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Recommended books for children age two to grade two to encourage voluntary reading; a Children's Round Table (CRT) project.

2023 List

Collection Development Statement
The 2×2 list is not designed to support any particular curriculum. Librarians are not required or expected to purchase every book on the list. Due to the diversity in age range and topics, librarians should follow their local collection development policies and guidelines when considering which titles to purchase for their library.

  Annotated List

  1. A Seed Grows by Antoinette Portis (Neal Porter Books, 2022)
  2. Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by David Roberts (Chronicle Books, 2022)
  3. Bear Has a Belly by Jane Whittingham (Pajama Press, 2022)
  4. Berry Song by Michaela Goade (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2022)
  5. Big Truck Little Island by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick, 2022)
  6. Chester Van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme by Avery Monsen, illustrated by Abby Hanlon (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2022)
  7. Counting to Bananas: A Mostly Rhyming Fruit Book by Carrie Tillotson, illustrated by Estrela Lourenco (Flamingo Books, 2022)
  8. Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings!  by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Dan Santat (Chronicle Books, 2022)
  9. I Was Born a Baby by Meg Fleming (HarperCollins, 2022)
  10. I’m Hungry!/Tengo Hambre! by Angela Dominguez (Henry Holt and Company, 2022)
  11. Mina by Matthew Forsythe (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2022) 
  12. Odd Birds: Meet Nature’s Weirdest Flock by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Gareth Lucas (Harry N. Abrams, 2022)
  13. Perfectly Imperfect Mira by Faith Pray  (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2022)
  14. Pizza! A Slice of History by Greg Pizzoli (Viking Books for Young Readers, 2022)
  15. Powwow Day by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight (Charlesbridge, 2022)
  16. Solitary Animals: Introverts of the Wild by Joshua David Stein, illustrated by Dominique Ramsey (Rise x Penguin Workshop, 2022)
  17. Somewhere in the Bayou by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey (Norton Young Readers, 2022) 
  18. That’s Not My Name! by Anoosha Syed (Viking Books for Young Readers, 2022)
  19. Vámonos: Mexican Folk Art Transport in English and Spanish by Cynthia Weill (Cinco Puntos Press, 2022)
  20. Where in the World Are You?  by Marie G. Rohde (What on Earth Books, 2022)

Resources for 2023 list:

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