The Texas Library Association created the Texas 2×2 Reading List to encourage reading to and by children age 2 to grade 2. The lists for each year since 2000 are provided. Many of our favorite books have come from the 2×2 Reading Lists. The 2009 Reading List includes links to parent & children reading time activities. Here are some books from the 2×2 List with links to purchase at Amazon.
What are your kids favorites?
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. Ages 4-8. One of our favorites! Beautifully illustrated! A love-hate relationship between Bear and Mouse turns a clever children’s picture book into a tale of learning to be friendly and making new friends.
The Littlest Llama Jane Browning Buxton. Ages 3 and up. Little llama wants to play but his family is too busy, so he wanders off to find a playmate and finds adventure and a wonderful surprise when he returns home
Quinito, Day and Night/Quinito, dia y noche by Ina Cumpiano, Illustrated by Jose Ramirez. Ages 4-8. Little Quinito and his family take the reader through a day filled with opposites, including short/tall, quiet/loud, and rainy/sunny.
On the Farm Ages 2-6. Beautiful woodcut illustrations and simple humorous verses about farm animals will delight children.
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Mem Fox, Fox, Mem. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Rhyming text compares babies born in different countries and in different circumstances, but they all share the commonality of ten little fingers and ten little toes
How to Heal a Broken Wing Written & illustrated by Bob Graham. Ages 3 and up. Told in small panels, this sweet, gentle story is for all ages with a reminder to take time to care and help in a busy world.
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh. Ages 3-6. Using cutaway pages and one lift-the-flap, Walsh has created an informative and wonderful book for showing young children how they can help conserve and take care of our earth.
Chicken Said, “Cluck!” (My First I Can Read) Judyann Ackerman Grant, Illustrated by Sue Truesdell. Ages 4-8. Pearl and Earl set out to grow pumpkins with the help of a pesky chicken in this story for emergent readers.
Sort it Out! by Barbara Mariconda, Illustrated by Sherry Rogers. Ages 4-8. This little pack rat presents one of the basic science methods by sorting the things he has collected. The pictures have all kinds of surprises in them, including another packrat who turns out to be the sister.
Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic. Ages 4-8. Max the Duck wants to create the “perfect” soup. When he steps out the backdoor to find a missing ingredient, his friends Brody and Dakota fear the worst when they see a feather floating in the boiling soup.
Baseball Hour by Carol Nevius, Illustrated by Bill Thomson. Ages 4-8. Outstanding photo realist-like illustrations combined with clever poetic verse, supercharges young readers with a thrilling game of little league baseball
Jack Wants a Snack Pat Schories. Ages 2- 6. Children will love exploring the illustrations and following this wordless story of puppy dog Jack as he attempts to obtain a snack of popcorn during an outdoor tea party.
No Babysitters Allowed Amber Stewart. Ages 4-6. When his parents go out for the evening, Hopscotch works out his separation anxiety with the help of Mrs. Honeybunch and some good books.
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? Carmen Tafolla. Ages 3-6. Colorful illustrations reflect a simple, joyful family setting and present the many creative ways to use the rebozo, a traditional Mexican woven shawl.
Grumpy Cat Britta Teckentrup. Ages 2-4. A street cat, increasingly grumpy due to loneliness, changes his attitude when a small, abandoned kitten decides to be his friend.
The Doghouse Jan Thomas. Ages 3-5. Cow, Pig, Duck, and Mouse are afraid to retrieve their ball when it goes into the dog’s house, but when they do go in they are pleasantly surprised.