New 2x2 Reading List Released

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The 2X2 Reading List is a project of the Children’s Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association.

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From Sheila Acosta, chair of the 2x2 Reading List Committee:

I am excited and extremely pleased to announce the 2013 Texas 2x2 Reading List.

I would first like to thank the members of the 2012 Texas 2x2 Reading List Committee who devoted many hours this year to reviewing over 600 titles recommended for this year’s list. They will tell you it was not an easy task at all to trim the list to 20, but in early January, after hours of friendly discussion and debate, Heather Jankowski, Laurie Kirkscey, Troy Lawrence, Aubrey Sanders and I were excited about the final recommendations. We hope you enjoy reading and sharing these great titles with the children of Texas from two years to second grade. Without any further delay… I present to you the

2013 Texas 2 x 2 Reading List
ACTIVITIES: EnglishSpanish   LABELS: EnglishSpanish

  • Allen, Kathryn Madeline.  A Kiss Means I Love You. Photographs by Eric Futran. Albert Whitman. ISBN 978-0807541869. $15.99. Ages 2-5.  Children use body language to communicate - “A kiss means I love you, a wave means hello; a smile means I’m happy, a tug means let’s go!”
  • Bingham, Kelly. Z is for Moose. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Greenwillow. ISBN 978-0060799847. $16.99. Ages 4-7. A is for apple. B is for ball. C is for cat…ABC’s are supposed to be easy, but Zebra finds out the alphabet can be quite confusing when Moose shows up.
  • Cecil, Randy. Horsefly and Honeybee. Henry Holt. ISBN 978-0805093001. $16.99. Ages 4-8. Honeybee and Horsefly do not like to share, but realize that in order to survive Bullfrog’s threat, they must join together.
  • DePalma, Mary Newell. Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle. Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0802854087. $14. Ages 3-7. Fetching a ball turns into an adventure when an energetic puppy decides to chase a mischievous cat, engaging other animals along the way.
  • Elya, Susan Middleton. Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos. Illustrated by Dan Santat. Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1599904610. $16.99. Ages 3-6. An exciting, rollicking race to save a burning house gives a glimpse of the firefighters’ bravery in this bilingual story.
  • Frost, Helen. Step Gently Out. Photographs by Rick Lieder. Candlewick. ISBN 978-0763656010. $15.99. Ages 2-5. Look closely at the world around you and enjoy the amazing insects that share your space. 
  • Gershator, Phillis & Green, Mim. Time for a Hug. Illustrated by David Walker. Sterling. ISBN 978-1402778629. $9.95. Ages 3-5. Big Bunny and Little Bunny enjoy their busy day from sun-up to sun-down, but find the time to hug every hour of the day.
  • Jenkins, Emily. Lemonade in Winter. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz/Wade. ISBN 978-0375858833. $16.99. Ages 3-7. Pauline and her brother John-John learn to market and sell lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade on a wintry day.
  • Klassen, Jon. This Is Not My Hat. Candlewick. ISBN 978-0763655990. $15.99. Ages 4-8. Little fish confidently boasts of his theft, but learns quickly that crime doesn’t pay, or does it?
  • LaRochelle, David.  It’s a Tiger! Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard. Chronicle. ISBN 978-80811869256. $16.99. Ages 2-5. A boy is eager to begin his adventure in the jungle, only to be confronted by a dangerous tiger- over and over again!
  • Mack, Jeff.  Frog and Fly. Philomel. ISBN 978-0399256172. $12.99. Ages 3-6. Six slurpy stories, two comical characters, and a battle of wits assures only one will enjoy that last slurp!
  • Mack, Jeff.  Good News, Bad News. Chronicle. ISBN 978-1452101101. $16.99. Ages 3-6.  An engaging interactive story finds two friends who go on a picnic together and discover that they view life very differently.
  • Mortensen, Lori. Cindy Moo. Illustrated by Jeff Mack. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0062043931. $16.99. Ages 3-6. One brave cow sets out to prove that cows really can leap over the moon and learns that persistence pays off.
  • Norman, Kim. I Know a Wee Piggy. Illustrated by Henry Cole. Dial. ISBN 978-0803737358. $16.99. Ages 3-5.  Piggy’s fun day at the county fair becomes chaos in this cumulative tale, as he wallows through layers of colors.
  • Reagan, Jean. How to Babysit a Grandpa. Illustrated by Lee Wildish. Knopf. ISBN 978-0375867132. $16.99. Ages 5-8. This humorously informative guide explains what to expect when babysitting grandpa, and includes useful tips for young readers.
  • Reynolds, Aaron. Creepy Carrots. Illustrated by Peter Brown. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1442402973. $16.99. Ages 4-8. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots, especially the crispiest, most delicious ones he takes from Crackenhopper Field, until he begins to see carrots creeping all around him.
  • Schwartz, Cory Rosen. The Three Ninja Pigs. Illustrated by Dan Santat. G. P. Putnam. ISBN 978-0399255144. $16.99. Ages 5-8. Why do wolves think they can come to town and blow all the houses down?  Not this time, as these three little pigs show they just aren’t going to take it.   
  • Sutton, Sally. Demolition. Illustrated by Brian Lovelock. Candlewick. ISBN 978-0763658304. $15.99. Ages 3-7. The big machines and evocative sounds are sure to encourage repeated readings of this animated story.
  • Thomas, Jan.  Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy. Beach Lane. ISBN 978-1442442764. $12.99. Ages 3-5. Cows help the brave cowboy find his courage in the face of adversity.
  • Whamond, Dave. Oddrey. Owlkids. ISBN 978-1926973456. $16.95. Ages 4-7. A girl who is considered the quirky kid in class and the recipient of much teasing saves the day…er, show when her classmates need a helping hand.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Texas 2x2 Reading List. Remember, as you see great 2013 titles, don’t forget to submit a recommendation at

Happy Reading!

Sheila Acosta

Created on Jan 18, 2013 | Last updated April 15, 2013



When will the activity labels be ready for the new list? Just wondering.


Putting them in place tomorrow!

Parent/Child activities

Can you please tell me when will the parent/child activities for the 2013 Texas 2x2 list be released? Thank you!

Amazing list!! I personaly

Amazing list!! I personaly loved the The Three Ninja Pigs perfect for young kids and the beautiful illustrations are just amazing, my kids love them!!
Thanks, Lisa

Congratulations on a great job!

The list looks great and reflects all the hours of consideration and deliberation the committee put in. Well done!

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