I think each year the 2 x 2 list gets better. So far, we've thoroughly enjoyed every book from the list (although we still have many unread ones!). These two were winners for both Ella and me. In fact, by the time we returned Cindy Moo to the library, Ella could recite nearly the entire book. I wish I'd caught that on video. . . . Horsefly and Honeybee by Randy Cecil. This is one of those little picture books that you don't want to think too hard about because it's a little ... Read More about 2 x 2 (by 2): Horsefly and Honeybee & Cindy Moo
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There are only 20 books on the 2x2 list each year, and Jeff Mack wrote and illustrated two of them this year. And he illustrated a third one on the list written by someone else. So, yes, he might be someone to keep an eye on. Ella has already declared herself a big fan (if the number of times we've read his books in the last few weeks is any indication). Check him out if you aren't familiar with his books. Frog and Fly: Six Slurpy Stories by Jeff Mack. I've discovered that I have a very ... Read More about 2 x 2 (by 2): Frog and Fly & Good News, Bad News
The 2013 2x2 book list is now out which means. . . new posts about these books. It's ridiculous how excited I am by a new booklist. And by the fact that we've already read several of them! Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky. This was a huge favorite to get a Caldecott nod and I know lots of people were disappointed it didn't get any recognition. I read this book once to Ella back when it first started gaining devotees last summer, and I didn't really get why ... Read More about 2 x 2 (by 2): Z is for Moose and I Want My Hat Back
I kind of get the sense that no one except me cares about these 2 x 2 posts, but I carry on! It's been a fun little project for Ella and me, and has introduced us to a whole slew of new titles and authors I don't think we would have found otherwise. Also, I think each year's list gets a little bit better. So far I've been really impressed with the 2012 list. The Woods is a great little bedtime story without being eye-rollingly saccharine. The little boy has lost his bunny that he ... Read More about 2 x 2 (by 2): The Woods and No Sleep for the Sheep!
I can tell my life is in better order when I have time to check out huge piles of picture books and read them with my girls. It's especially delightful now that Ani is starting to enjoy books too. Last Friday, we spent a cozy morning snuggled on the couch with blankets reading a good fifteen books after breakfast before going upstairs to get ready for the day. It was my idea of a perfect morning. Between the ALA awards, a new 2x2 list, plus a ton of best of 2013 list, we are experiencing ... Read More about 10 New Picture Books to Check Out