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Brad Sneed

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Brad Sneed was raised on a farm in Newton, Kansas. Many times he would use the objects around the family farm as themes for his artwork.  Sneed would use animals and other farm equipment as inspiration for his drawings and artwork.  The farm provided a rich start for Brad Sneed. 

As a child Sneed enjoyed many things as well as drawing. Sneed talks about his enjoyment of sports and particularly football.  He says that growing up he enjoyed playing games with his sister outside in the yard.  Many of Sneed’s illustrations were inspired by his childhood on the farm.

It didn’t take long after high school for Sneed to realize that he could make a career out of his artwork and decided to pursue a degree in art at the University of Kansas.  During Sneed’s junior year at KU he was taking a children's book illustration class, and realized that he wanted to draw illustrations for children’s books.  He enjoyed the process and the creative freedom that drawing and illustrating in children’s books gave him. His first job came from Dial Books.  The first book Sneed illustrated was Grandpa's Song by Tony Johnston and his illustrations went along very well with the story.

Since Grandpa's Song, Sneed has illustrated many other children's books.  He has also illustrated for his own books.  Sneed wrote and illustrated a book about farm animals.  He also authored and illustrated Picture A Letter.

Brad Sneed lives in Prairie Village, Kansas.  Sneed continues illustrating because he enjoys doing so.  Sneed does artist lectures in elementary schools around the country.  He enjoys telling his story about his illustrations and his career. 

---Information gathered by Kansas State University

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Author Awards

  Brad Sneed – illustrator
  • I Heard Said the Bird
    • Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award nominee
  • Smokey Mountain Rose
    • American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
    • The Society of Illustrators “The Original Art 1996”
  • The Pumpkin Runner
    • The Society of Illustrators “The Original Art 1998”
    • Smithsonian’s Notable Books for Children
    • Outstanding Book Westchester County Library System Master List
    • Show Me Readers Award nominee
    • Arkansas Diamond primary Book Award nominee
  • The Bravest of Us All
    • Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award nominee
    • Atlanta Parent Monthly Best Books of 2000
    • Show Me Readers Award nominee
    • The Volunteer State Book Award nominee
  • Sorry
    • Junior Library Guild selection
    • Young Hoosier Book Award nominee
  • When Wishes Were Horses
    • Council of Wisconsin Writers Picture Books Award - honorable mention
  • Aesop’s Fables
    • The Dollywood Foundation Imagination Library selection
  • Thumbelina
    • The Society of Illustrators “The Original Art 2004”
  • Deputy Harvey and the Ant Cow Caper
    • The Society of Illustrators "The Original Art 2006"
    • 2006 Kansas Notable Book
  • The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians
    • Summer 2007 Children's Book Sense Picks
    • 2007 Friends Medallion
    • Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
    • 2008-2009 Beehive Award nominee
    • 2008-2009 Flicker Tale Children's Book Award nominee
    • 2008 Kansas Notable Book
    • 2009-2010 Volunteer State Book Award nominee
    • 2009-2010 Show Me Readers Award
    • 2009-2010 Children's Crown Award nominee
    • Comstock Book Award
    • The Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year
    • 2009 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List
  • Big Bad Wolves at School
    • 2008-2009 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award  nomine

--- Information gathered by Kansas and Western Missouri Awards

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