Project Description

Place for Fish
Teacher’s Guide

A Place for Fish

Part of A Place for…

by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Higgins Bond

For nature lovers, environmentalists, and fans of fresh- and salt-water creatures.

In her award-winning A Place for… series, noted science writer Melissa Stewart explores declining species in nature and how humans can help. This teacher and classroom favorite centers on the fish population.

Scientists have discovered more than 25,000 species of fish on Earth and estimate there are thousands more to be identified, but the fish population has been steadily declining for decades. Human actions often contribute to the decline. How can we help ensure that there will be a safe place for fish?

In simple yet compelling language, veteran science writer Melissa Stewart showcases twelve types of North American fish, from the North Atlantic swordfish to the spotted trunkfish of Florida’s coral reefs. Her clear narrative shows the threats these fish face, and informative sidebars describe a wide variety of efforts to save them. Featuring glorious full-color illustrations by Higgins Bond and range maps for each fish, this is a perfect choice for budding scientists, environmentalists, and nature lovers.

This nonfiction picture book is part of the prize-winning A Place for… series, six titles designed to inform young readers about a wide range of environmental issues and to present ways people can help protect animals and their natural habitats.

Also available:
A Place for Bats
A Place for Birds
A Place for Butterflies
A Place for Frogs
A Place for Turtles
Teacher’s Guide available.


Green Earth Book Award (Shortlist, Children’s Nonfiction) / Newton Marasco Foundation
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) / Kansas National Education Association
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 / NSTA / CBC

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-011-2
Publication Date: 4/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-012-9
Publication Date: 4/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 5.0
F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre I
Lexile: 870L
Themes: Fish, Biodiversity, Environments, Habitats, Life Cycle
BISAC 1: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 2: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 3: JNF003090 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Fishes


“The information is presented in a simple and idealistic way for young readers. The full-color illustrations on every page are very detailed…” ―School Library Journal

“Attractive, informative introduction to fish and their conservation.” ―Booklist

“This nonfiction picture book glows with beautiful acrylic illustrations showing underwater, shoreline, and sea scenes…This total package of text and illustration attracts readers and provides facts for budding conservationists…” ―Library Media Connection

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A Place For Fish is clear, concise, and written in short sentences that make it easy for children to understand. It is also quite lovely to behold, with brilliant illustrations (by artist Higgins Bond) that are so realistic, you’ll feel as if you can touch the fish with your fingers, or stick your big toe in the cool blue water.” ―Picture Book Depot

“Lush, colorful spreads draw in the reader and show the physical features of the fish in their environments. Inset art with the name of the fish adds more information. The acrylic art is done in the lovely style for which Peachtree is known and provides an up close picture of a variety of fish in their habitats…This book would make a good introduction to a study of environments, Earth Day, habitats, and interactions of animals in their environments.” ―Simply Science

“There’s a lot to love in this book, starting with the range maps filling the endpapers. So I was engaged before I even reached the title page – but what do you expect when you team up an award-winning writer with a scientific illustrator?” ―Archimedes Notebook

“Stewart brings young readers through a story of how human action, and sometimes inaction, can create issues for our friends living in the water. With tons of facts and stunning illustrations provided by Higgins Bond, your child can learn ways to help protect these important creatures.” ―Children and Teens Book Connection

“Older children could use the information from the sidebars for school projects; preschoolers could enjoy the narration written at the top of the page during a story time about sea life.” ―Curled Up with a Good Kids Book

A Place for Fish is the perfect book to read during Earth Day celebrations. Not only does it introduce children to fish life around the country, it shows the impact that humans have on their survival. As with her previous books, the colorful & detailed illustrations (by Higgins Bond) really add to the book.” ―Jenn’s Bookshelves

“Stewart’s dual-level text is perfect for book buddy programs or classrooms with a large spread in ability levels.” ―Kate Narita

“A great book with a great message… with Earth day coming up this is definitely a great book to read to a classroom or at home.” ―Once Upon a Twilight

“Young readers will marvel at the beautiful fish, opening their minds to a world of possibilities and older readers will learn how to incorporate the lessons they learn as they read the book and interact with nature…” ―There’s a Book

A Place for Fish is a great teaching tool that doesn’t feel too educational. It’s enjoyable. And did I mention beautiful? I highly recommend it!” ―A Word’s Worth

“With so many books shouting in our faces to “be careful” with our world, this book comes alongside readers more gently and exposes them to awareness without stern heavy-handedness. A pleasing read that will help children learn environmental responsibility.” ―YA and Kids Books Central

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teacher Association, Children’s Book Council, 2012

Green Earth Book Award (Shortlist, Children’s Nonfiction) ―Newton Marasco Foundation, 2012

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2012

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Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart earned degrees from Union College and New York University and worked as an editor. She is the author of more than sixty books and lives in Massachusetts. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Higgins Bond received a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and has illustrated many books for children. She lives in Tennessee. You can visit her website here.