Chick(en) Lit for Kids

At Wrapped in Foil blog today we are featuring four children’s books about chickens.

At the top of the list is a 2015 Cybils award nominee in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category, A Chicken Followed Me Home!: Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl by Robin Page.


Written in a lively question-and-answer format, the text explains such basics as what a chicken eats, how to tell a hen from a rooster, how a chick gets out of its shell, etc. The framing story of a chicken following someone home adds imagination and some light humor.

The back matter contains two pages of even more pertinent questions about chickens, including where did the first chicken come from, how fast can a chicken run, and what is the largest breed of chicken. Do you know the answers?

Robin Page did the colorful, highly-textured illustrations digitally. They have a collage feel reminiscent of those done by her children’s book illustrator husband, Steve Jenkins.

A Chicken Followed Me Home would be useful for a child learning about their first chicken or one writing a report about chickens.

Visit Wrapped in Foil to see what other books made the list, including a middle-grade novel.