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Sneed B. Collard III
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". . . there are so many incredible things to write about. There are more great ideas than I can ever get to."

Since 1983 Sneed B. Collard III has been a biologist, computer scientist, and author. He began writing after graduating with honors in marine biology from the University of California at Berkeley. After earning his master’s in scientific instrumentation at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he continued to hone his craft while serving as a computer consultant for biologists.

The main focus of Sneed’s work has always been nature, science, and the environment. The son of biologists, he fell in love with the natural world at an early age, watching whales with his mother and catching snakes, turtles, and fish with his father. In his writing, he draws from both his formal education, as well as from extensive travels to the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Central America, and other parts of the world. His articles have appeared in The Humanist, Environmental Action, Florida Wildlife, Islands, Cricket, and Highlights for Children.

Author of more than 30 children’s books, Sneed seeks not only to educate, entertain, and inspire children, but also to empower them to effect positive change. In addition to writing, he is also an active speaker. He has won many speaking awards and addresses thousands of students and educators each year about writing and the environment. Sneed was recently awarded the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for 2006.

Sneed lives in Montana where he continues to write books and articles for young people.

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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: Andrew Plant
ISBN: 978-1-57091-584-0
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5 - 8
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Discover one of Australia's unique creatures—the platypus. Follow a female platypus as she hunts for food, finds a mate, builds shelter, and cares for her pups.

"Richly detailed . . ."
Booklist

"An interesting informational read or read-aloud for the young animal lover."
Kirkus Reviews
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: Robin Brickman
ISBN: 978-1-57091-388-4
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4 - 7
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Learn about several different birds, and how their beaks are uniquely styled to help them survive.

"Truly fascinating."
School Library Journal

"This exploration of bird beaks will fly off the shelf. Collard, a scientist, biologist, and author of over 30 nature titles, provides a treasure trove of interesting facts about beaks that peak, probe, crush, tear, tap, skim, scoop, stab, pry, and dig. . . . The choice of artist was truly brilliant. . . . She provides spectacular watercolor and cut-paper collages that . . . should cause gasps of wonder."
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: Kristin Kest
ISBN: 978-0-88106-836-8
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4 - 7
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By exploring some of the reasons behind what animals do and how they look, Creepy Creatures shows readers that animals do not frighten us on purpose; their unique attributes just help them to survive.
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: James M. Needham
ISBN: 978-1-57091-632-8
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5 - 8
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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.
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: Robin Brickman
ISBN: 978-1-57091-389-1
Ages: 
6 - 9
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In 1980, scientists discovered that hundreds of corals on the Great Barrier Reef participate in a mass spawning event. One Night in the Coral Sea discusses this event and follows the coral larvae's perilous journey through the sea to their home on the reef.

"[Children will be captivated."
Booklist

"This stands out from the school of other reef tours . . . both for its special focus and its riveting illustrations."
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ISBN: 978-1-57091-390-7
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: James M. Needham
ISBN: 978-0-88106-928-0
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5 - 8
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Our Natural Homes 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.
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: James M. Needham
ISBN: 978-0-88106-268-7
Ages: 
5 - 8
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It's time to put on your mask, snorkel, and flippers and dive into this aquatic adventure. Explore thirteen ecosystems from local rivers and lakes to the deep sea and the Southern Ocean (Antarctic). Readers will have fun discovering the great diversity of life that inhabits the waters covering 70 percent of the earth's surface.
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III
ISBN: 978-1-58089-324-4
Ages: 
9 - 12
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Science writer and avid lizard lover Sneed B. Collard III introduces readers to an impressive gallery of lizards, from the garden-variety Western fence lizard to the Texas horned lizard that only a mother could love.

"[T]his may lead to true lizard-love."
--Kirkus Reviews

"[T]his book will engage readers from beginning to end."
--Booklist

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-325-1
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: Phyllis V. Saroff
ISBN: 978-1-58089-120-2
Ages: 
5 - 8
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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 wrter Sneed B. Collard III explores the various functions, structures, and number of animal's teeth.

"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."
&mdashKirkus Reviews

"[I]nteresting facts and comparisons...should attract animal lovers."
&mdashSchool Library Journal

[T]he information Collard provides is astonishing.
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ISBN: 978-1-58089-121-9
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: Gregory Wenzel
ISBN: 978-1-57091-403-4
Ages: 
6 - 9
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Readers journey from the past, when people believed the ocean was bottomless, to the present, when scientists use submersibles and remote-controlled vehicles to research the ocean floor. Find out how various plants and animals live miles below the surface.
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: Michael Rothman
ISBN: 978-0-88106-985-3
Ages: 
6 - 9
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This book takes readers on a journey to the incredible cloud forest.
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ISBN: 978-0-88106-986-0
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By author: Sneed B. Collard III   Illustrated by: Robin Brickman
ISBN: 978-1-57091-612-0
Ages: 
5 - 8
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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.
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