would you like to
have a job that includes walking in the woods, catching bugs, pressing
wildflowers, and feeding fawns? Or what about a job that takes you to the
rainforests of Central America and to coral reefs in the Caribbean? These are
just a few of the things that Toni Albert enjoys in her work as a nature writer,
a teacher and environmentalist, and a small publisher who is committed to
"teaching kids to care for the Earth."
Albert founded Trickle Creek Books in 1994, she had already written more
than thirty books for top educational publishers, and her books were used in
schools across the country. She began to publish her own work, because she
wanted to create special books that would help children learn to love and
respect our Earth.
does all the work at
Trickle Creek Books? Two people¡ªBob and Toni Albert. They have a perfect
working relationship. Toni plans projects; Bob builds them. Toni takes notes;
Bob takes photos. Toni writes books; Bob does the prepress work. Toni takes book
orders; Bob packs and ships them. Well, you see how it works.
and Toni Albert live on twenty acres of wooded land near Mechanicsburg,
Pennsylvania. The woods around their home, the tiny creek (Trickle Creek) that
runs through the woods, and a large pond are a perfect laboratory for gathering
information and inspiration from nature.
new at Trickle Creek? We've
just finished a new book called Busy with Bugs: 160 Extremely Interesting
Things to Do with Bugs. The book buzzes with information and provides
an ant hill of activity for kids who love bugs and bug adventures. Hope you like
The judges at USA Book News did.
They chose Busy with Bugs as
the winner of a Best Books 2010 Award in the Children's Educational category. We
were competing with large mainstream publishers as well as other small
independent publishers. It's very gratifying and exciting to prove that
wonderful projects can be completed in a small home office. What an interesting
time we live in.
Albert, M.Ed., is an award-winning author of forty-one books, which are used by
teachers and children throughout the nation. Many of her books are about
endangered wildlife and endangered wild lands. Her book, The Incredible Coral
Reef, won a Teacher¡¯s Choice Award and a Parent¡¯s Choice Award. As an
author, publisher, and teacher, she is committed to teaching kids to care for
the Earth. Her books reflect her deep love of nature and motivate children to
explore, appreciate, and protect our natural environment.
Contact Toni Albert at
"Albert is nationally
recognized for her many literary contributions that serve to enlighten and
educate children and adults alike regarding environmental concerns. [She]
continues her strong and tireless campaign to teach children how to care for the
Earth and its inhabitants." ForeWord
the Illustrator - Ada Hanlon
Hanlon, an experienced artist in both fine
art and illustration, studied hundreds of art and photo references depicting
rainforest animals and reef critters before designing and illustrating The
Remarkable Rainforest and The Incredible Coral Reef for Trickle Creek
working for almost twenty years in the Art Department at Continental Press in
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Ada opened her own studio. She continued to produce
to be a cherished friend¡ªuntil her death
on December 21, 2008.
the Illustrator - Margaret Brandt
Brandt, M.F.A., has produced award-winning advertising and publishing
illustrations for the past 29 years. Her work has appeared nationally and
internationally on candy wrappers, billboards, advertisements, magazines, and
books. She has illustrated six books for Trickle Creek: four EcoJournals, I Heard the Willow Weep,
and Busy with Bugs.
Margaret is not hard at work teaching college students or illustrating, she
gains inspiration from nature by gardening, camping, and running with her team
of recreational sled dogs. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her
husband and seven pampered Siberian huskies.
the Illustrator - Carol Bowles
Bowles grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, earned a Bachelor of Science degree
in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University, and did graduate work
at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked as a commercial artist and as an
art teacher at the college level, but for the last ten years, she has been
producing and selling her own award-winning art.
Ms. Bowles enjoys photography, shotokan karate, foreign languages, and
traveling, she claims that her interests and hobbies are "art, art,
the illustrator of Saving the Rain Forest With Cammie and Cooper, her
favorite rainforest animal is a macaw¡ªlike Sunflower, of course! Our web site
illustrations are examples of her rainforest art.
Bowles lives in Kentucky.