Picture Books

2 x 2 (by 2)

July 29, 2011

Every year, the Texas Library Association puts out a book list called 2 x 2 with 20 books aimed at children between the age of 2 and second grade. It’s a nice selection of books and they have activities to go along with each book.

I started checking these out from our library to read with Ella and I’ll be reviewing them (how else?) two at a time through the rest of the year. 

Here’s the 2011 list, in case you’re interested.

Disappearing Desmond by Anna Alter
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Shark vs. Train by Chris Baron, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. 
One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by Henry Cole.
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown. 
In the Wild by David Elliott, illustrated by Holly Meade. 
Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  
Chicken Big by Keith Graves
Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen, illustrated by Sherry Scharschmidt
Say Hello by Rachel Isadora 
1+1=5: and Other Unlikely Additions by David laRochelle, illustrated by Brenda Sexton.  
Swim! Swim! by Lerch
Who Said Coo? by Deborah Ruddell, illustrated by Robin Luebs. 
Chalk by Bill Thomson
A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Laura Rankin. 
A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Cat the Cat Who is That? by Mo Willems


By the way, I wrote a review of Sarah Dessen’s new book, What Happened to Goodbye, over at the BlogHer book club. You know I’d take any excuse to talk about my deep love for Sarah Dessen – check it out here, if you’d like. 

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  • Reply Rick July 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    ooh, thanks for the list, you know I'm always up for good new books.

  • Reply smalldog July 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    What a good program!

  • Reply Kristy July 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Awesome. Awesome. I wanted something like this as a jumping off point for homeschool stuff. Thank you!

  • Reply McKinley {Haolepinos} July 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    WOW!!! That seems so awesome! I need to start going to the library! I don't know what I am missing out on…

  • Reply LeAnne July 30, 2011 at 2:54 am

    This is great! Thanks for the list, we will have to get some next week at the library.

  • Reply Peaceful Reader July 31, 2011 at 12:03 am

    This is a great list and I could do just do some ordering for school with it. I already have Chalk and students loved when we read it for story time.

  • Reply Lonica August 10, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for sharing your list. I really appreciate that they have ideas on how to interact with the books. I was a bit disappointed to find that most of the books fall in the 4-8 age range. I'm not sure why but I'm having a really hard time finding appropriate picture books to bridge the gap between board books and lots of lengthy text. I literally find myself walking the aisles of the library opening a book, looking at the text and most often putting it back. As this stage, Amelia just doesn't have the attention span for anything more than a couple of sentences per page.

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