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2011 Texas 2 X 2 Reading List

The 2 X 2 Reading List is a project of the Children's Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association and is a list of 20 books recommended for children age 2 to grade 2.

Anna Alter. Disappearing Desmond
Desmond is so skilled at disappearing that sometimes even his teacher cannot find him but when he meets Gloria, a new student at school, his attitude slowly changes.
Keith Baker. LMNO Peas
Busy little peas introduce their favorite occupations, from astronaut to zoologist.
 
Frances Barry. Let's Save the Animals
Chris Barton. Shark vs. Train
A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.
Marsha Wilson Chall. One Pup's Up
Rhyming text counts off ten puppies as they awaken one by one, chase and bounce around the house, eat kibble and get washed, then fall back to sleep.
Lindsey Craig. Dancing Feet
Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts diffent animals dancing.
David Elliott. In the Wild
A woodcut-illustrated collection of poems that celebrates wild animals.
Susan Middleton Elya. Rubia and the Three Osos
Retells the story of Goldilocks and the three bears in rhyming text interspersed with Spanish words, which are defined in a glossary.
Keith Graves. Chicken Big
A giant chicken hatches from an enormous egg, but the other chickens cannot accept that he is one of them.
Dean Hacohen. Tuck Me In!
The reader helps tuck in baby animals at bedtime using pages with flaps to serve as blankets.
Rachel Isadora. Say Hello
A little girl greets people in her neighborhood in many different languages.
David LaRochelle. 1+1=5: and Other Unlikely Additions
Colorful illustrations and unusual calculations encourage children to think about numbers in a creative way.
Lerch. Swim! Swim!
Lerch the fish is lonely, and after trying to befriend some unreceptive--and inanimate--objects, he finally succeeds in finding a friend.
Grace Lin. Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.
Salley Mayor. Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
Deborah Ruddell. Who Said Coo?
Unable to fall asleep in her cozy bed because two wide-awake nighttime birds are saying "whoo" and "coo" right outside her window, Lulu the very tired pig struggles to keep her temper while asking her friends to quiet down.
Bill Thomson. Chalk
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.
 
Deborah Underwood. A Balloon for Isabel
As graduation day approaches, Isabel tries to convince her teacher that she and Walter, both porcupines, should receive balloons on the big day just like the other children.
Karen Lynn Williams. A Beach Tail
When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail--and a trail to follow back.
Mo Willems. Cat the Cat Who Is That?
An exuberant cat introduces readers to her friends.