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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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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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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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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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The Grizzled Grist a 2023 White Raven

Each year the International Youth Library based in Munich, Germany publishes a catalogue called the White Ravens with a selection of notable books from around the world.

The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis was selected as a White Raven 2023—the only Aotearoa New Zealand book to be selected.

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Giselle Clarkson’s life as an observologist

Hello! I’m Giselle, author and illustrator of The Observologist: A Handbook for Mounting Very Small Scientific Expeditions.

I’m absolutely fascinated by all the smallest details in nature. I especially love tiny invertebrates. I wrote this book because I want to share all my favourite things about them with other people.

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Book signing: Paku Manu Ariki Whakatakapōkai

This weekend, illustrator Tokerau Brown visited Wellington bookshops to sign copies of Paku Manu Ariki Whakatakapōkai. Unity Books Wellington and Good Books both hosted him.

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Have You Seen Dinosaur in the bookshop window?

To celebrate the release of Have You Seen Dinosaur?, author/illustrator David Barrow painted characters from the book in the window of Next Page Books in the United Kingdom.

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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

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

Jeremy George, Readings Melbourne

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

Your Weekend, Dominion Post

You can never go wrong with Gecko Press

The Spinoff

I love Gecko Press … This is a shameless endorsement.

Meg Rosoff, author and winner of the ALMA 2016

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

Freda Daly Sadgrove, The Spinoff

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