Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

A Monument To Treasure

In this children's book, Bobby and his grandfather take a journey through the monument. Although their journey is fictional, all of the places and activities in the story are real and can be visited.

Order Online: $19.95

Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom have been a writing team for more than six years. Before writing children's books, Susan taught elementary school and Debbie worked in television production. They met when Debbie's daughter was a student in Susan's class, and they have been friends ever since.

Their first book. The Best Place to Read (Random House, 2003), a best-selling picture book, celebrates the joy of reading. Their sequel is The Best Time to Read (Random House, 2005). They have also written City Hall-The Heart of Los Angeles.

"Writing A Monument to Treasure has brought us an exciting year of discovery. These mountains are filled with sweet surprises." Debbie and Susan live in Rancho Mirage, California.

Stuart Funk is Art Director of Palm Springs Life. He moved to the Coachella Valley after attending Long Beach State University, where he studied drawing and painting.

Stuart has worked as an illustrator for many national outdoor magazines. He enjoys hiking, camping and exploring nature. A Monument to Treasure is his debut for younger readers.

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto National Monument

“One of the fondest memories I have since being elected to Congress was taking a three-day trail ride on horseback from the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (after hiking the first five or so miles) along the Pacific Crest Trail.”
– Rep. Mary Bono

Bureau of Land Management