Better Together: Pairing Fiction, Nonfiction To Boost Learning Outcomes

Ham and cheese. Batman and Robin. Lucy and Ethel. Bogie and Bacall. The right pairings can transform two already-good components into a combination that's truly great!

What's true for food and entertainment can be just as true for education. Pairing related fiction and nonfiction titles accomplishes a similar great synergy when it comes to achieving curriculum goals and improving learning outcomes. Paired texts teach students to evaluate multiple sources of information by requiring them to analyze two or more texts on the same topic, in either print or digital format. In doing so, students develop independent, critical thinking abilities and basic research skills.

We can help with specialized collections and tools such as our as our advanced online search feature and Series Tracker. To get you started, here are some great paired titles for elementary, middle school, and high school readers, as well as the titles below.

Elementary School

Bullying - K-3

Bullying - 3-6

Amazing Animals - K-3

Amazing Animals - 3-6

Friendship - K-3

Friendship - 3-6

Middle School

Fantasy and Mythology

Social Life

Historical Perspectives

High School

Stories of Survival

Growing Up

New Worlds: Science Fiction