Margaret Brandt, M.F.A, has produced award-winning illustrations for the past forty-two years. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally on candy wrappers, billboards, advertisements, magazines and books. "Busy with Bugs" is her sixth children's book with Trickle Creek Books. The illustrations required extensive research into the fantastic world of bugs: "I am awed by the infinite diversity, beauty, and uniqueness of these creatures-and the important part they play in the world."
"Busy with Bugs" was chosen as the Award-Winner in the Children's Educational category of the "Best Books 2010" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. The book was also one of six finalists in the Children's Educational category of the 2011 International Book Awards sponsored by JPX Media Group. Ms. Brandt is currently working on a compilation of her poetry and her illustrations of dogs--in celebration of all the wonderful ways the human-dog connection enriches our lives.When Ms. Brandt is not hard at work illustrating, writing, or teaching college students; she gains inspiration from nature by gardening, hiking, kayaking, and bikejoring with her dogs. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three playful huskies.