Announcing the 2x2 Reading List!

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For Immediate Release          
January 22, 2018

AUSTIN - The Texas Library Association is proud to announce the 2018 2x2 Reading List for children ages 2 to second grade. 

“The 2x2 committee read approximately 800 titles this year, which we narrowed down to 20 for the list,” remarks 2x2 Reading List Committee Chair Sara Pope. “We are very proud of our selections, and we worked hard to ensure we have something for all kinds of readers represented on the list. There are princesses and mischief-makers, astronauts and animals, new takes on old stories, and books that answer the 'Who, What, and When' questions.” 

Presenting the 2018 2x2 Reading List: 

  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat (Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan)
  • The Bad Seed by Jory John, illus. by Pete Oswald (HarperCollins)
  • **Can I Join Your Club? by John Kelly, illus. by Steph Laberis (Kane Miller)
  • Egg by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins)
  • Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi (Little Bigfoot, Sasquatch Books)
  • Giant Pants by Mark Fearing (Candlewick)
  • Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny, illus. by Stephanie Graegin (Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan)
  • I Am Not a Chair! by Ross Burach (HarperCollins)
  • La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Random House)
  • The Lumberjack’s Beard by Duncan Beedie (Templar Books, Candlewick)
  • My Journey to the Stars by Scott Kelly, illus. by André Ceolin (Crown Books, Penguin Random House)
  • Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka, illus. by Simone Shin (Carolrhoda, Lerner)
  • A Perfect Day by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan)
  • Quiet! by Kate Alizadeh (Child’s Play Inc.)
  • There’s a Pest in the Garden! by Jan Thomas (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Triangle by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen (Candlewick)
  • What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward, illus. by Susie Ghahremani (Bloomsbury)
  • When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Christian Robinson (Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan)
  • Who Am I?: An Animal Guessing Game by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins, illus. by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Who Wants to Be a Princess?: What It Was Really Like to Be a Medieval Princess by Bridget Heos, illus. by Migy (Henry Holt and Company, Macmillan)

** Indicates that title is not available through traditional book distributors or wholesalers (Baker & Taylor, Ingram, IPG, Mackin, Perma-Bound, etc.)

The 2x2 committee’s charge is to produce a list of 20 recommended books for children, age two to grade two.  The 2x2 reading list is one of several developed by the TLA for readers of all ages. For more information about these lists, including book titles, visit:     

Sara Ortiz | Communications & Marketing Specialist | 512-328-1518

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Created on Jan 22, 2018 | Last updated January 26, 2018