Recommended books for children age two to grade two to encourage voluntary reading, compiled by the Children’s Round Table of the Texas Library Association. The current list is below, with links to the library catalog and digital library for placing holds and checking out.
Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Little, Brown and Company, 2019)
Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn’t know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren’t any fun by yourself, and so enters Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Racoons, and Duck.
Cake by Sue Hendra, illustrated by Paul Linnett (Aladdin, 2019)
Cake has been invited to his very first birthday party! He buys just the right outfit—including the PERFECT hat. But as the candles on his perfect party hat begin to burn, and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…
Dandy by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Charles Santoso (Little, Brown and Company, 2019)
When Daddy spots a solitary weed in his lawn, he’s appalled (along with all of his neighborhood friends). But his daughter Sweetie has fallen in love with the beautiful flower, even going so far as to name it Charlotte. Racing against time and the mockery of his friends, Daddy has to find a way to get rid of the errant dandelion without breaking his little girl’s heart.
Duck! by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom (Candlewick Press, 2019)
When Duck runs around the farm shouting ‘DUCK!’ to all the other animals, the animals grow increasingly frustrated as they try to explain to Duck just which animal is which. Unfortunately, something is falling from the sky. And ‘DUCK!’ just isn’t enough of a warning.
Fergal and the Bad Temper by Robert Starling (Imprint, 2019)
Fergal the dragon does not like being told what to do. It’s not fair! And when things aren’t fair, Fergal loses his temper and snorts angry fire. He feels sorry afterward, but Fergal just can’t control his outburts! After one really fiery day, his family and friends offer him some advice to calm down. Can this dragon learn to cool it before a temper tantrum hits?
I Am a Tiger by Karl Newson, illustrated by Ross Collins (Scholastic Press, 2019)
This is a story about a mouse with BIG ideas. Mouse believes he is a tiger, and he convinces Fox, Raccoon, Snake, and Bird he’s one, too! After all, Mouse can climb a tree like a tiger and hunt for his lunch, too. And not all tigers are big and have stripes. But when a real tiger shows up, can Mouse keep up his act?
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Pena (Kokila, An Imprint of Penguin Random House, 2019)
When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.
Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin, illustrated by Ebony Glenn (Harper, An imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 2019)
Tameika is a girl who belongs on the stage. She loves to act, sing, and dance—and she’s pretty good at it, too. So when her school announces their Snow White musical, Tameika auditions for the lead princess role. But the other kids think she’s “not quite” right to play the role. Will Tameika let their harsh words be her final curtain call?
Ogilvy by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by T. L. McBeth (Godwin Books, 2019)
When Ogilvy moves to a new town, the possibilities feel endless. There are so many new bunny friends and fun things to do together! But in this town, bunnies in dresses play ball and knit socks, and bunnies in sweaters make art and climb rocks. Ogilvy wants to do everything—and won’t let a sweater or a dress get in the way.
Saturday by Oge Mora (Little, Brown and Company, 2019)
A mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong—ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they’d been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown…until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.
Seeds Move by Robin Page (Beach Lane Books, 2019)
Every seed, big or small, needs sunlight, water, and an uncrowded place to put down roots. But how do seeds get to the perfect place to grow? This exploration of seed dispersal covers a wide range of seeds and the creatures that help them move.
The Goose Egg by Liz Wong (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)
Henrietta likes her quiet life. A morning swim, a cup of tea—all is serene. But everything changes when she bumps her head and winds up with a goose egg—a REAL goose egg. Henrietta tries to return the baby goose to the nest, but her flock has flown. It’s up to Henrietta to raise her.
Truman by Jean Reidy, illustrated Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019)
Truman the tortoise lives with his Sarah, high above the taxis and the trash trucks and the number eleven bus, which travels south. He never worries about the world below…until one day, when Sarah straps on a big backpack and does something Truman has never seen before. She boards the bus!
Underwear by Jenn Harney (Disney – Hyperion, 2019)
A tired bear dad tries to herd his rambunctious bear cub who would rather play with his tighty whities into bed. Underwear makes great hair. It can even turn one into a superbear, or a goggle-wearing swimming bear. But beware of a big scare!
Watch Out for Wolf! by Anica Mrose Rissi, illustrated Charles Santoso (Disney – Hyperion, 2019)
There’s so much for these little piggies to do before their party – they have to bake the cake, decorate the house, deliver the invitations, and, most importantly, watch out for Wolf!