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Happy Spring Everyone!

Not a bitterroot, but another favorite Montana wildflower, shooting stars!

Not a bitterroot, but another favorite Montana wildflower, shooting stars!

I just went outside to find the bitterroots—Montana’s State Flower—already sprouting in our front garden. This is by far the earliest I’ve ever seen them pop up. Unfortunately, an army of weeds are joining them, so you can guess how I’ll be spending my free hours for the next four months!

Fire Birds--available now!

Fortunately, I’ve got a lot to celebrate. My newest book, Fire Birds—Valuing Natural Forest Fires and Burned Forests is racking up amazing reviews, including starred reviews from School Library Journal and Science Books & Films. To learn about how I wrote this book, click on the Research tab. Fire Birds is available now from most outlets, including Bucking Horse Books distributor Mountain Press. To order, call (800)234-5308 or (406)728-1900.

My son with fantastic author-illustrator Cheryl Harness at the 47th Warrensburg Children's Literature Festival in Missouri!

My son with fantastic author-illustrator Cheryl Harness at the 47th Warrensburg Children’s Literature Festival in Missouri!

I also just wrapped up some terrific spring school visits to Columbia, South Carolina and Kansas City, Missouri, along with visits to the Virginia State Reading Association conference and the Warrensburg Children’s Literature Festival. Next fall, I’m planning school visits to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Houston, so please get in touch if you’re interested.

What’s next? I’m excited about both new fiction and nonfiction projects. I have two novels “under construction” along with a memoir and two new science books. I don’t have the publication dates yet, but look for something this fall. I’ll keep you posted. Until then, keep reading, observing, and learning about our amazing planet!

Sneed

Visiting with some of the awesome students at Taipei American School.

Visiting with some of the awesome students at Taipei American School last fall.

Book Alerts: Both The Governor’s Dog is Missing and Hangman’s Gold are now available as eBooks for the Kindle.

Teacher Alerts: I am planning fall school visits to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas. If you’re interested, please shoot me an email at collard@bigsky.net. Also, be sure to share The Nonfiction Minute with your class every day!