Welcome

Happy 2017 Everyone!

I hope the year is off to a great start for all of you, both in work and at play. Since the major casualty of the 2016 elections appears to have been the truth, I thought I’d begin the year by sticking to just the basic facts about me and my books. If you’d like more details, please don’t hesitate to drop me a note at collard@bigsky.net or 406-531-9140. Also, check out Karen Yingling’s recent interview with me in School Library Journal! Enjoy!

BOOK NEWS

Hopping Ahead of Climate Change—Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival (Bucking Horse Books, 2016)

Hopping Ahead of Climate Change, Finalist for the AAAS/Subaru/SB&F Prize for Middle Grade Science

Hopping Ahead of Climate Change, Finalist for the AAAS/Subaru/SB&F Prize for Middle Grade Science

  • Finalist for the American Association Advancement of Science/Subaru/Science Books & Films Prize for Nonfiction Science
  • NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books
  • Eureka Nonfiction Award Silver Medal
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Booklist: “Collard does an excellent job of telling the story of the snowshoe hare, while also keeping stewardship and conservation as the core message.”
  • School Library Journal: “Captivating text and a stimulating use of color photographs make this a welcome addition for all environmental collections.”
  • Midwest Book Review: “Impressively well written, organized and presented, “Hopping Ahead of Climate Change” is unreservedly recommended for family, school, and community library Environmental Studies and Wildlife Studies collections and supplemental studies reading lists.”
  • Karen Yingling Reads: “veteran nonfiction science writer Collard gives us fascinating insights into what’s going on with this (extremely adorable) animal.”

 

Fire Birds—Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests (Bucking Horse Books, 2015)

Fire Birds has been racking up terrific reviews and receiving a lot of attention--no surprise given this year's record-breaking heat!

Fire Birds has been racking up terrific reviews and receiving a lot of attention–no surprise given this year’s record-breaking heat!

  • NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books
  • Eureka! Nonfiction Book Award Silver Medal
  • Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, Commended List
  • High Plains Book Award, Finalist
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • A Junior Library Guild selection

 

 

 

 

 

Up Next (March, 2017): Insects—The Most Fun Bug Book Ever

Insects: The Most Fun Bug Book Ever (Charlesbridge Publishing, March 2017)

Insects: The Most Fun Bug Book Ever (Charlesbridge Publishing, March 2017)

And also for March, 2017: Catching Air: Taking the Leap with Gliding Animals

Catching Air: Taking the Leap with Gliding Animals (Tilbury House, Spring 2017)

Catching Air: Taking the Leap with Gliding Animals (Tilbury House, Spring 2017)A Junior Library Guild Selection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEAKING NEWS

  • Feb 4: CSLA in Sonoma County, CA
  • March 1-3: Scheduled school visits to Niantic, Connecticut
  • March/April: Scheduled school visits to upstate New York
  • April: School visits in Ecuador and Peru

OUR BIG YEAR of BIRDING

Sneed and Braden on our first pelagic birding cruise out of Monterey, CA.

Sneed and Braden on our first pelagic birding cruise out of Monterey, CA.

Team Collard (Braden and Sneed) finished the year with 335 species in the United States and Canada! Below are some of our Big Year highlights…

How about a Williamson's Sapsucker--our first!

How about a Williamson’s Sapsucker–our first!

A rare glimpse of crossbills on the ground!

A rare glimpse of crossbills on the ground!

Finally, a male Wood Duck willing to cooperate with the photographers!

Finally, a male Wood Duck willing to cooperate with the photographers!

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!

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?