Linda Costarella


The author of a middle grade novel, a children’s chapter book, and a young adult novelette, Linda loves writing engaging books with positive messages for children. Although these books are targeted for youth, her goal as a writer is to create enjoyable, memorable, and worthwhile books that people of all ages will enjoy.

Her passion for reading began in elementary school. By the third grade, she was zipping through book after book, enjoying the stories, the characters, and even the lessons learned along the way. Not too long after that, she discovered a love for writing, which grew as she got older. Her favorite class in high school was Creative Writing.

A retired reading and special education teacher with a doctorate in education, Linda lives in New York with her husband and son and their Maltese poodle (Malti-doodle), who inspired her children’s novel, No Dog Food, Please! This work began as a poem and grew into a novel.

Linda is looking forward to publishing more children’s books in the future. Her wish is that young people will get as much joy from reading as she did as a child and still does to this day. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated, “Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life.”


No Dog Food Please!

A yellow Labrador Retriever named Jack narrates the story of his new life after being moved from his home in Florida to a farm in upstate New York.

The owners of the farm, Miguel and Isabel Fernandez, have two daughters, Melanie and Lily, and an adopted son named Ben.

Their Chihuahua, Angelica, has lived on the farm since she was a puppy. Also, Grandma and Grandpa reside in a cottage nearby.

Filled with surprises and life lessons, this heartwarming story will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Included at the back of the publication are a glossary of English and Spanish terms used in the story and 15 discussion questions.

Missing My Best Friend

Missing My Best Friend

Daniel is almost nine years old. He loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian some day. Though he is shy, he is very comfortable talking to his best friend Jonathan.

When Jonathan’s family moves away, Daniel is heartbroken. To make matters worse, just before he moves, Jonathan says that he won’t be able to talk to Daniel anymore. Will fourth grade be any fun for Daniel without his best friend?

Included at the back of the publication are a glossary of Spanish terms used in the story and ten discussion questions.