Twin Texts

Twin texts: Using fiction and non-fiction books to introduce content material. A non-fiction book will answer questions more straight forward while a fiction book tells a story around the theme. Children’s literature can be a bridge to teach specific contest. This article describes what twin texts are:  Twin Texts.

While in my children Literature graduate class I put together a list of Twin Texts (non-fiction and fiction books) around the theme “Farm Animals”  If you would like to teach your children about the different animals on the farm, here is the list of twin texts I arranged:


Non Fiction books:

Dunn, Phoebe. Farm Animals. New York: Random House. 1984.

This is a board book of photographs of animals that live on the farm.  Animals included are sheep, hens, kittens, chicks, and horses.  The book contains real-life photographs of the farm animals.

Cooper, Wade. Farm Animals, Scholastic Books. New York: Scholastic Ink. 2008.

This is a level two book about farm animals.  Level two introduces new vocabulary words and longer sentences.  This book has great photographs of farm animals. The text is written in rhythm and rhyme to help children remember information about each animal.  There is a picture dictionary and a list of key words at the end of the book. There is also a quiz to test comprehension. This book is a great resource to assist students in developing reading skills. Children learn about geese, sheep, pigs cows, and much more.

Provensen, A. Our Animal Friends At Maple Hill Farm. New York: Simon and Schuster. 2001.

This book describes animals that live on the author’s (Alice Provensen) own farm in New York.  The animals include geese, chickens, cows, goats, sheep, and cats.  The concept of birth and death is explored.

Fiction books:

Adams, Paul. Old McDonald had a Farm. Auburn: Child’s Play international.1975.

The setting is on at a farmyard.  Each page reveals a new animal that is hiding on Old McDonald’s farm.  As the story develops, new animals are discovered with the sounds they make.

Batemen, Teresa. Farm Flu. Illinois: Jacket Art, 2001.

This is a rhyming tale of chaos triggered by good intentions.  Mom leaves her son home to care for the farm for the day and while she is gone all the animals get the flu.  The boy takes care of the animals.  When the animals have “too much fun” being sick the boy takes away their TV and toys and the animals instantly feel much better.

Cowley, Joy. Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm. New York: Philomel Books. 2003.

Mrs. Wishy Washy loves to wash everything, including her farm animals!  When Mrs. Wishy Washy begins scrubbing the animals they become frustrated and decide they are going to run away to the city.  When they run away the end up getting lost, wandering through a hardware store and become covered with paint!  They realize they need Mrs. Wishy Washy to clean them up!  This rhyming text is great for read aloud and for

Galdone, Paul. The Little Red Hen. New York: Clarion Books. 1973.

The Little Red Hen plants grain to make bread.  She asks all of her farm friends to help her through the process of planting and harvesting the wheat to make the bread.  Her friends are lazy and do not want to help.  In the end, Hen eats the bread by herself and doesn’t share with her friends because she did all of the work.  This book has a predictable text without too many words on one page.  There is a lesson at the end of the story: if you do not help do the work then you are not going to get the reward.


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