Project Description

A Place for Turtles
Teacher’s Guide

A Place for Turtles

Part of A Place for…

by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Higgins Bond

Turtles outlived the dinosaurs, but today they are one of the most threatened species of vertebrae on Earth. How can we help?

A teacher and classroom favorite from Melissa Stewart’s award-winning A Place for… series, which spotlights vanishing species. Ideal for budding scientists, environmentalists, and nature lovers.

“A perfect resource.” ―National Science Teachers Association

In simple yet engaging language, acclaimed science writer Melissa Stewart showcases twelve types of North American turtles, from the familiar box turtle to the majestic loggerhead turtle. Her clear narrative shows the threats these turtles 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 turtle, this is a perfect choice for budding scientists, environmentalists, and nature lovers.

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.

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


Green Earth Book Award (Nonfiction) / The Nature Generation
NSTA Recommends / National Science Teachers Association
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 / NSTA / CBC

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-096-9
Publication Date: 4/1/2019
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-097-6
Publication Date: 4/1/2019
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 4.9
F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre P
Themes: Biodiversity, Environment, Habitats, Life Cycle, Turtles
BISAC 1: JNF003190 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Reptiles & Amphibians
BISAC 2: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 3: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems


“While the topic of the book is clearly turtles, the narrative…will get young minds thinking about the interconnectedness of organisms, ecology, and the impact of human actions on the world around them. A classroom-friendly blend of story and fact.” ―Booklist

“This is a worthy addition to the other titles in the ‘A Place for…’ series. After exploring this title, readers will certainly want to insure that turtles have safe places to live and grow.” ―Reading Today

A Place for Turtles and others in the series would be a perfect choice for an Earth Day celebration. Unlike some books about threatened and endangered animals, this book remains positive by explaining what can be done to help mitigate threats. What a great way to learn more about turtles and help them at the same time.” ―Growing with Science

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“Beautifully painted and poetic… This type of specific information will work well for early-elementary reports. More specifics cover the front and back flyleaves, where each turtle’s habitat is shown in a colorful map. With that kind of information, parents and teachers could devise reading activities.” ―4th Grade Reading

“Like others in the ‘A Place for…’ series, this one provides a fascinating look at a diversity of turtles.” ―Archimedes Notebook

“Filled with lush color artwork throughout, this book also gives several turtle facts and has a handy bibliography.” ―Blue Owl Reviews

“This beautifully illustrated book about turtles gives a good introduction to young elementary children of the importance of preserving the natural habitats of wildlife and in particular turtles.” ―Chat with Vera

“The thing I enjoyed the most about this book though are the incredibly beautiful illustrations. Each turtle is painted in its natural habitat doing what they do. Some of the illustrations show people helping the turtles, some show the dangers. I appreciated the variety.” ―GeoLibrarian

“Families will find it interesting to talk about different projects that communities are undertaking to improve life for turtles.” ―Great Kid Books

“When [Stewart] had all the right material she needed she wrote this book in a way that our children will be encouraged to help the turtle and its habitat so they can live and grow. The illustrations are spot on with the author’s writings giving a visual look of the different kinds of turtles and their habitats.” ―It’s About Time MaMaw

“A fascinating look at the roles humans have played in the survival of many turtle species. The information is fascinating… The illustrations are tremendous.” ―Kid Lit Reviews

“A great introduction for children to become their own little turtle activist.” ―Letters, Numbers and Books

“The book is an excellent introduction to ecology and the impact of nature and man on the turtle. Perfect for the young scientist or ecologist.” ―Novel Nutritious

“Stewart writes with an engaging tone, inviting young readers to explore the subject… A fine choice for library nonfiction collections, this is a great introduction to turtles and an inspiring call to action for children.” ―Waking Brain Cells

“There is so much to love about this book. From the moment you open the cover, there is information. The endpapers have maps of a dozen North American turtles and their ranges. The main text, across the top of a gorgeous two-page illustration, is brief and accessible.” ―A Year of Reading

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association. Children’s Book Council, 2014

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Best Book, Science K-12) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2013

Green Earth Book Award (Nonfiction) ―The Nature Generation, 2014

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for Children’s Literature ―Northland College, 2014

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NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2013

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2014

Alabama Camellia Awards (Nominee, Grades 4-5) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2014-2015

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2014-2015

Massachusetts Book Awards (Must-Read Children’s. Young Adult Literature) ―Massachusetts Center for the Book, 2014

Missouri Reading Circle (Primary) ―Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2013

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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.