A Place for Bats

by Melissa Stewart
Illustrated by Higgins Bond
Category: Series: A Place forThemes: Animals
Did you know that almost a third of the world’s 1,300 species of bats are in serious trouble?  
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  • ISBN: 9781561457625
  • Publication date: 04/01/2017
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10-3/8" x 9-3/8"
  • Age Range: 6-10
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  • ISBN: 9781561457632
  • Publication date: 04/01/2017
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10-3/8" x 9-3/8"
  • Age Range: 6-10
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  • ISBN: 9781682632987
  • Publication date: 10/01/2020
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Did you know that almost a third of the world’s 1,300 species of bats are in serious trouble?

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

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award
NSTA Recommends
Green Earth Book Award (Honor Book, Picture Book) ―Newton Marasco Foundation

Chased from their caves and forests, sickened by cave-dwelling fungi, and swept from the skies by wind turbines, bats have no place to hide. And human actions often contribute to the problems. How can we help ensure that there will be a safe place for bats?

In simple yet compelling language, acclaimed science writer Melissa Stewart showcases twelve types of North American bats, from the familiar little brown bat to the Mexican free-tailed bat. Her clear narrative shows the threats these bats face, and informative sidebars describe a variety of efforts to save them. In addition, remarkable full-color illustrations vividly and accurately depict bats 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.



Melissa Stewart


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.


Higgins Bond


Higgins Bond received a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and has illustrated many books for children. She lives in Tennessee.


“With simple yet eloquent text and lovely realistic paintings, Melissa Stewart and Higgins Bond show readers what can be done to make sure that there will always be A Place for Bats… Affecting and empowering, this book might inspire kids to take a closer look at the environmental issues in their own backyard and get involved.” ―School Library Journal

“An essential science addition for a classroom library…” ―Reading Today

“Through her ‘A Place for…’ series, Stewart aims to inform young readers of how people’s activities affect animals with which we share our world. In the latest addition to the series, she discusses an often misunderstood and maltreated group, bats.” ―Science Magazine

“The author leaves readers with a sense of urgency and understanding of why we should care about bats and gives suggestions on what to do to help save them. If you weren’t a bat lover before reading this book, your mind will certainly be changed after reading it. You might even find yourself going out to buy materials to start building bat boxes!” ―NSTA Recommends


Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2012

NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2012

Green Earth Book Award (Honor Book, Picture Book) ―Newton Marasco Foundation, 2013

Subaru / SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books (Children’s Science Picture Books Finalist) ―American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013

Correll Book Award ―University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development, 2013

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2013

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2013-2014

Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (Primary Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2013-2014

Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―Washington Library Media Association, 2014


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AR Level: 5.0
F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre I
Lexile: 920L
Themes: Bats, Biodiversity, Environment, Habitat, Life Cycles
BISAC 1: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 2: JNF003140 / JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mammals
BISAC 3: JNF003320 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Nocturnal