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The particularities of translating children’s books

A good translation is all in the detail; the result often reflects the amount of effort put in to giving every word its due and making the multitudes of small decisions that can make or break the book. A good translation will not be rushed.

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Book Lists, Book Talk

Book list: Silent children’s books

In this month of noise, we’ve made a list of silent books.

We were very pleased to have three Gecko Press books selected for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) 2021 silent book collection, with Aleph by Janik Coat chosen as an Honour Book.

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Book Talk

Gecko Press Guaranteed Good Gift Guide

It’s a fun time of year to choose books, so we’ve chosen some favourites, for everyone from peek-a-boo toddlers to speedy preschoolers and adventure-loving book-gobblers.

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Book Talk

Hello from next year!

All publishers become used to working with a sort of temporal displacement. Books take at least six months to get from finished manuscript to book…

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Book Lists

Book list of good ideas from our 2021 books

Looking back on what we published in 2021 we noticed some unexpected recurring themes. They turned out to be a pretty good list of ideas so we’ve collected them here.

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Q&As

The Uprising: Q&A with Eirlys Hunter

As a child I was obsessed with the idea of flying and of seeing the world from above. That was related to my passion for maps—and of books with maps in.

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Book Talk

Fantasy or ‘real world’ in children’s fiction

When you experience your real life as dull and predictable, a book is a portal to adventure, to excitement, to dreams, experimentation and possibility.

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Book Talk

Book list: Novels in verse

Novels in verse are a bit like graphic novels, in how quickly they can be consumed, and in the way you have to join some of the dots yourself.

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Book Talk

Day in the Life of Giselle Clarkson

Hello! I’m Giselle, the illustrator of The Tiny Woman’s Coat. I live in a small town near Wellington in New Zealand. I work from home in the corner of a room…

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Book Talk

Ulf Nilsson 1948—2021

Gecko Press sadly informs our readers that Ulf Nilsson, the much-loved author of Detective Gordon, died in Sweden on 22 September at the age of 73.

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

Jeremy George, Readings Melbourne

You can never go wrong with Gecko Press

The Spinoff

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

You know when a story is so good you literally forget your surroundings and are quickly enveloped in its telling. The Ice Sea Pirates is such a book and at times I didn't want to leave...

Laura Patricia Rose, Blog Tour: The Ice Sea Pirates

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

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