grades 6 and up
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher:
Apprentice Shop Books, LLC
ISBN 978-0-9842549-9-6

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When Rivers Burned




 

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidency
The longest serving president in U.S. history, Franklin D. Roosevelt led our country out of the depths of the Great Depression and through war to become a major world power. His far reaching policies still affect our lives today.

Grade 8-12
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Series: Presidential Powerhouses
ISBN: 978-1467779289

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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency




 

The Black Regiment of the American Revolution
Paperback
Publisher:
Apprentice Shop Books, LLC; 3rd edition
ISBN-10: 0972341099
ISBN-13: 978-0972341097

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Offered freedom in return for fighting for the patriot cause, slaves rushed to join the Rhode Island First Regiment. Their "Black Regiment" became one of the finest military units in the Revolutionary War.

"A thoroughly documented, endearing testimony of the roles of African American patriots. I highly recommend this book for young children."
Charles L. Brockson - Temple University

"It is so important for us to hear our history. This book highlights a little known fact about a proud people's service to this country."
Alma L. Powell - Co-Chair, America's Promise, The Alliance for Youth

"This book reports the heroism of the the Black Regiment, and the recognition is long overdue."
Bruce Sundlun - Former Governor of Rhode Island

"As an African American who appreciates history fully told, I have awaited the day this story of the brave Black Regiment would be known ... by children throughout the country."
Ray Rickman - Rhode Island Public Television




 

Understanding Taxes
Why do we need to pay taxes? What do our taxes pay for? How are taxes collected? How can you make your taxes work for you?

Grade: 4-8 RL: 5.8
Publisher:
Cherry Lake Publishing
Series: Real World Math: Personal Finance
ISBN:  978-1633625778

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Understanding Taxes




 

Tell Me Why There is Day and Night
Young children are naturally curious about animals, the world around them, and themselves. The Tell Me Why series offers answers to their most compelling questions. Age-appropriate explanations and appealing photos encourage readers to continue their quest for knowledge. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.

Grades: 2-5 RL: 3.0
Publisher:
Cherry Lake Publishing
Series: Tell Me Why Library

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Tell Me Why There is Day and Night




 

Tell Me Why Leaves Change Color
Young children are naturally curious about animals, the world around them, and themselves. The Tell Me Why series offers answers to their most compelling questions. Age-appropriate explanations and appealing photos encourage readers to continue their quest for knowledge. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.

Grades: 2-5 RL: 3.0
Publisher:
Cherry Lake Publishing
Series: Tell Me Why Library

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Tell Me Why Leaves Change Color




 

Tell Me Why We Have Earthquakes
Young children are naturally curious about animals, the world around them, and themselves. The Tell Me Why series offers answers to their most compelling questions. Age-appropriate explanations and appealing photos encourage readers to continue their quest for knowledge. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.

Grades: 2-5 RL: 3.0
Publisher:
Cherry Lake Publishing
Series: Tell Me Why Library

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Tell Me Why We Have Earthquakes




 

Tell Me Why We Have Tornadoes
Young children are naturally curious about animals, the world around them, and themselves. The Tell Me Why series offers answers to their most compelling questions. Age-appropriate explanations and appealing photos encourage readers to continue their quest for knowledge. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.

Grades: 2-5 RL: 3.0
Publisher:
Cherry Lake Publishing
Series: Tell Me Why Library

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Tell Me Why We Have Tornadoes




 

 

The Boston Tea Party
The real events of the Boston Tea Party as told from the perspective of a colonial merchant's wife, a British soldier, and a patriot. Things can look different, depending on your point of view.

Grade 4 - Grade 8, Reading Level: 5.0
Publisher:
Cherry Lake Publishing
Series: Perspectives Library
ISBN: 9781624314162

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The Boston Tea Party




 

The Gulf Oil Spill
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This book explores one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.

Grades 3-5, reading level 4
Publisher:
Abdo Publishing Co.
Series: History's Greatest Disasters
ISBN: 9781617839573

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The Gulf Oil Spill




 

 

Women of the Ocean State:
25 Rhode Island Women You Should Know
Written by Linda Crotta Brennan and others
Part of the American Notable Women Series

Rhode Island's women have given this small state a huge historical footprint. Accomplishments in business, activism, sports, and the arts make the Ocean State a model for women's achievements.

RL 5.5 ages 9 and up
Interest level: Grades 5 and up
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher:
Apprentice Shop Books , LLC
ISBN 978-0-9842549-7-2

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Women of the Prairie State:
25 Illinois Women You Should Know
(written by Marty Darragh, Jo Pitkin and others
Part of the American Notable Women Series
Reading level: Grades 5 and up
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: Apprentice Shop Books , LLC
ISBN 978-0-9842549-2-7

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These pioneers, torchbearers, and trendsetters of the Prairie State were everyday women who accomplished both personal and professional goals through their strength and determination.




 

 

Women of the Empire State:
25 New York Women You Should Know
(written by Debra Bruss and others) part of the American Notable Women Series
Reading level: Grades 5 and up
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher:
Apprentice Shop Books , LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9723410-8-0

Being "first" means breaking barriers. Students will learn how these New York women overcame challenges and became leaders in medicine, journalism, science, and the arts.

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Women of the Golden State:
25 California Women You Should Know
(written by Linda Crotta Brennan and others) part of the American Notable Women Series
Paperback
Publisher:
Apprentice Shop Books , LLC
ISBN-10: 0-9723410-6-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-9723410-6-6

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What do these 25 ladies have in common? Strength, creativity, and tenacity.

This book provides a basic introduction to biography by sharing the stories of these fabulous women. It's all here: illustrated profiles, glossaries, further reading, timelines, and captivating "Tidbits."

The book is meant for intermediate readers in grades 4-7.




 

 

Simple Economics
Series of 8 Titles, The Child's World
Simple Economics introduces the basics of economics through stories about two children and their experiences with their business: a lemonade stand. Join Mia and Tomas as they learn about a variety of economics topics, including banking, bartering, and even the stock market. The economy affects everyone, and this series provides important information readers will use throughout their lives as consumers--and possibly as business owners.
Hardcover, eBook
Available as single book or full series of 8 titles
Reading Level: Grades 2-5, 24 pages

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  • Banking
     
  • Bartering
     
  • Managing Money
     
  • Payment Methods
     
  • Supply and Demand
     
  • Taxes
     
  • The History of Money
     
  • The Stock Market




 

Birth of the United States
Reading level: Grades 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher:
Cherry Lake Publishing
ISBN: 9781610801973

Following a student helping set up a museum display, this title chronicles the history of the United States, from the causes of the American Revolution to the birth of the new nation.

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North Carolina: Rookie Read-About Geography
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher:
Children's Press (CT)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0516278223
ISBN-13: 978-0516278223

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Linda Crotta Brennan, award-winning writer of books for children, 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.