Books by Sneed B. Collard III

WARBLERS & WOODPECKERS by Sneed B. Collard III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"An easy-to-read, pleasurable account that will find its greatest appeal with fellow birders."
A "big year" birding adventure with a personal twist. Read full book review >
INSECTS by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"A lighthearted invitation to join the insect-appreciation club: 'Righteous exoskeleton, dude!' (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
The straight, more or less, "poop" on dung beetles, dragonflies ("fighter jets of the insect world"), and the rest of our six-legged overlords. Read full book review >
CATCHING AIR by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though some of the individual animals might be found in other titles, bringing them all together as gliders here makes the book worth a look. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Southeast Asian Draco lizards, North American flying squirrels, and Australian sugar gliders: what do they have in common? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"For readers intrigued by Nic Bishop Lizards (2010), this may lead to true lizard-love. (suggested resources, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
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. Read full book review >
DOUBLE EAGLE by Sneed B. Collard III
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Reluctant readers carried along by the plot will encounter some interesting history along the way. (Thriller. 10-14)"
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. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 27, 2008

"Libraries will want this for teen research, but it does not have the appeal of other volumes in the highly regarded Scientists in the Field series. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Couching his presentation in warlike terms, Collard describes the strategies used by a variety of scientists against the occupation of parts of the United States and its territories by harmful exotic species. Read full book review >
REIGN OF THE SEA DRAGONS by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"More detailed, if also more visually sedate, than Caroline Arnold's Giant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age (2007), illustrated by Laurie Caple, this look at the animals that sat atop the oceanic food chain for tens of millions of years makes a solid addition to the dino-shelves. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Despite occasional gore in the pictures and section headings like "Permian Wipeout" and "The Ichthyosaur Café," this look at marine reptiles of the Mesozoic Era will have more appeal for serious young proto-paleontologists than fans of violent, bloody action. Read full book review >
TEETH by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"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. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
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. Read full book review >
WINGS by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A must-have for every library collection. (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
The creative team that collaborated on Beaks (2002) tackles the subject of wings. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Two species are described but not pictured (kowari and yellow-sided opossum), but this is a minor blemish in an otherwise splendid informational book. (bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This intriguing, comprehensive introduction describes marsupials from the common Virginia opossums to the brush-tail possum, a New Zealand pest. Read full book review >
FLASH POINT by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Young teens interested in nature, animals and ecology will probably find much to enjoy. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Luther Wright begins his sophomore year of high school in Montana, making mysterious references to some event that occurred the year earlier and led him to drop football and partying. Read full book review >
DOG SENSE by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"With a dog like Streak, he can. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When eighth grader Guy Martinez moves to small-town Montana, the only good thing is his new dog Streak, a border collie. Read full book review >
A PLATYPUS, PROBABLY by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"An interesting informational read or read-aloud for the young animal lover. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Parallel texts and colorful, detailed illustrations introduce the curious Australian mammal, the platypus, to younger readers. Read full book review >
ONE NIGHT IN THE CORAL SEA by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"This stands out from the school of other reef tours on library shelves, both for its special focus and for its riveting illustrations. (index, glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
The creators of Beaks! (2002) nose out more wonders of nature with a visit to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2005

"A welcome addition to the Scientists in the Field series. (further readings, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Butterflies, buffalo, coneflowers, grasses and more once flourished on the Iowa tallgrass prairie, but soon gave way to farms and towns until little of the prairie remained. Read full book review >
ANIMALS ASLEEP by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: March 23, 2004

"Good for bedtime, too. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)"
"Most of us need sleep," begins a journey through the animal world and a look at how, when, and where different animals get their rest. Read full book review >
THE DEEP-SEA FLOOR by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Collard's well-chosen words coupled with the eye-catching art make this an interesting browser as well as a fine addition to the science collection. (glossary, bibliography, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A captivating look at the strange creatures found at the bottom of the sea. Read full book review >
BEAKS! by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Includes a bibliography and Web sites for more information. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
This exploration of bird beaks will fly off the shelf. Read full book review >
LEAVING HOME by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2002

Playing on the theme of animals leaving parents or birthplace, Collard (Butterfly Count, p. 101, etc.) widens his potential audience with parallel texts in two different typesizes, and creates a subtle connection by using inclusive language—humans are not one of his specific examples, but: "Sooner or later, we all leave home. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY COUNT by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2002

"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. (Picture book. 7-10)"
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. Read full book review >
THE FOREST IN THE CLOUDS by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"While the author does not provide enough information on the rain forest for school reports, he captures the flavor of this rich and alien environment. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The author of Making Animal Babies (p. 556) and other nature titles takes the reader to the rain forest of Costa Rica and describes the plants and animals living there. Read full book review >
MAKING ANIMAL BABIES by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Though interesting, this not as successful as past collaborations. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Continuing the story of Animal Dads (1997), artist Steve Jenkins provides more striking paper collages while author Sneed Collard III pens a brief text, which includes some sophisticated biology about asexual and sexual reproduction in animals. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, this is a good introduction that will encourage more exploration. (map, further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-12)"
How did people live 1,000 years ago? Read full book review >
ANIMAL DADS by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

This striking picture book celebrates the many ways male animals function in their family units: Every page combines one line—narrated by the offspring—with a vividly colored, textured paper collage of an animal father and child, and an additional paragraph of information. Read full book review >
OUR NATURAL HOMES by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Of limited use. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
In a work subtitled ``Exploring Terrestrial Biomes of North and South America,'' Collard (Do They Scare You?, 1993, etc.) introduces 12 land biomes with brief descriptions of the plants, animals, and climate of each. Read full book review >
SEA SNAKES by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: March 17, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Striking underwater photos and a brief text focus on sea snakes and sea kraits, poisonous reptiles found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to the Americas' west coasts. Read full book review >
DO THEY SCARE YOU? by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Razor-Tooth Slime-Encrusted Bone-Muncher,'' complete with slobbering purple-and-green portrait; a book of similarly humorous imaginary monsters might be a more appropriate vehicle for this team. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
In her brief text, Collard develops the theme that ``no animal exists just to scare, hurt, or disgust us''; still, her two dozen selections (bats, tarantulas, vultures, giant squid, piranhas, etc.) all get their kid appeal from their infamous reputations. Read full book review >