Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

A Place for Birds (Revised)

Part of A Place for…

by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Higgins Bond

Why are birds in danger, and how can we help?

A perfect nonfiction book for budding birders and nature lovers from the award-winning A Place for… series by celebrated science writer Melissa Stewart. A teacher and classroom favorite!

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―NSTA/CBC
CCBC Choices (The Natural World)
Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education
Green Earth Book Award (Honor Book, Picture Book)
NSTA Recommends

North America has almost three billion fewer birds now than it had fifty years ago. Can you believe it? Birds are in danger, and they are calling for our help. But humans are often the source of the harm! What can we do to help save them?

In simple yet compelling language, Melissa Stewart showcases twelve North American birds, from the familiar eastern bluebird to the rare Kirtland’s warbler. Her clear narrative shows the threats these birds face, and informative sidebars describe a wide variety of efforts to save them. In addition, remarkable full-color illustrations vividly and accurately depict the birds within the ecosystems that support their survival. Range maps and additional bird facts are also included.

This nonfiction picture book is part of a prize-winning series 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. An ideal choice for birders, scientists, environmentalists, and nature lovers.

Also available:
A Place for Bats
A Place for Butterflies
A Place for Fish
A Place for Frogs
A Place for Turtles

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-839-4
Publication Date: 4/1/2015
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-840-0
Publication Date: 4/1/2015
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 5.2
GRL: P, Gr 3
Lexile: 970L
Themes: Birds, Biodiversity, Environment, Habitats, Life Cycles
BISAC 1: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 2: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 3: JNF003030  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds


“An accessible introduction to environmental issues…effective and engaging… Bond’s acrylic illustrations depict realistic scenes with a crisp vibrancy. Put this one in the hands of budding scientists, environmentalists and nature lovers.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Well organized and laid out and should make for a useful prompt for discussing human effects on the environment: statements about the problems birds encounter are accompanied by handsome, realistic paintings.” ―School Library Journal

“A useful addition to science collections.” ―Booklist

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“Bond’s full color illustrations extend the information provided in the text.” ―The Carroll News

“The information on the various species is equally enticing…The artwork throughout is true to life, rich with detail and natural color.” ―Bristol Herald Courier

“Although this book is geared toward children, parents and teachers may want to check it out because of the clear quality of writing and outstanding illustrations.” ―Library Media Connection

“Wonderful, realistic illustrations…” ―The News Tribune

“Beautiful illustrations and clear, concise text…a fascinating look at a variety of birds.” ―The Science Teacher, STARRED REVIEW

“Like other books in the series, this combines the best parts of a field guide with engaging stories about environmental concerns facing birds across our country…Another excellent book from this author/illustrator team.” ―Ithaca Child

“The book’s tone is spot on: practical, informed, and optimistic.” ―Natural History



Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2010

CCBC Choices (The Natural World) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2010

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2010

Green Earth Book Award (Honor Book, Picture Book) ―Newton Marasco Foundation, 2010

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NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2010

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2009

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Chicago Public Library, 2009

Keystone to Reading Book Award (Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2010-2011


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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.