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Hopping Ahead of Climate Change, a Junior Library Guild selection, coming in October!

Hello Educators, Readers, and Other Friends!

Where has the summer gone??? I don’t know, but I hope yours has been a great one. In addition to some new photos (see below), I am delighted to share some fun new book news. First, I’m pleased to announce that my Fall 2016 title, Hopping Ahead of Climate Change—Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival has hit the Mountain Press Warehouse. This may be the best science book I’ve ever written, and I can’t wait for you to read it. Instead of telling you about it myself, I’ll let legendary children’s science writer Laurence Pringle weigh in:

“With his usual clarity and humor, Sneed Collard explains the causes and some effects of a rapidly warming Earth, and does so by focusing on one appealing creature—the snowshoe hare. Readers meet scientists, and through their words and pictures, learn how they plan research and investigate the lives of these wild hares, and how their very survival is threatened by climate change. With abundant color photos and charts, Hopping Ahead of Climate Change is a gem of excellent science and environmental writing.”

“Hopping” hasn’t yet hopped into official release, but if you just can’t wait and want a copy now, contact Mountain Press and they’ll be happy to sell you one.

Joining this title, I will have three additional books coming out in 2017, one on gliding animals, another on insects, and a textbook, co-written by my good friend Vicki Spandel, on teaching nonfiction revision to young writers.


At first, I thought the babies had fledged already. Evidently, I was incorrect!

At first, I thought the babies had fledged already. Evidently, I was incorrect!

Meanwhile, my son Braden and I are furiously pursuing a Big Year of birding. As I write this (August 9), we have surpassed 265 North American species for the year and are well on our way to our goal of 300—or perhaps a new goal of 350 or 400! More important, we’re getting to see lots of great country, learn a ton about amazing birds, and of course, collect ideas for new books!

Before I sign off, thank you to everyone who has booked me for Fall school and conference visits. This will be my busiest Fall in a couple of years! I am now planning for Spring, 2017, and would be delighted to hear from any of you who might want to schedule a visit. In addition to my regular assembly presentations, I offer a number of writing and professional development workshops—even writing camps. To learn more, just shoot me an email at collard@bigsky.net.

Until then I’ll leave you with some photos of great birds that we’ve seen so far this year—including a few new shots from our June trip to the Galapagos.

Chirp! Chirp!



Oklahoma's State Bird!

Oklahoma’s State Bird!

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

This Rose-breasted Grosbeak sat in this tree for four hours at High Island, Texas!

This Rose-breasted Grosbeak sat in this tree for four hours at High Island, Texas!

Prothonotary Warbler—our first warbler in Texas!

Prothonotary Warbler—our first warbler in Texas!

Blue-footed Booby

Yes, the animals ARE tame in the Galapagos Islands. This Blue-footed Booby is giving me some book ideas…

Penguins crop fix label

Penguins on the Equator? You bet! They don’t all like ice under foot!

Us with tortoise 2257 crop

What’s a trip to the Galapagos without a tortoise to pose next to?