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

2021 List

  Annotated List (see note below)

  1. Boxitects by Kim Smith. Clarion Books.
  2. Every Night is Pizza Night by J. Kenji López-Alt. Illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero. W.W. Norton.
  3. Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex. Nancy Paulsen Books.
  4. Federico and the Wolf, by Rebecca Gomez. Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri. Clarion Books.
  5. First Day Critter Jitters by Jory John. Illustrated by Liz Climo. Dial Books for Young Readers.
  6. Hike by Pete Oswald. Candlewick Press.
  7. I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes. Illustrated by Gordon C. James. Penguin.
  8. Louis by Tom Lichtenheld. Illustrated by Julie Rowan-Zoch.
  9. Packs – Strength in Numbers by Hannah Salyer. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  10.   A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett. Art by Shawn Harris. Candlewick Press.
  11.  See the Cat – Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle. Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. Candlewick Press.
  12.  Shapes by Shelley Rotner and Anne Woodhull. Photographs by Shelley Rotner. Holiday House.
  13.  Speak Up by Miranda Paul. Illustrated by Ebony Glenn. Clarion Books.
  14.  The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya. Illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez. G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
  15.  Underground – Subway Systems Around the World by Uijung Kim. Cicada Books Ltd.
  16.  Up on Bob by Mary Sullivan. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  17.  What About Worms!? by Ryan T. Higgins and Mo Willems. Hyperion Books for Children.
  18.  What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  19.  The Yawns Are Coming! by Christopher Eliopoulos. Dial Books for Young Readers.
  20.   You Matter by Christian Robinson. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

 

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