Sneed B. Collard III is the author of more than eighty award-winning books including Hopping Ahead of Climate Change—Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival; Catching Air—Taking the Leap with Gliding Animals; Fire Birds—Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests; Double Eagle (novel); Shep—Our Most Loyal Dog; Dog Sense (novel); Pocket Babies and Other Amazing Marsupials; and The Prairie Builders—Reconstructing America’s Lost Grasslands, winner of the 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 seventy-fifth (or so) book, his memoir Snakes, Alligators, and Broken Hearts—Journeys of a Biologist’s Son, was released in Fall, 2015. 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 releases books of special interest to kids and educators in the West. Titles to date include the tween mysteries The Governor’s Dog is Missing and Hangman’s Gold, the nonfiction book The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, the YA thriller Cartwheel—A Sequel to Double Eagle, the time-travel dog mystery Dog 4491, and his newest award-winning science book Fire Birds—Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests. To learn more about Bucking Horse Books, look up their website www.buckinghorsebooks.com. Also be sure to watch his hilarious book trailers on Sneed’s YouTube channel:
When Sneed is not writing or publishing, he can often be found speaking to students, conducting teacher workshops, volunteering for his son’s Boy Scout Troop, and walking his new dog, Lola. If you want to be friends with him for life, bring him some home-made chocolate chip cookies and tell him that in person he looks much younger than his photos!