First chapter books

Start a child’s collection with a Gecko Press book subscription for curious readers

Our 2017 subscription of First Chapter Books is a collection of firm favourites! These have been especially chosen as books that will help new readers to enjoy reading alone—to kickstart every child into a lifetime love of reading.

Each year we hand-pick a selection of books for our subscription packages. We choose books we are confident children will love and want to read again and again. Our subscriptions offer children guaranteed quality, in both story and production, from the world’s best authors and illustrators.

Book subscriptions include postage and a free book with the first mailing, delivered in a personalised envelope, and with surprises such as bookmarks and gift cards in each parcel. The first book and free gift book arrive after purchase, with one book following each season.


Christmas 2017

My Happy Life is a sweet, funny illustrated chapter book about a young girl with a lot of optimism—even if sometimes life makes it hard to be happy.

Translated by Julia Marshall

My Happy Life First Chapter


Autumn 2018

A fresh and funny mix of story and non-fiction for inquisitive readers that covers the touchstones of childhood obsession: robots, knights, dinosaurs, rockets and more.

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Autumn 2018

A brilliant detective story by one of Sweden’s top children’s writers and illustrated in full colour throughout. A book to read alone or aloud!

Translated by Julia Marshall

Read the first chapter here


Spring 2018

More funny stories and wry observations with the bestselling Snake and Lizard.

Helper and Helper is a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for children and Young Adults.

Read Joy Cowley's story behind Helper and Helper here .



Twelve stunningly illustrated, poetic, and funny stories about grumpy animals from an internationally acclaimed Dutch writer and a hugely popular French illustrator.

Translated by Bill Nagelkerke

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