Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

A Place for Butterflies (Revised)

Part of A Place for…

by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Higgins Bond

Butterfly lovers, unite!

Butterfly species are disappearing in the U.S., and award-winning nonfiction science writer Melissa Stewart shares why and how we can help. A teacher and classroom favorite from the celebrated A Place for… series!

Once abundant monarch butterflies are disappearing in the U.S.…but that’s only part of the story. Many other butterfly species are also in trouble, and human action is often the cause of their plight. What can we do to help protect this important insect?

In clear and compelling language, Melissa Stewart showcases twelve North American butterflies—from the familiar eastern tiger swallowtail to the rare Palos Verdes blue butterfly—and the ecosystems that support their survival. The simple narrative states the dangers that each of these butterfly populations face, and informative sidebars describe the efforts of people to save them. Featuring glorious full-color illustrations by Higgins Bond and range maps for each butterfly, this book is perfect for aspiring entomologists and conservationists.

This nonfiction picture book is part of the prize-winning A Place for… series, six titles that open readers’ minds to a wide range of environmental issues and shows how humans are striving to protect animals and their natural habitats.

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


Best Children’s Books of the Year / Bank Street College of Education
Conservation Book of the Year Award / Izaak Walton League of America
Green Earth Book Award (Nonfiction) / Newton Marasco Foundation
NSTA Recommends / National Science Teachers Association

Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-784-7
Publication Date: 4/1/2014
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 5.4
GRL: P, Gr 3
Lexile: 980L
Themes: Butterflies, Biodiversity, Environment, 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: JNF003120 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.


“Gorgeous artwork shows up-close portraits of each butterfly, as well as a larger, detailed view of its habitat. Good observers will spot each butterfly, egg or caterpillar within the habitat.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Rich with color and detail, Bond’s paintings of varied ecosystems offer plenty for children to see while they learn the facts about butterflies and the accessible message about conservation.” ―Booklist

“Eye-catching and informative.” ―School Library Journal

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“One of the best informational books about butterflies…Children will be lured in by the beautiful pictures and will come away filled with much new information.” ―The Carroll News

“Stewart combines the best parts of a field guide with engaging stories about environmental concerns facing butterflies across our country.” ―Ithaca Child

“This book is absolutely amazing! The inside covers of the paperback edition contain maps for where certain types of butterflies can be found. The main text is easily accessible for kids to read on their own or it can be used as a read aloud as well.” ―Maine Reading Association



Green Earth Book Award (Nonfiction) ―Newton Marasco Foundation, 2007

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2007

Conservation Book of the Year Award ―Izaak Walton League of America, 2006

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Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Best Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2006

Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2009-2010

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2007

Best Books of the Year ―Science Books and Film, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006


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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.