Author Q&As

A Better Best Friend: Q&A with Olivier Tallec

            Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany, France. After graduating from the École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués Duperré in Paris, he travelled extensively and now lives and works in Paris. He has illustrated over 60 books for children, along with his work as both author and illustrator. His new book, A… Read more »

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Author Q&As

The Pinchers and the Diamond Heist: Q&A with Anders Sparring and Per Gustavsson

Anders Sparring writes children’s books and is a screenwriter for many popular television shows. He is also a stand-up comedian. Per Gustavsson is an illustrator and author living in Stockholm, Sweden. His bestselling books are translated into several languages. Who are The Pinchers books for? Anders They are for everyone who likes to have fun…. Read more »

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Author Q&As

My Baby Sister Is a Diplodocus: Q&A with Aurore Petit

Aurore Petit was born in 1981, one of a generation of French illustrators to emerge from the influential School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. She lives in Nantes, where she publishes children’s books, illustrates for children and adults and works on theatre sets. Her books with Gecko Press are A Mother Is a House and… Read more »

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Author Q&As

Sounds Good!: Q&A with Ole Könnecke & Hans Könnecke

Ole Könnecke was born in 1961 and spent his childhood in Sweden. He now lives in Germany and has produced over 30 books, several of which have won international awards. Hans Könnecke is an award-winning composer, instrumentalist and music producer for film,and theatre, who studied composition at the Academy for Music and Theater in Munich…. Read more »

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News and Events

US Lerner Publishing Group acquires local children’s book publisher Gecko Press

Lerner Publishing Group has announced the acquisition of Wellington publisher Gecko Press, an award-winning, internationally-focused publisher of curiously good books for children.

Gecko Press, 18 years old, has developed an international niche market for handpicked picture books, board books and chapter books for children translated from the best authors and illustrators in the world.

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News and Events

Christmas shipping

From Monday 18 December 2023 we can no longer guarantee that orders made on our website will arrive in time for Christmas. Make sure to visit your local bookstore worldwide for these and other Gecko Press books. Happy holidays from all of us at Gecko Press!

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Recommended reads

Julia’s gift guide to make us laugh

A bit of funny goes a long way. At Gecko Press we have a fondness for books that appeal to children with a dry sense of humour.

Today’s gift guide features books that bring smiles to our faces and a giggle or two from our bellies, whatever our age.

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Recommended reads

Sarah’s gift guide for young animal lovers

Discover a selection of animal stories perfect for gift-giving this season.

Today we’re sharing our gift guide featuring some books that we think will please any animal-loving young reader.

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Articles

Hilary Tapper on creating a beach storybook

Kia ora! Hilary here, the illustrator of At the Bach.

Creating this book was a really special process for me—I got to focus on creating a book about the delight of ‘baches’ in New Zealand culture.

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News and Events

Finalist in Italy’s premier children’s book prize

Eirlys Hunter is off to Rome this December for the awards ceremony of Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi 2023, where The Mapmakers’ Race is one of three finalists in the 11+ category.

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You can never go wrong with Gecko Press

The Spinoff

It’s such a Gecko book: gorgeous, surprising, filled with kindness

Freda Daly Sadgrove, The Spinoff

I love Gecko Press … This is a shameless endorsement.

Meg Rosoff, author and winner of the ALMA 2016

One message shines from the Gecko list: children deserve quality.

Your Weekend, Dominion Post

My favourite (and most eccentric) publishing house for children’s books.

Jeremy George, Readings Melbourne

In typical Gecko Press fashion, Impossible Inventions is physically lovely, with paper you want to smush your cheeks against and colours you want to eat

Giselle Clarkson, The Sapling

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