Bucking Horse Books - Awards & Reviews

Since we launched Bucking Horse Books in August, 2010, we've been thrilled and overwhelmed (in a good way) at the amount of positive press our company and titles have received. We're pleased to share some of it with you!


  • Fire Birds: Eureka! Nonfiction Book Award from the California State Library Association
  • Fire Birds: Green Prize for Sustainable Literature from the Santa Monica Public Library
  • Fire Birds finalist for the High Plains Book Award
  • Fire Birds NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books 2016
  • Fire Birds Finalist for 2015-16 Keystone to Reading Award
  • Fire Birds receives starred review from School Library Journal
  • Fire Birds receives two stars (highest rating) from Science Books & Films
  • Fire Birds named a Junior Library Guild selection
  • Dog 4491 named Finalist for the Green Earth Book Award
  • Dog 4491 named Finalist for Keystone to Reading Book Award
  • The World's Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, Finalist, 2011 High Plains Book Award for Nonfiction
  • The Governor's Dog is Missing, Finalist, 2013-2014 Children's Crown Award The Governor's Dog is Missing, Finalist, 2013-2014 Children's Crown Award (download a ballot and vote now!) http://childrenscrownaward.org/crown.htm

Selected Reviews and Article Links

  • School Library Journal April 2015 starred review – Fire Birds
    "Gr 4-8 – Blame it on Smokey the Bear and his "Only you can prevent forest fires!" campaign. We know today that the long-held U.S. Forest Service fire suppression policy led to a build-up of large amounts of dead wood and leaves, which, coupled with warmer temperatures and drier forests, has been responsible for some of the extreme fires witnessed in recent years. Adding to that information are the discoveries made by scientists studying these devastated areas, who have learned that various species flock to them and, in some cases, prefer them. In particular, Collard follows the work of Richard Hutto, a Montana ornithologist, who has been monitoring birds in charred landscapes since 1988. The book is both a look at the benefits of these potentially dangerous events of nature and an exploration of ecosystems that thrive in their wake. Wood-boring beetles that detect the infrared radiation emitted by fires arrive to lay eggs, and woodpeckers come to feast on the beetle larvae and nest. With a steady supply of food and fewer predators, avian young survive in greater numbers, and so it goes. The author also discusses private vs. public policy in response to forest fires and the questions surrounding the efficacy of salvage logging. Large print, glossy pages, and numerous full-page, up-close color photos of bird species add up to a handsome volume. VERDICT A book that will leave readers asking questions and challenging assumptions – and with a keener appreciation of our environment. A first purchase for most libraries. – Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal"

    Link to complete review of Fire Birds in Publisher's Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/9780984446070

    Link to complete starred review of Fire Birds in Science Books & Films: https://www.juniorlibraryguild.com/books/view.dT/9780984446070

  • Billings Gazette review of Dog 4491: Collard's new book effortlessly captures two eras, by Charity Dewing, 2013.

    "Collard effortlessly captures two eras intertwined to achieve a shared goal. As Sam and Rollie work together to stop the evil Cheesebros gang from destroying Enterprise, the reader is taken on a whimsical journey. Collard's even-paced plot and easy dialogue provide a delightful read. The charming bond between Sam and Rollie adroitly captures the innocence and faith of a child's imagination. This enchanting young-adult mystery offers the perfect blend of history, suspense and adventure with a willing suspension of disbelief suitable for children of any age."

  • Montana Arts Council State of the Arts: Review of Cartwheel - A Sequel to Double Eagle by Judy Shafter, Jan/Feb 2013 (PDF).
  • American Cowboy: review of "Bucking Horse Sale" by Maggie Zawalski, Feb/Mar 2011 issue, page 93.
  • Great Falls Tribune: "New children's book inspired by Jag, and his sidekick." by Kristen Inbody, Jan. 16th, 2011.
  • Booklist: review of "Bucking Horse Sale" (posted on Amazon) by Ilene Cooper on Nov. 1st, 2010.
  • Montana Arts Council State of the Arts: "Writer becomes publisher: An interview with children's author Sneed Collard III" by Kristi Niemeyer, Nov/Dec 2010.
  • Publisher's Weekly: "Montana Author Launches Publishing House" by Claire Kirch, August 26th, 2010.
  • Missoulian: "Missoula writer Collard turns publisher for himself, other authors" by Betsy Cohen, August 22nd, 2010.
  • The Billings Gazette: "Bucking Horse book is a fun ride for readers" by Chris Rubich, August 20th, 2010.

Radio & Audio


Additional Reviews and Press

  • Review of Hangman's Gold by Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch, December 2011.
  • Small Press Bookwatch: review of "Governor's Dog", Feb. 2011
  • Children's Literature: review of "Bucking Horse Sale" (posted on Barnes and Noble) by Donna Ashcraft, 2010
  • The Midwest Book Review: Wisconsin Bookwatch, September, 2010.
  • http://bookwisdombydiane.blogspot.com/, August 2012

    "Today on KKCO, News11 Morning Show, I shared two, fun mysteries in a series for kids ages 8 - 12, the tweens. Why are mysteries important for kids to read? Why are there so many fans of mysteries? What does it take to write a very good mystery for children? I could write a whole blog on that but I won't do that here. What I can say is that a good mystery is about solving a problem in a clever way that keeps the reader engaged."

    "Sneed B. Collard III has brought his award winning, writing experience and his sense of humor into his newest fiction work, The Slate Stephens Mysteries, THE GOVENOR'S DOG IS MISSING! and HANGMAN'S GOLD. He also brings his knowledge of child development into his characters. Sneeds characters are very believable. The humor, innocence, natural exploration balanced with doing the right thing captures this age group that Slate and his companion Daphne belong to. It's a perfect match for tween readers. What else makes this series stand out? Sneed is very good at all aspects of writing, and he carries it off with his great storytelling. If you think you need zombies, vampires, dragons, or pirates to entertain your children, you will be pleasantly surprised because Sneed's writing will provide more than that and includes some Western history, biology, and geology. This is fun stuff and never a dull moment writing."

    Diane Kress Hower http://bookwisdombydiane.blogspot.com/