A Place for Fish

by Melissa Stewart
Illustrated by Higgins Bond
Category: Series: A Place forThemes: Animals
For nature lovers, environmentalists, and fans of fresh- and salt-water creatures.  

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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.



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.


“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


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


Resources: Teacher's Guide

Teacher’s Guide

More Details

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