2 x 2 Reading List

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

Texas Library Association sponsors the 2X2 Reading List solely to encourage free voluntary reading.

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Welcome! The 2X2 Committee‘s charge is to produce a list of 20 recommended books for children, age two to grade two. You can help with our statewide promotion of the reading list by introducing it in the following locations:

• Public libraries
• School libraries
• Primary care facilities
• Day care centers
• Early childhood centers
• Hospitals
• Women, Infant and Children (WIC) sites
• Health Department Clinics
• Head Start locations

The master list books, all recommended by one or more reviewing sources, should be evaluated in terms of each library’s selection policy. It is not mandatory that a school or public library purchase all titles listed.

Created on Mar 21, 2010 | Last updated April 10, 2016


The 2X2 form

Hi, We got the 2X2 form from school library last year, is there a link on the website, so I can print it at home?

Suggestion Form

The form is linked from the menu bar on the left side of this page: "Suggest a Title."

Vote for 2x2?

Is there a vote for the 2x2 like there is with the Bluebonnet books?

No. The 2x2 is an annual

No. The 2x2 is an annual list, and there is no winner selected.

2015 2x2 List

I too would like to purchasing next year's 2x2 titles. I know that the list is usually released in Jan., and there are only two days left in this month. Is it going to be released later this year?

Now Released!

Thank you for your patience. The 2015 titles are linked above in the right column.

2015-16 Texas 2x2 List

Eagerly awaiting next year's 2x2 list....I have to spend the rest of my budget soon and would really like to get these new books. Any idea when the list will be released?

Great way to get children reading

My school has always participated in the Bluebonnet program for the 3rd and 4th graders in our school. Since the younger students began wanting to read the "special" books, I gave 2 x 2s a try. This is our second year and the kiddos love them all! We also have a voting of their favorite book after reading 5 at the same time the older students are voting for Bluebonnets and two drawings for a prize for those who voted--one from each group. Now the younger students feel important just like the older ones!

Thanks for letting us know.

Thanks for letting us know. 2x2 books have also been featured in the Children's Activity Tent at the Texas Book Festival for the past two years.


Will you be publishing a 2X2 Boot for the current list?

Here you go


And it's linked on the current list page in the right column. Thanks for your patience.

Thanks maemae for the link

Thanks maemae for the link http://www.txla.org/sites/tla/files/groups/CRT/2x2/docs/2014ColorBoot.pdf

I didn't find it at first but your link brought me automatically to the right pdf page, so much easier like this.

2015 2X2 master list

Is the new 2X2 Master List available yet?


In case you haven't already located it, there's a link in the top right column of this page.

2x2 at the Texas Book Festival

Just wanted to let everyone know that the 2x2 Committee members will be at the Texas Book Festival on Saturday afternoon in the Children's Tent area. Let your parents, students, and anyone else know that they will be able to find some of their favorite 2013 2x2 books there along with some great fun activities.

2x2 and blue bonnet

I do both with my students. My 3-5 start reading the books in October (or as soon as I get my order in). They vote in January and I am registared for voting. My K-2 start reading the books in October as well. I have a school vote in May and announce the winner on the P.A. system. I also have prizes for the number of books read. The prizes are the same for 5-15 books read. My 3-5 get to go to Peter Piper Pizza and my K-2 will get pizza and a movie at the school if they read all 20 books.

2x2 instead of bluebonnet

Our school is a 2nd-5th grade campus. Everyone except the 2nd grade votes for bluebonnet. Our 2nd graders were feeling a little left out, so we selected five of the 2x2 books from this year and the past years and occasionally read them to our 2nd graders. While "the big kids" were voting for bluebonnet, the 2nd grade voted for the " Best of 2X2" award. Weiner Wolf won with The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man a close 2nd. The rest of the year, 2nd graders may suggest titles for next year's list. We plan to use ten books next year and get an earlier start.

Thanks for letting us know

There are undoubtedly other school librarians that can benefit from this idea.

I will be using these great

I will be using these great tips...I have a two year old at home and can't wait for her to start reading...

great lists

This helps a parent make good reading choices easier. Thanks to all who love children and believe in literacy and make this important.

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