September 30, 2015 • BOOKS

DJ Reads: Can’t-Miss New Picture Books


Reese & Tennessee Reading

Reese (wearing our Avery Printed Lace Peplum Top) reads at home with her son, Tennessee.

It’s fall, y’all! Time to get cozy with the kiddos and a pile of picture books.

A pick from our resident bookworm:

“The PD Eastman classic The Best Nest. It’s a very funny book about a bird couple, who is searching for the perfect nest,” Reese says. “Kids love the silly homes the birds check out, while adults laugh at the relationship dynamic between a man and a woman who are expecting their first child.”

Here are more ideas for every day of the week. All released within the last year, they’ve been deemed worthy of every kid’s bookshelf by our favorite children’s bookstores in the South.


The Color Monster by Anna Llenas (chosen by Froggies 5&10 in Dallas, TX)

This clever pop-up book helps children identify their feelings—especially the ones about kicking off the week at school.


In, Over and On (The Farm) by Ethan Long (chosen by Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Park, FL)

Emerging readers will love practicing their new skills with interactive, easy-to-read stories about some opinionated farm animals.


Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison (chosen by Hooray for Books in Alexandra, VA)

Power through hump day with this tale of an adorably illustrated cat who turns a truly terrible afternoon into a fun- and friend- filled adventure.


Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad (chosen by Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA)

Get inspired by the story of how Anna Pavlova—one of the most famous prima ballerinas of all time—got her start and became an icon for aspiring dancers everywhere.


If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! by Elise Parsley (chosen by Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, TX)

TGIF with an account of a young heroine whose reptilian show-and-tell wreaks havoc, hilariously.


Sparky! by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans (chosen by The Storybook Shoppe in Bluffton, SC)

Those of us who feel a little slothful ourselves on Saturdays will find this book—about a little girl and her mail-order sloth—irresistible.


Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Eric Wight (chosen by Blue Marble Books in Fort Thomas, KY)

Sunday brunch gets even better when you don’t just eat bacon; you read about him, too—in a funny story of a slice of bacon so sizzling with popularity that he almost forgets about the important things in life, like family and friends.