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Watch Sneed's hair-raising, spine-tingling entry video for the CBS reality show "The Amazing Race". While filming this video, they come across wild wolves and crazy dogs, have to slide down zip lines, and even face a man-eating crocodile! The video was so frightening that the Amazing Race people didn't even choose Sneed and his team-mate Bruce Weide to go on the show. How could the CBS folks have been so gutless???

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Latest You Tube  Collard encourages young people to see science as an integrated part of their lives — and not as some complicated school subject removed from day-to-day life. . . . "It just talks about my thoughts about science and science writing in general and describes my dive in a submersible."

Amazing Race "See more photos of Sneed and keep up with his latest writing and speaking activities by joining his Face Book Fan Page."

BlogDo you love nonfiction books as much as I do? If so, check out blogging from Sneed and other top nonfiction authors on I.N.K.--the website for Interesting Nonfiction for Kids. Each contributor posts once a month. Get real with nonfiction!

Blog Interview Check out this new interview with Sneed at the Wordswimmer blog!

Sneed B. Collard III is the author of the award-winning books Double Eagle; Shep Our Most Loyal Dog; Dog Sense; Pocket Babies and Other Amazing Marsupials; and The Prairie Builders—Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands, winner of 2006 AAAS/Subaru/Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Sneed has evolved through several life-history stages on his way to becoming one of today's leading children's authors. His first book, Sea Snakes, was published in 1993. His sixty-fifth (or so)  book (who’s counting?), Cartwheel—A Sequel to Double Eagle, will be released Spring, 2013. In 2006, Sneed was the recipient of the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Children's Nonfiction Writer of the Year Award for his body of work.

In 2010, Sneed sought to address the shortage of quality regional children’s books by launching his own publishing company, Bucking Horse Books. Distributed by Mountain Press, (800) 234-5308, Bucking Horse Books will release books of special interest to kids and educators in the West. The first title will be The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, to be followed by The Governor’s Dog is Missing, the first in a series of Montana mysteries. To learn more about Bucking Horse Books, look up their website

When Sneed is not writing or publishing, he can often be found speaking to students, conducting teacher workshops, and walking his Frisbee-catching border collie, Mattie. 

Winner of the
AAAS 2006
Subaru/SB&F Prize
images/SneedCollard/SneedNewpix/small026.jpg    As you can see,
Sneed's dog Mattie
loves to catch Frisbees.
The challenge is getting
it away from her!

Published Books Fiction
                            Non Fiction below

Sneed B. Collard III's Most Fun Book Ever
Sneed B. Collard III (Author) Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 48 pages Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (February 1, 2012) ISBN-10: 1580893244 ISBN-13:978-1580893244

 He introduces readers to an impressive gallery of lizards, from the garden-variety Western fence lizard to the Texas horned lizard, with a face only a mother could love.

Editorial Reviews
From Booklist:
With a pleasant, conversational text and ample, fascinating photographs, this will engage readers from beginning to end. Those already enamored of lizards will find much to like, while those less charmed may just catch some of the author’s enthusiasm for his scaly subjects. Collard’s playful style is reminiscent of a captivating nature program, complete with excellent pacing—each section ends with a cliffhanger drawing the reader onward. The many close-up photographs, often showing the lizards with what seems to be almost mammal-like expressions, are appealing, though readers are strongly cautioned against getting lizards as pets. The design of the book is also impressive: well-captioned photos are strategically placed and balanced with appealing blocks of text. A short glossary and list of further reading are included. Fans of Nic Bishop Lizards (2010) who are looking for more information on the topic will especially appreciate this title. — Randall Enos

From Children's Literature

Which are the most common reptiles on earth? Lizards! Kids may be surprised to learn that there are over five thousand species of these intriguing saurians; Collard demonstrates his enthusiasm in reader-friendly text and his own striking color photographs. (Several from remote areas like the Galapagos Islands have been contributed by others.) Lizards, he explains, have scaly skin; a versatile tail; territories for mating and hunting whatever they can swallow; and are mostly heat-seekers to keep themselves mobile. Aspiring herpetologists will meet some spectacular species like the huge ten foot, 300 lb. Komodo dragon that can actually eat people—fortunately for us they are confined to six islands of Indonesia. Other lizard stars include the orange and black Gila monster of our Southwest, and the long-tongued panther chameleon, who resembles a brightly beaded and jeweled artifact. Using many strategies to catch insect prey, some land lizards eat cacti as well (shown in a close-up of a spiky iguana crunching on tough spines), while marine lizards dive for algae. Most are well camouflaged, demonstrated by Sneed's photo of a large basilisk, almost invisible among forest leaves. Since heat is necessary to "thermal regulators," kids discover that no large lizards live in cold climates, while many of the smaller ones prefer deserts or tropical habitats. Sneed describes with gusto rare saurians that can fly, swim, and walk on water (basilisks), even some that have no legs and live underground, like the eastern glass lizard. As with most wildlife today, lizards suffer from hunting by humans, loss of habitat, and capture as exotic pets; the author is especially vehement about not keeping them for pets. Full of detailed information, fascinating photographs, and Montana-native Sneed's particular brand of puckish humor, this appealing book will make a popular addition to any reptile collection. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

From Kirkus Reviews
This lively, information-packed introduction to the world of lizards describes their surprising variety and life in the wild and offers cautions from a long-time reptile fan for those who want to keep lizards as pets. Collard, who introduced middle-grade readers to Mesozoic reptiles with Reign of the Sea Dragons (2008), turns his attention here to modern-day lizards. After presenting an exemplar, "Joe Lizard," a western fence lizard, he goes on to describe other well-known species, including Komodo dragons, Gila monsters, chameleons and iguanas, as well as some with unusual talents, including "religious lizards" that can walk on water. He covers eating and being eaten, the ways saurians keep warm and reproduce, and threats to their survival. His information is solid and clearly organized but conveyed in a relatively lengthy, chatty narrative whose occasional exaggerations may surprise some readers, who will need his warning, "Just kidding." Sentences trail off into ellipses, encouraging readers to keep turning the pages. Most of the appealing and well-reproduced photographs were taken by the author. Close-ups show lizard characteristics (the break line for a new tail, a monitor's forked tongue); longer shots show them in their natural habitat. Captions and sidebars add further information. For readers intrigued by Nic Bishop Lizards (2010), this may lead to true lizard-love.

The Governor's Dog is Missing - Slate Stephens Mysteries
by Sneed Collard III, Reading level: Ages 9-12, Hardcover: 176 pages, Publisher: Bucking Horse Books; First edition (April 1, 2011)

ISBN-13: 978-0984446018
To Order: contact Mountain Press,
  (800) 234-5308, or click this link

The official Montana 
representative for the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. this fall.

What do you do when Montanas biggest mysteries land in your lap? If youre Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney, you get busy solving them. With geologist dads who haul them around the state, the twelve-year-old detectives have a knack for encountering unsolved casesand landing in heaps of trouble.

In The Governors Dog is Missing Slate and Daphne find themselves in the Montana capital of Helena. One morning, news erupts across the stateGovernor Ricksons famous dog Cat has disappeared! Suspecting foul play, Slate and Daphne assemble a list of suspects, including the Governor himself. Then, they set out to prove their suspicions. Unfortunately, the truthand Slates and Daphnes relationshipprove far more complicated than they ever imagined.

images/SneedCollard/BuckingHorse.jpgThe World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale
by Sneed B. Collard III, Reading level: Young Adult, Hardcover: 64 pages, Publisher: Bucking Horse Books; first edition (August 1, 2010) ISBN-10: 0984446001
 ISBN-13: 978-0984446001 To Order: contact Mountain Press,   (800) 234-5308,  

   or click this link

Finalist for the
High Plains Book Awards

Strap yourself in and get ready for the chute to open! You are about to launch into one of the West's premier rodeo events, the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. Begun sixty years ago as a way for local ranchers to get rid of "spoiled" and unruly ranch horses, the Sale today has grown into a four-day celebration of rodeo, ranching, arts, and culture. It is, quite simply, the Cowboy Mardi Gras.

 In The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, author Sneed B. Collard III helps bring this Western celebration alive. Through extensive interviews, spectacular photographs, and an action-filled blow-by-blow account of the festivities, the author gives readers a ringside seat to this iconic event.With his meticulous research and descriptions, he guarantees that the only thing better than reading this book is going to the Bucking Horse Sale itself.

Editorial Reviews
From BookList
Once a year, Miles City, Montana, becomes home to a celebration like no other. Collard takes readers inside the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, a four-day event that draws visitors from across the country. Started in 1951 as a sale of wild horses, it's evolved into a jamboree of music, rodeo, food, contests, and a parade. A concert kicks things off on Thursday. On Friday. it*s bull busting, where the brave get aboard bulk and the even braver distract the bulk once the rider is thrown. On Saturday, its bucking broncs and the horse auction; Sunday ends the fim with races. An extensive; text looks at all these events and more, even getting into such topics as the decline of the small western town. Plenty of action-filled color photographs break up the narrative, most of them contemporary but some archival as welL Handsomely designed, with buff pages that resemble pieces of parchment and endpaper maps, this is a fascinating look at a fresh topic. A glossary and a page of books, videos, and websites for "further learning" round this up. —llene Cooper


by Sneed B. Collard III, Reading level: Ages 9-12. Hardcover: 256 pages, Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (April 1, 2009)

ISBN-10: 156145480X ISBN-13: 978-1561454808

The year is 1862. The Skink, a Confederate ship, is attacked by Union forces and sinks off the Alabama coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the ship was rumored to be carrying newly minted gold coins, no trace of the wreck and not even a single piece of Confederate gold is ever found.

Fast forward to 1973. Mike is prepared for another routine summer in Pensacola with his marine biologist father. But plans suddenly change and Mike finds himself on Shipwreck Island near the site where the Skink went down and right in the middle of a century-old mystery!

Honors and Awards
Selection for the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
2010 Young Adult Top Forty list

Selection for the 2010 Kansas State
Reading Circle Catalog

Selection for Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Master List 2010 – 2011

Editorial Reviews
From Kirkus ...
While visiting his father on a barrier island near Mobile, Ala., 13-year-old Mike Gilbert finds a friend, a gold coin,lost treasure and more excitement than he'd bargained for. This suspenseful adventure opens with an introductory section describing the last run of the Skink, a paddle-wheel steamer escaping New Orleans in 1862.More than 100 years later, in June 1973, a salvage boat searches for the wreck just offshore, while Mike and Kyle explore a crumbling Civil War fort where they find a gold coin that might have been part of the load the Skink carried. Not surprisingly, the boys attract the attention of other treasure seekers, some of them armed. Although the setup requires some historical background and coin-collecting details, Mike's first-person narration moves along quickly, the action spiraling to a climactic confrontation just before a devastating hurricane. A final chapter a news story dated November 2009 allows readers to imagine a highly satisfactory ending. Reluctant readers carried along by the plot will encounter some interesting history along the way. (Thriller. 10-14)

From Booklist When Mike's biologist father takes a job teaching at a marine lab on an island off the Alabama coast, the 13-year-old has no idea he's about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. But then he and a new friend, nosing around an old Civil War fort, find something that promises to change their lives - if they survive their find, that is, and the ensuing search for answers to a puzzling and dangerous mystery. For not only are other antagonistic searchers involved but a class 4 hurricane is also headed directly for the island. Batten down the hatches! Collard's engaging story, set in 1973, offers a diverting, page-turning mystery with some nicely integrated bits of Southern history. As for Mike and his friend Kyle, they're well-realized teen characters; and though Collard leaves some loose ends dangling, his plot has enough twists and turns to hold readers' attention to the end. - Michael Cart

Global Warming: A Personal Guide to Causes and Solutions by Sneed Collard III

Global warming is no longer a debate. The real question is how we as individuals and societies are going to tackle it. In Global Warming: A Personal Guide to Causes and Solutions, award-winning science author Sneed B. Collard III clearly explains the roots of global warming, its implications for our planet, and the choices we all have for solving—or ignoring—the most serious environmental problem of the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews

Collard’s slim, informative volume packs a punch. He writes from the assumptions that global warming is a given, and the only way to stem the tide is to become proactive beyond recycling. The subtitle, “A Personal Guide to Causes and Solutions,” brings the topic down to the individual level with emphasis on the difference one person can make, whether by carpooling to work, using fluorescent light bulbs, turning off lights when leaving the room, or buying local. Collard’s tone is earnest and appealing, and his expertise enlightens but does not overwhelm. Lots of photographs, drawings, and short chapters make the content accessible even to reluctant readers. Many resources, print and web-based, are listed for further exploration. An excellent choice for school and public library collections.

— Melissa Moore This book has broad appeal for students, teachers, and the general public looking to inform themselves on the legitimate issues surrounding global warming. This book is a companion piece to the learning strategies and content area reading curriculum for secondary students, CRISS for Students II: Learning to Succeed by Lynn T. Havens. The curriculum includes Global Warming, student learning guides, a teacher wraparound edition with PowerPoint slides and blackline masters.

Science Warriors: The Battle Against Invasive Species(Scientists in the Field)
by Sneed B. Collard III (Author) Reading level: Ages 9-12, 48 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN-10: 0618756361 ISBN-13:978-0618756360 ORDER

There are 6,200 known invasive species in the United States, and scientists are scrambling to stop their unique paths of destruction, which can take a huge toll on regional economies and ecosystems. To effectively combat an invader, scientists must know the organism inside and out: What does it eat? How does it reproduce? What was its environment like in its native home? There are many questions, but just one right answer might yield a weakness in the enemy. In this entry in the Scientists in the Field series, Sneed B. Collard III introduces readers to some of the most brilliant minds, and promising advances, in the war against invasive species.

2009 Green Earth Book honor Book
Editorial Reviews

"The ants steal the show: super-close-up photos capture their swarming, maps sketch out their infestation, and a subsection details how the phorid fly actually emerges from the head of an ant. It's plenty gross and very exciting, but Collard makes sure readers realize it is not a laughing matter: invasive species cost us $137 billion annually, all the more reason for the back matter describing how readers can help the cause."--

"[Collard] shows how these endeavors just scratch the surface of a global problem and describes attempts by scientists and the government to try to prevent the transfer of species. The clear and helpful color photographs portray the scientists at work in field and laboratory settings, as well as the featured plants and animals. The final pages include steps readers can take to help fight invasive species and a call for more public funding to fight invaders."--
Horn Book

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Reign of the Sea Dragons
by Sneed B. Collard III (Author), Andrew Plant (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 64 pages Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing; 1 edition (July 2008)

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While dinosaurs dominated Earth during the Mesozoic era, an astonishing collection of reptiles, often referred to as sea dragons, filled the oceans. But where did these sea dragons come from? Where did they go? Award-winning science writer Sneed B. Collard III delivers a dramatic account of our growing understanding of the evolution, survival, and finally, the extinction of these extraordinary animals.
Editorial Reviews
From Kirkus
"A solid addition to dino-shelves . . ." From Booklist - July 1, 2008...While
dinosaurs walked the earth, the sea dragons ruled the seas. So explains Collard in this exciting volume that looks at some of the ancient reptiles that filled the oceans during the Mesozoic period. Chatty and informal, his text is packed with scientific fact .... about several of the extraordinary marine creatures, including information about size, weight, anatomy, and behavior. Plant's illustrations --small diagrams in black and white as well as glowing acrylic full-page pictures--will attract readers to the astonishing science, as will the sometimes gruesome detail about curved daggerlike teeth, massive jaws, and other features that made the reptiles "efficient killing and eating machines.

"From School Library Journal - July 15, 2008An arresting dust jacket depicting a humongous pliosaur snapping huge toothy jaws at a small, long-necked plesiosaur is an attention-grabber, but it is the informative text that brings these real sea monsters to life. Collard follows his usual pattern of careful organization, with a readable text and up-to-date information to present these Mesozoic marvels to budding marine paleontologists. Plant has provided five full-color paintings, but it is his numerous black-and-white drawings that lend sturdy anatomical and physical information. Several shaded boxes discuss such topics as Mary Anning's contributions to marine reptile discoveries. Collard's discussion on extinction theories is cogent as well. While not as large or as colorfully dramatic as Mike Everhart's much more difficult Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep (National Geographic, 2007), this simpler work gives a lucid look into strange prehistoric seas.   .

NSTA Recommends - July 15, 2008  Sifting through the sands of Germany, scouring through fossil records, and piecing together paleontological clues, Sneed B. Collard III introduces us to mysterious marine reptiles in Reign of the Sea Dragons. Spanning the Mesozoic era, these creatures ruled the waters until the K-T extinction event that devastated 85% of the Earth's species, including the sea dragons..... The Reign the of the Sea Dragons provides the initial impetus for the intermediate reader to pursue further information. A comprehensive glossary and index are available for reference. Additional resources from museums, the author's research notes, and websites are included. The text is thoroughly engaging and will mesmerize the budding paleontologist.

by Sneed B. Collard III (Author), Phyllis V. Saroff (Illustrator) Reading level:Ages 4-8 Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (January 15, 2008)  
ISBN-10: 1580891217 ISBN-13: 978-1580891219
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Humans and many animals use teeth to chew their food, but teeth are also used to attract mates and warn off predators. Science writer Sneed B. Collard III explores the various functions, structures, and number of animals' teeth. Includes a glossary and additional resources.

Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews
In this natural companion to Beaks! (2002), illustrated by Robin Brickman, Collard introduces types of teeth as well as the many uses to which they are put by wild animals, from stabbing or crushing food to displaying emotion. He also discusses numbers of teeth and how they grow, the differences between teeth and horns or antlers and the various places besides jaws that they grow in some fish. Supplemented by the occasional skull or inside close-up, roff's big, naturalistic head shots depict a wide variety of wildlife, artfully angled, often looking directly at viewers and, for the meat-eaters, with toothy mouths crowd-pleasingly agape. Dramatically illustrated and with information that is deftly pitched to the intended audience's level, this makes a fine choice amid the multitude of like-themed titles for either pleasure or purpose  reading.

 by Sneed B. Collard III (Author), Robin Brickman (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (February 2008)  
ISBN-10: 1570916128 ISBN-13: 978-1570916120 Order   94X32-W-LOGO.GIF (1338 bytes)

Birds aren't the only creatures that have wings-- bats and insects have them, too. Sneed B. Collard III explores the diversity of wings, the mechanics of flight, and the fascinating abilities and attributes flying animals possess. Intricate, vivid collages show the delicate beauty of each type of wing. Includes a glossary and additional resources.

WINGS Honors
Selected as an NSTA Outstanding Science
Trade Book for Students K-12
 - And -
Chosen as a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews
The creative team that collaborated on Beaks (2002) tackles the subject of wings. Beginning with a look at the many types of animals that have wings, Collard then offers some examples of the wide diversity of wing styles-differences in size, color and covering are all explored. He presents the dynamics of flight briefly, along with ways wings can influence an animal's activities and the many things animals accomplish by using their wings. The text concludes by comparing animals' wings to the wings humans have invented to achieve flight. Font differences make the text easily adaptable to many age groups-for the very young, just a short sentence, while for older readers there is an entire paragraph of information. Every animal is labeled, and the list of resources and glossary at the back will help children learn more. Brickman's awe-inspiring artwork was created by painting paper with watercolors, then cutting, sculpting and gluing the individual pieces of each collage. The result is an amazing feast of color and texture that brings the creatures to life and helps readers see how wings work. A must-have for every library collection.

PocketBabbies.jpg (46564 bytes)Pocket Babies And Other Amazing Marsupials
(Darby Creek Exceptional Titles)
by Sneed B. Collard III (Author) Hardcover: 72 pages Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing (September 2007) 
ISBN-10: 1581960468 ISBN-13: 978-1581960464
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Editorial Reviews
A star is assigned to books of unusual merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal and Booklist.
From Kirkus
This intriguing, comprehensive introduction describes marsupials from the common Virginia opossums to the brush-tail possum, a New Zealand pest. In engaging, readable text, Collard presents familiar species (kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, wombats) and a host of lesser-known ones (bilbies, numbats, quolls, cuscus and the extinct thylacine). Along the way, he tells how marsupials differ from other mammals, dispels some popular myths and touches on speciation, classification and continental drift to
explain how the many different species evolved and spread to their current homes in the Americas and Australia. His information is logically organized and supplemented with clear and easy-to-read maps and charts and well-reproduced photographs. With an attractive and functional design, this is appealing enough for the casual browser but also useful for serious middle-school research. The author concludes with chapters about threats to this mammal group and conservation efforts. He provides good documentation and suggestions for further exploration. ... splendid informational book.

From Booklist ...
Collard opens with a personal story from his early teens, when he was given a baby opossum to raise for a few months. ... Related elements discussed, including fossil evidence, DNA evidence, extinction, adaptive radiation, and scientific classification, arc explained with the clarity that readers have come to appreciate in Collard's writing. .... Attractive, informative sidebars, excellent maps, and many clear, color photos appear throughout the book. Back matter includes annotated lists of recommended books and Internet sites, an extensive bibliography,
and a glossary. Whether wowing readers with the mph of a kangaroo's burst of speed or describing wombats as "furry tractors with legs, " this handsomely designed volume introduces marsupials with panache.— Carolyn Phelan

Many Biomes, One Earth (Paperback)
by Sneed B. Collard III (Author), James M. Needham (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (February 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1570916322
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Many Biomes, One Earth takes readers on a colorful adventure through the twelve terrestrial biomes of North and South America. Travel from the icy tundra, where the polar bear makes its home, to the tropical rain forest, the natural home of more than thirty million kinds of insects.

Flash Point
by Sneed B. Collard III Hardcover: 214 pages Publisher: Peachtree (August 3, 2006)
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After school Luther works part-time with a vet who rescues and retrains birds of prey but when he questions many of the community's beliefs about land use, he risks alienation from his friends and family.
Green Earth Book Award Winner
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Editorial Review

School Library Journal .....
High school sophomore Luther, an ex-football player, finds himself at odds with his logger stepfather and his peers as forest fires blaze near Heartwood, MT. A hinted-at incident at last season’s play-off celebration soured Luther on sports and the party scene and turned former teammate Warren Juddson into an enemy. Now, Luther works for Kay, a vet who rehabilitates raptors, and his interest in the birds has caused his priorities to change. While many residents blame the fires on government policies restricting logging in national forests, Luther believes the issue is more complex. He and new friend–and crush–Alex, daughter of a Fish and Wildlife officer, create the Student Forest Society, and the teens are soon ostracized for their views. Tensions grow when Luther takes Kay ’s prized falcon out to fly and the bird is shot and killed. Believing Warren is to blame, Luther starts a fight that ends in suspension for both boys. When fire comes to Heartwood, he heroically saves the birds and Kay’s house. While he recovers from his injuries, he comes to terms with his guilt over the party incident (vandalism). Luther is a sympathetic, believable character. Information about logging, forest fires, and birds of prey is skillfully integrated. Environmentally minded teens will appreciate this look at current issues within a coming-of-age story. –Laurie Slagenwhite, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI

Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog (True Stories)

by Sneed B.Collard, III Illustrated by Joanna Yardley Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (April 30, 2006)

Shep was the winner of Montana's children's choice award, The Treasure State Award also Our Most Loyal Dog has won the Children's Gallery Award from the National Christian School Association

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Reliability, devotion and faithfulness: endearing qualities shared between people and their canine companions. Shep is the true story of a dog that became an inspiration to people around the world. Following the death of his owner in 1936, Shep watched as his body was placed on a train and shipped east. For more than five years, through rain and snow, Shep met every incoming train with hopes that he would see the man who had cared for him. Even today, people visit Fort Benton, Montana, to stand at the grave of a dog whose actions remind us of the true meaning of loyalty and heart.

Finalist for the western Spur Award in storytelling


by Sneed B., III Collard Reading level: Ages 9-12 Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Peachtree (August 30, 2005)
ISBN: 156145351X Order
Paperback ISBN-10: 1561454605 ISBN-13: 978-1561454600 Order

Both Dog Sense and The Prairie Builders  have won
the 2005 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award
 Won the Flicker Tale Award (North Dakota)
and is on the Charlotte Award (NY) Master List for 2008.

Editorial Review
From Kirkus
When eighth graders Guy Martinez moves to small-town Montana, the only good thing is his new dog Streak, a border collie. At school he makes a friend, Luke Grant, and an enemy, class bully Brad Mullen. Luke helps him train his dog to catch Frisbees, but Brad has a Frisbee-catching dog, too. When Guy foolishly bets his dog on the outcome of the regional championships, he knows he has made a serious mistake. A veteran nonfiction writer, Collard shows in his first novel that he can construct a suspenseful plot and create believable characters. Some good things happen during the year: A cleaver teacher changes Guy’s opinion of English class, and he finds a girlfriend. However, not all of Guy’s problems miraculously disappear. His father doesn’t come back and his new friend, whose family was ostracized for opposing an environmentally unsound mining venture, leaves town. But Guy realizes that sometimes you have to accept that bad things happen, and move on. With a dog like Streak, he can.

From Publishers Weekly
Collard (A Platypus Probably) makes a smooth move to fiction with this affecting first novel about a sensitive yet resilient eighth grader struggling to find his place in his new world. Narrator Guy and his mother have recently moved from California to Montana to live with his maternal grandfather. Still smarting from the loss of his father, who left home a year earlier, the boy also sorely misses the life he has left behind. Streak, Guy's frisky new Border collie, provides some solace, as does Luke, a classmate who befriends him on the first day of school, when Guy has a run-in with thuggish, tobacco-chewing class bully Brad. Despite Luke's friendship, Guy feels that being on Brad's "hit list" has alienated him from the other kids at school; in one poignant passage, he confides, "I don't know what the answer is. I just know I'm tired of feeling like I'm in a foreign country where everyone knows the rules but me." With Luke's help, Guy trains Streak to fetch a Frisbee in order to compete in the annual dog Frisbee-catching contest, of which Brad's German shepherd is the reigning champ. Young dog lovers will especially enjoy Collard's detailed accounts of the two competitions in which these rivals and their pooches participate, the second of which entails a decidedly drastic wager. The author provides further dimension to this strong story through Guy's rapport with his perceptive, understanding grandfather and the revelation of the issues plaguing Luke's family. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

From School Library Journal ....
An easy read with believable characters, the story has enough action to keep reluctant readers interested.–Kathryn Childs, Morris Mid/High School, OK Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist ...
Guy is an appealing, sympathetic protagonist, whose straightforward narrative describes the challenges of uprooting, making friends, and facing difficult people and life events. Try this with Bill Wallace's fans. Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved
One Night in the Coral Sea
by Sneed B. Collard, III Robin Brickman (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 6-12, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing 32 pages   Paperback   (December 30, 2005)

ISBN: 1570913900 Order
Hardcover: Charlesbridge Publishing (July 5, 2005)
ISBN: 1570913897 Order

Share one of our planet's most dramatic events, the annual coral mass spawning event on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
On the Charlotte Award Master List for 2008
NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book
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Recipient of the John Burroughs Award
for Nature Writing
Editorial Review

From Children's Bookwatch
- Superbly pictured in marvelous and colorful detail by Robin Brickman's cut-paper illustrations, One Night In The Coral Sea by science writer Sneed B. Collard III brings Australia's Great Barrier Reef to life for young readers ages 6 to 11. It is a night in the late spring just after the full moon and something is occurring that only happens once a year. Dozens of coral species simultaneously release thousands, millions, trillions of eggs and sperm into the sea. These then form new coral polyps that will settle onto the coral reef and form new colonies, extending the reach of the reef along the Australian coast. Enthusiastically recommended for both school and community library collections, One Night In The Coral Sea is an entertaining as it is informative.
The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands (Scientists in the Field)
by Sneed B. Collard III Reading level: Ages 8 up, Hardcover: 72 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (May 30, 2005)
ISBN: 061839687X Order

In Prairie Builders, Collard traces the decades-long development and monitoring of the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa, an ambitious attempt to reclaim farmland and return it to the tall grass prairie it once was. The account features biologists Pauline Drobney and Diane Debinski as they work year after year to redevelop the prairie, even without fully knowing the complexities of the original ecosystem..... excellent photographs prominently feature the scientists at work ... and the sweeping vistas of the prairie in midsummer. The portrayal of a range of occupations with varying training requirements provides an appealing choice for children thinking of future careers in science and conservation.

Both Dog Sense and The Prairie Builders have won
the 2005 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award
Best Books list 2005 - School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild selection
Best of Booklist
Best of Book Links
NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book
Winner of the AAAS 2006 Subaru/SB&F Prizek

Editorial Review
From School Library Journal, Starred Review
The engaging text is accompanied by large, inviting color photographs. . . . An essential purchase for libraries in prairie regions and a worthwhile choice for others.

*Starred Review* From Booklist
In 1989 Congress passed a law setting aside thousands of acres of Iowa cornfields as a National Wildlife Refuge, despite the fact that there was little wildlife there. Determined to re-create the tallgrass prairie that has once covered large portions of the Midwest, naturalists and volunteers began the long process of bringing back the plants and animals that were native to the area. This wide-format book documents the restoration of the prairie ecosystem at the new refuge. Collard follows the project over a number of years, discussing everything from the reintroduction of bison to the annual Sow Your Wild Oats Day. He spotlights two particular aspects of the project: the ongoing challenge of finding and encouraging the growth of appropriate plants and the reintroduction of the regal fritillary butterfly. Through the book’s clearly written text and many excellent color photos, readers will learn not only about this particular prairie project but also about the history of America’s tallgrass prairies and the complex web of plants and animals in a particular ecosystem. The well-researched, beautifully designed volume concludes with a glossary and lists of recommended books and Internet sites. — Carolyn Phelan

A Platypus Probably
by Sneed B. Collard, III Andrew Plant (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4 to 10, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (July 5, 2005), 32 pages  
Paperback: ISBN:1570915849 Order 
Hardcover: ISBN: 1570915830 Order
In this wonderfully illustrated picture book, young readers follow the life and adventures of one of earth's most intriguing animals.

NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book
Junior Library Guild selection

Editorial Review

From School Library Journal
Collard's inviting, informative book on a unique animal is worthy of a place on your shelves.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist
This informational picture book introduces the platypus, which lives only in Australia, and describes the physical characteristics and behaviors of this unusual animal.
Animals Asleep
by Sneed B. Collard III (Author), Anik McGrory (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co; (March 2004) 
ISBN: 0618276971 Order
The average human sleeps a total of twenty-four years over a lifetime. That's a lot of naps! Yet people aren't the only ones who enjoy a good rest; if you look around, you'll. find that all animals have a biological need for sleep. But some animals snooze in ways that we would find startling—if not absolutely impossible. A sooty tern, an island bird, takes a nap in midair as it slowly flaps its wings. A fruit bat gets forty winks while hanging upside down from a tree branch. A bottlenose dolphin can put half of its brain to sleep while it continues to swim. What other remarkable methods of sleep exist?

Won the 2003 ASPCA Henry Bergh
Children's Book Award for illustration

B Is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet (Discover America State by State. Alphabet Series)
by Sneed B. Collard, III Joanna Yardley (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Hardcover: 40 pages; Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; (October 2003) 
ISBN: 1585360988 Order  

"The sky in Montana somehow seems bigger, bluer, and more spectacular than in any other state. " Author Sneed B. Collard, III writes, "it's simply because our sky stretches over such an abundance of beauty." In "B is for Big Sky Country" readers will find out where the Going-to-the-Sun Road really takes you and what city the copper dome calls home.

Selected as one of four books for the Missoula Reads program to promote literacy

The Deep-Sea Floor
by Sneed B. Collard, III (author),  Greg C. Wenzell (Illustrator), Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: School Library Binding 32 pages; Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing; (February 2003)
ISBN: 1570914028 Order  

A Junior Library Guild selection
AAAS Best Science Books and Films list for 2003

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

One of the great frontiers of scientific discovery in recent years has been the deep-sea floor. In a brief, lucid account illustrated with many watercolor paintings, Collard explains the basics of oceanic geology, including crustal plates, abyssal plains, and trenches; the sonar technology and deep-sea submersibles that have made exploration possible; and the sometimes exotic-looking varieties of wildlife that have been observed. The short section on deep-sea vents and cold seeps offers a simple explanation of chemosynthesis and points out that not all life on Earth relies on photosynthesis. This section is a good example of highlighting a change in scientific knowledge that contradicts statements made in many older books that are still in classrooms and libraries. Wenzel's watercolors are equally effective in picturing the strange, deep-sea environment and in illustrating the specifics of geology, biology, and technology referred to in Collard's informative text. A list of recommended books and Web sites will lead children to more about this alien, undersea world. A glossary is appended. Carolyn Phelan Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved 

Butterfly Count
by Sneed B. Collard, III, Paul Kratter (Illustrator), Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: School & Library Binding Publisher: Holiday House; March 2002
ISBN: 0823416070; Order  

Named an Outstanding Science Trade Book by CBC/NSTA

Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews
Butterfly fans will flutter happily about this tale of a child joining the annual nationwide butterfly census in hopes of spotting a once-common, now-rare regal fritillary. Identification guide in hand, Amy floats through the fields of wildflowers and high grasses that used to be her great-great-grandmother Nora Belle's farm, and is now run by a prairie reclamation project. She sees mourning cloaks and monarchs, painted ladies, red admirals, and black swallowtails-but not the fritillary that was Nora Belle's favorite. To Amy's evocative roll call, Kratter (A World Above the Clouds, not reviewed, etc.) adds naturalistic watercolor portraits, both in leafy natural settings and in a final section of captioned close-ups. Collard (A Firefly Biologist at Work, not reviewed, etc.) brings Amy's quest to a satisfying end in the old family plot where Nora Belle is buried-one of the few patches of prairie that has never been plowed. He adds more about the yearly Fourth of July Butterfly Count at the end, along with safety-conscious advice for young naturalists interested in attracting and observing these flighty wonders.

From Booklist
When Amy's great-great-grandmother, Nora Belle, farmed the prairie, the regal fritillary was her favorite butterfly. Once one of North America's largest and most widespread butterflies, the regal fritillary vanished with its plowed prairie habitat. Nora Belle now lies buried near her farm, which she gave over to prairie restoration in hopes that the regal fritillary would someday return. It is to this restored prairie that Amy and others come on the Fourth of July to participate in an annual butterfly count. In startlingly realistic detail, Kratter paints the prairie fauna sheltered by and flitting among the indigenous grasses and flowers. His watercolors also convey the welcome shade from the summer sun, where Amy rests and awakens to spy, near Nora Belle's grave, the long-awaited regal fritillary. The various butterflies depicted in the art are pictured again and described at book's end, creating a mini field guide for readers. Amy's age (she's pictured as an older child) extends this story beyond its picture-book format, making the book well suited to children who can read and enjoy the story on their own. Ellen Mandel Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

From School Library Journal
A gentle family story with an environmental message. Amy and her mother are taking part in the Fourth of July butterfly count on a stretch of land that belonged to the girl's great-great-grandmother and was turned over to a conservation group for a prairie restoration project. Nora Belle's favorite butterfly, a regal fritillary, is now rarely seen, but is the one that Amy is hoping to find. With the help of a field guide, she lists the numerous species she encounters and finally spots the elusive species in the family's burial plot, which stands on "the last patch of prairie in the county that was never plowed." Soft watercolor illustrations of prairie grasses, plants, and butterflies quietly illuminate this tranquil tale. Information about and portraits of 14 butterflies are offered at the end of the book, along with details on how to take part in the North American Butterfly Count and how to obtain a guide for planting a butterfly garden. - Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

written by Sneed B. Collard III, Robin Brickman, Illustrator. Charlesbridge Press, Fall 2002, Reading level:ages 4-8 Edition: School & Library Binding Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing; ; (July 2002)
ISBN: 1570913870 Order  
Paperback ISBN: 1570913889 Order  

Named a Junior Library Guild selection.
IRA Teacher's Choices selection

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal
A worthwhile resource for libraries and classrooms. Barbara L. McMullin, Casita Center for Technology, Science & Math, Vista, CA Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Booklist
This brightly illustrated, large-format volume invites children to consider the varying physical qualities and purposes of different birds' beaks . . . Focusing on the narrow topics of beaks allows Collard to be quite specific, but it also offers opportunities to introduce more general principles such as evolution. Carolyn Phelan Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Leaving Home
by Joan Dunning (Illustrator), Sneed B. Collard, III, Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 32 pages (March 25, 2002) Houghton Mifflin Co (Juv);
ISBN: 0618114548 Order  
We all “leave the nest” eventually, and animals do, too. Here we follow different creatures from all sorts of environments as they leave home and venture off to make their own place in the natural world. Some walk (jaguars), some crawl (crabs), some swim (sharks). Some leave as soon as they’re born (salamanders), and others leave after several years (elephants). Albatrosses fly across oceans while hedgehogs walk only a short distance away. And songbirds even come back.

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review from LIBRARY TALK
"All living creatures grow up and leave home to start life on their own, each on its unique timetable. This book provides readers with good scientific information on the habits, behavior and instinctual patterns of a wide variety of animals, birds, insects, ect. The book is well designed, visually attractive, written in sensitive, and, at times, almost poignant language. A book to appreciate on many levels, it should appeal to a wide age range..."

From Booklist
Ideally, a parent or teacher would read this generously illustrated science book aloud twice: once for the brief, large-print text that runs, phrase by phrase, along the tops of the pages, and again for the more detailed paragraphs that appear below the pictures. Beginning "Sooner or later, we all leave home," the book explores how different animals accomplish this journey (walking, crawling, flying, swimming, floating on the wind), whether they know where they're going; whether they travel alone or with others, going near or far. In a series of richly colored watercolor paintings, Dunning portrays a wide array of species inhabiting a variety of habitats. Occasionally children might wish for a closer view of the animal under discussion, such as the coral larvae described as looking like space aliens, but most of the lively paintings are well designed to display the traits mentioned. Collard explores the concept imaginatively, writing with admirable simplicity in the short text, introducing children to more complex thoughts and vocabulary in the longer one. Carolyn Phelan Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

From School Library Journal
This natural-history picture book takes a look at animal maturation. After a pictureless first page stating "Sooner or later, we all leave home," the top of each subsequent page features a large-type simple text telling the many ways animals do this. Watercolor paintings of the animals fill the middle of the pages and along the bottom smaller typeface text gives more detailed information about the creatures, including why and when they depart. Thus, the text along the top may have one word such as "hop," with an illustration depicting a rabbit family while the bottom text tells about rabbit reproduction and the differing ways males and females leave home. Occasional points are stretched to fit the theme; for example, wildebeests don't really leave home, they migrate with their herds. The chambered nautilus hatches, which is not leaving home in the way the other animals in the book do. Dunning's large, striking watercolors show each creature in its habitat in a manner that doesn't aim for photographic realism yet manages to include just enough detail to be informative as well. To underscore the theme, most of the animals are pictured breaking through into the pastel border that frames each illustration. This handsome book works both as a concept picture book ideal for a storytime and as an informational source.Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Lizard Island : Science and Scientists on Australia's Great Barrier Reef (Single Title: Science: Life and Environmental Science)
by Sneed B. Collard III Reading level: Young Adult School & Library Binding (September 2000) Franklin Watts, Incorporated;
Hardback ISBN: 0531117197 Order  
Paperback ISBN: 0531165191  Order  
Named to the New York Public Library's BEST BOOK FOR THE TEEN AGE LIST
Editorial Reviews

From Booklist
The author of Monteverde: Science and Scientists in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest (1997) turns to another threatened habitat that is being studied, a reef community at Lizard Island Research Station. Collard profiles 17 individuals who work or have worked there, giving glimpses not only of the scientists' diverse backgrounds but also of the sorts of mysteries they hope to understand--from the behavior of parasites to the spectacular annual "spawn-a-thon," during which as many as 1,356 species of coral release eggs and sperm at once. The author ends with an ominous account of the tragic destruction of many of the world's coral reefs and a direct plea for more ecologically responsible behavior. ...... this is a readable, enthusiastic visit with the practicing scientists in the field; pair it with books like Mary Cerullo's Coral Reef: A City That N ever Sleeps (1996), which has eye-popping underwater photos. GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

Whale Biologist at Work (Wildlife Conservation Society Books)

by Sneed B. Collard III, Reading level: Ages 9-12 School & . Library Binding - 48 pages (September 2000) Franklin Watts, Incorporated;
Hardback ISBN: 0531117863 Order
Paperback ISBN: 0531165264Order 

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal
- Collard describes the work of marine biologist John Calambokidis, who began studying humpback whales off the California coast but expanded his investigations to include blue whales as he discovered their presence among the humpbacks. Although the focus is on the nature of the scientist's work, basic information about these creatures is also included. The different techniques of identifying individual whales are described and illustrated, and readers are given a chance to test their own powers of observation. Scientific descriptions are punctuated by memorable phrases such as whale breaths sounding like "heaving gasps of a steam locomotive." The full-color photos include exhilarating looks at breaching and other shots of humpbacks and blues. This clearly written title will be of interest to animal lovers, environmentalists, and children considering career choices.-Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
The Forest in the Clouds
by Michael Rothman (Illustrator), Sneed B.Collard III, Reading level: Ages 4-8 School & Library Binding - 32 pages (July 2000) Charlesbridge Publishing;  
ISBN: 088106985X Order 
Take a trip to a unique habitat--the cloud forests of Central America! In his previous journey, Sneed Collard introduced the water habitats of Our Wet World--a "Reading Rainbow " selection and an NSTA/CBC Notable book. Now he takes the reader to the mountains of Costa Rica to see the glorious resplendent quetzal, the fierce margay, the slow-moving two-toed sloth, the startling harlequin frog, and dozens of other colorful and secretive animals. They inhabit a very special place, a rain forest of the mountains--the cloud forest. This lavishly illustrated book takes the reader on an incredible journey to this habitat, warns of the threats to it, and suggests what readers can do to help or to learn more. A glossary, a list of suggested websites and books, and a map are included.
Named to the 2001 IRA Teachers Choice List
Finalist for the 2001 ASPCA Henry Bergh Award for children's literature
Named as one of Booklist's Top Ten Books for Chldren
and Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children by NSTA/CBC
Editorial Reviews

From Booklist
This colorful book introduces Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest, which Collard discussed for somewhat older readers in Monteverde: Science and Scientists in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest (1997). Stretching across the double-page spreads, Rothman's beautifully textured acrylic paintings offer close-up views of some of the animals and plants living in this rich and complex ecosystem. Collard's text is as focused and colorful as the illustrations. Commenting on the forest itself as well as individual creatures that live there, he gives a clear sense of the diversity of life to be found in a cloud forest and the need to protect it. The book ends with a glossary, a map showing cloud forests in Costa Rica, and lists of organizations, books, and Web sites related to cloud forests, rain forests, and conservation. Carolyn Phelan Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved 
Making Animal Babies
by Sneed B.Collard III, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 32 pages (April 24, 2000) Houghton Mifflin Co (Juv);
 ISBN: 0395953170 Order

In this accessible and informative picture book, take a journey throughout the animal kingdom and explore the many ways animal babies are created. From sea sponges, to frogs, to tigers and dolphins, look at the ways animals find and attract mates and how the reproductive process works.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal Starred Review
"Good books for young children about reproduction are a rarity and are eagerly sought by libraries and parents alike. This is one of them. The dual text (one very simple sentence for the child and another more complex explanation for the adult that will help answer inevitable questions) keeps perfect step with Jenkins's eye-catching, colorful cut-paper collage illustrations. A variety of asexual reproductive methods, such as budding and fission, and sexual behaviors are described and depicted, as are embryo development and birth. "Human animals" are not mentioned. Some purists may carp at the term "babies," but it is perfect for the intended audience. An attractive, informative, approachable look at a delicate subject."

Children's Literature Review:
This informative book takes readers through the animal kingdom and explains the myriad ways in which animal babies are created. It starts with simple water organisms that bud or split from the parent, or simply break off on their own. Collard then explains that most animals procreate by sexual reproduction and discusses how the sperm and egg are brought together to make the next generation. The book discusses the mating process, explaining that chameleons show bright colors to attract a partner, walruses fight with their tusks, birds build elaborate structures to impress a partner, and fireflies light up the sky. Spectacular three-dimensional collage illustrations bring the book to life. Especially noteworthy are pictures of a developing chimpanzee embryo and of a cat giving birth. There is a helpful glossary at the end of the book. Making Animal Babies is a follow-up to the acclaimed Animal Dads. Reviewed by Julie Steinberg. Copyright 2000 Children's Literature Reviews. All Rights Reserved.
Acting for Nature : What Young People Around the World Are Doing to Protect the Environment
by Sneed B. Collard III, Carl Dennis Buell (Illustrator) Paperback (January 2000) Heyday Books;
 ISBN: 1890771244 Order 
What Young People Around the World Are Doing to Protect the Environment Pollution, overcrowding, global warming, species extinction--everyone knows the Earth is in trouble. Is there anything we can do?  Acting for Nature tells the remarkable stories of 15 young people from around the world who didn't get discouraged. They saw environmental problems in their communities and found ways to solve them.
Named to the 2001 New York Public Library"s

Editorial Reviews

"The young people in this book are shining examples of what others, all over the world, can do." -- Jane Goodall, Director of the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation
"The stories in this book transcend geographical, political, and religious boundaries. The achievements of these young people will inspire not only other youngsters, but adults, too." -- David Brower, Founder of Friends of the Earth and Founder and Chair of Earth Island Institute

"By telling real life stories, this book demonstrates how each of us can play a part. It is both amazing and inspiring what some young people have achieved." -- David Bellamy, Founder of the Conservation Foundation

1,000 Years Ago on Planet Earth
by Sneed B. Collard III, Jonathan Hunt (Illustrator) Hardcover, 1st ed., 32pp. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company Pub. Date: September 1999
ISBN: 0395908663 Order

Describes events and cultural developments all over the world 1,000 years ago, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

From The Publisher
At the dawn of the third millennium we know more about our amazing planet than ever before. But what did the world look like one thousand years ago? This eye-opening book takes readers back a thousand years in time to discover what was happening in twelve incredibly different civilizations at the turn of the first millennium. Travel to Central America to explore the great pyramid at Chichen Itza, witness the acts of the bloodthirsty and adventurous Vikings in northern Europe, and learn about the fascinating innovations of the Chinese during the Song Dynasty. This fascinating flashback describes how the planet has changed over the centuries and helps readers imagine what the future may be like.
Editorial Reviews

From Booklist , August 19, 1999
As the third millennium A.D. approaches, kids may wonder what was happening on earth at the turn of the second. This book does a fine job of introducing that information, beginning with a list of facts (population, language, etc.) and going on to survey what was happening in various parts of the world. Each two-page spread begins " 1,000 years ago in . . ." and goes on to chronicle in a bar of text what was happening in civilizations in various parts of the world. Among the areas chronicled are the Americas, Central and Southern Europe, Northern Europe, England, China, India, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. The pictures ... add a solid visual dimension to the historical developments. The last page updates the fact list initially presented. Kids will see there has been tremendous progress in some ways, but not all. Ilene Cooper Copyright 1999, American Library Association. All rights reserved

From Kirkus
'' ..... Collard captures the essence of a culture in a few brief paragraphs. .... this is a good introduction that will encourage more exploration.
Birds of Prey: A look at Daytime Raptors (Watts Library: Animals)

 by Sneed B. Collard III Reading level: Ages 9-12 School & Library Binding - 64 pages (September 1999) Franklin Watts, Incorporated;
 hardback ISBN: 0531203638  Order
 paperback ISBN 0531164195 Order

Discusses the physical features and behavior of daytime raptors, including eagles, harriers, kites, Old World vultures, caracaras, and falcons.

Our Wet World: Discovering Earth's Aquatic Ecosystems
by Sneed B. Collard III, Charlesbridge Publishing, 1998
ISBN # 0-88106-267-7 (hardcover) Order
ISBN# 0-88106-268-5 (paperback) Order

"The magic of the underwater world comes alive in this pleasant children's book. From streams and
rivers through marshes to the shore, each ecosystem is carefully described in clear terms..."--Independent Publisher, May/June, 1998
OUR WET WORLD was named a
1998 Outstanding Science
trade Book by CBC/NSTA and was a
1998 Reading Rainbow review book.

Animal Dazzlers : The Role of Brilliant Colors in Nature (First Book)
by Sneed B. Collard III, Reading level: Ages 9-12 School & Library Binding - 64 pages (September 1998) Franklin Watts, Incorporated
hardback ISBN: 053120362X Order

paperback ISBN 0531159183 Order

A fun look at the many roles of bright colors in nature. Features stunning color photographs.  



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Starred Review
Named by the Orbis Pictures Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English to the 1998 List of Recommended Books

"Animal Dads takes a refreshing look at the natural world with fathers cast in the caregiver role... illustrated with striking, cut-paper collage figures.
"--School Library Journal, June, 1997

Houghton Mifflin, Spring, 1997 (hardcover)
ISBN# 0-395-83621-2

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Named as one of the 20 Best Books on the Environment by the 1994 Information Please Almanac

22 of the world's strangest animals and how their "creepy" ways help them survive.

Charlesbridge Publishing, 1997(hardcover)
ISBN# 0-88106-837-3
ISBN# 0-88106-837-5 (paperback)


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"Clear, direct writing communicates basic facts about the areas' unique features and explains how their flora and fauna have adapted to their particular climates. "--
School Library Journal,
October, 1996

An introduction to the terrestrial
biomes of North and
South America.
Charlesbridge Publishing, 1996
ISBN# 0-88106-929-9 (hardcover),
 ISBN# 0-88106-928-0 (paperback)

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Named a Best Book for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library, 1998.
Named one of the best books on rain forests of the 1990's Booklist,
Nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association, 1998.
Booklist Starred Review Franklin Watts, 1996.(hardcover)
ISBN# 0-531-11369-8

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Science Adventure Series
Best of the Year from Science Books and Films

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Reading level: Ages 9-12
Library Binding: 43 pages
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  Thomas Jefferson:
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School Presentations

Sneed's school presentations focus on writing in the context of science for elementary and middle school students. He gives a maximum of three assembly presentations per day, giving different presentations for different grade levels. His recent talk titles include:
  • A Writer's Life (My life and the story behind my books)
  • Writing in the Deep Sea (How to do research while learning about bioluminescence)
  • Writing in the Clouds (How to get ideas while hiking through a Costa Rican cloud forest)
  • Rep-tales (Fun animal stories for very young readers and writers)
  • Writing Workshop
  • One-Hour Common Core Teacher Talk: "Common Core Canines"


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Sneed B. Collard III

My phone is (406) 721-2783
(Mountain Time)

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