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Texas 2x2 Books for children

2023-2024 Texas 2x2 Books by ccope



2022-2023 Texas 2x2 Books

The Texas Library Association 2x2 Committee produces a list of 20 recommended books for children, age two years to grade two.

For more information and activities for the current list, view the TLA site: Texas 2X2 Book List 

2023 Texas 2x2 

Books For Children, Ages 2 thru 2nd Grade

I'm Hungry! Tengo Hambre!
by Angela Dominguez

A bilingual picture book that's sweet enough to eat about a chatty bluebird and an indecisive T. Rex who can't decide what his next meal should be, introducing readers to basic Spanish and English food vocabulary.

I Was Born a Baby
by Meg Fleming

This adorable read-aloud story introduces baby animals who share what they are called and what they grow up into, and shows how some baby animals share their names with several other species.

by Matthew Forsythe

Mina, who lives in a hollowed-out tree stump on the edge of the forest, must choose between trusting her father and listening to her own instincts when he brings home a suspicious surprise from the woods.

Odd Birds: Meet Nature's Weirdest Flock
by Laura Gehl

Introduces babies and toddlers to unusual bird species, including the magnificent frigatebird with a bright red throat pouch and the California condor - the largest flying birds in North America! Gentle rhyming verses provide the comforting repetition that little ones crave, even as their minds are opened to new and fascinating creatures from around the world

Berry Song
by Michaela Goade

As a young Tlingit girl collects wild berries over the seasons, she sings with her grandmother as she learns to speak to the land and listen when the land speaks back.

Bathe the Cat
by Alice B. McGinty

Dad has posted a list of chores for the family to do before grandma comes, including bathing the cat; but the cat does not want a bath, so she mixes up the instructions, and soon the family is mowing the floor, vacuuming the lawn, mopping the baby--and the house is in chaos.

Chester van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme
by Avery Monsen

Rhyming has always come easily to Chester van Chime. But one day he loses his gift and struggles to find the right words.

Pizza!: A Slice of History
by Greg Pizzoli

Bursting with color, flavor and fun facts, this delightful and delicious history of pizza takes readers through time and around the globe to serve up the real story of the world's favorite food.

A Seed Grows
by Antoinette Portis

Including a bright fold-out spread of a full-grown sunflower and additional material explaining the life cycle of plants, this transformative story offers a close-up view of each step of the process as a seed becomes a sunflower.

Perfectly Imperfect Mira
by Faith Pray

Mira wants to be good at something, but she is held back by her desire to be perfect.

Somewhere in the Bayou
by Jarrett Pumphrey

Rat, Squirrel, Rabbit, and Mouse want to cross the bayou, but next to the log they are considering as a bridge is a sneaky tail, which may be attached to someone dangerous. Each of the four approach the problem with a different strategy, with varying results.

Where in the World Are You?
by Marie G. Rohde

A curious cat embarks on a journey of discovery that encourages young readers to think about their place in the world, reminding us that even when we are apart, we are all connected.

Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings!
by Laurel Snyder

This funny choose-your-path picture book of fractured fairy tales offers young readers the chance to build their own narrative out of the decisions they make each step of the way. 

Powwow Day
by Traci Sorell

Unable to dance at the powwow this year due to illness, River feels isolated and alone until she discovers the healing power of community, in this uplifting, contemporary Native American story. 

Solitary Animals: Introverts of the Wild
by Joshua David Stein

This lyrical text honors animals who live in solitude, in contrast to others who live in groups. Against a backdrop of the specific names of various animal tribes (a parade of elephants, a tower of giraffes, a dazzle of zebras), Stein shines a spotlight on those animals who go through life on their own. With nature at his back, Stein invites readers to draw strength and comfort from the behaviors of fellow mammals. Perfect for children who tend to be alone and their well as all children, who will be encouraged to respect the "natural" choices of their peers.

That's Not My Name!
by Anoosha Syed

During her first day of school when her classmates mispronounce her name, Mirha shies away from correcting them, wondering if she should find a new one until her Mama helps her to see just how special her name is.

Counting to Bananas: A Mostly Rhyming Fruit Book
by Carrie Tillotson

A banana wants to be the star of this rhyming counting book, but the narrator has other plans.

Big Truck Little Island
by Chris Van Dusen

When a big truck and its big load get stuck on a narrow road, traffic on the little island comes to a halt. Some cars need to go south, and some have to travel north. How will Meg get to her swim meet? What about Barry's ballet class? Luckily, the kids come up with an ingenious solution: why not just swap cars?"

Vámonos/Let's Go: Mexican Folk Art Transport in English and Spanish
by Cynthia Weill

An introduction in English and Spanish to different methods of transportation.

Bear Has a Belly
by Jane Whittingham

Do you have a nose like Fox, cheeks like Squirrel, and a tongue like Frog does? In rhythmic text perfect for an energetic read-aloud, Bear Has a Belly points out Moose's legs, Otter's back, and Duck's feet, inviting little ones to chime in with every body part they share in common. Bright photographs of the animal friends are paired with images of real children of diverse backgrounds and abilities who are joyfully engaging with that body part.