A Place for Turtles

by Melissa Stewart
Illustrated by Higgins Bond
Category: Series: A Place forThemes: Animals
Turtles outlived the dinosaurs, but today they are one of the most threatened species of vertebrae on Earth. How can we help?  

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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.



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.


“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


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

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


Resources: Teacher's Guide

Teacher’s Guide

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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