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The best books for young minds

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Gecko Press, reading on devices, and the heart of children’s publishing. Read Julia’s whole interview from the Dominion Post here.

Chapter books for curious and engaged readers

John McIntyre from The Children’s Bookshop speaks about the wonderful experience of reading your first chapter books. Helper and Helper makes his list.

My Book after the Wall Street Journal review

My Pictures after the Storm is one of The Wall Street Journal’s best new picture books!

Waitangi Day reading

This book by Gavin Bishop relates beautifully to Waitangi Day, telling the story of how New Zealand was colonised. NZ Book of the Year in 2002, and reissued by Gecko Press in 2012 in both English and Te Reo editions (the English hardback has the original storyboards on the inside jacket) I believe this book is… Read more »

Some books Ulf Stark loves

                1. Tove Jansson: Moominpappa at Sea Here we have the sea, a lighthouse, a mother who has abandoned her garden and a father looking for adventure – and the Moomin troll of course! A book for adults and junior readers who want to enjoy the bitter, and the… Read more »

Mrs Tittlemouse and cleaning

I was telling my mother about my lack of cleaning the other day. She said she’d just been doing a bit of dusting herself (dusting! I’m talking vacuuming and mopping!) and she got halfway down the passage and stopped at the bookshelf there to have a little read of The Tale of Mrs  Tittlemouse. “Mrs Tittlemouse was… Read more »

Hot Chocolate Club 2017

Pauline Martin Gecko Press

On the first Wednesday of the month at 10.00 am, Publisher Julia Marshall invites a group of eight children to visit Gecko Press for a glass of chocolate milk and discussion about books, blurbs, pictures, words… If you would like to bring a group of eight  8-11 year olds (through your school or a group of friends) please email info@geckopress.com to… Read more »

Pizza out loud!

Join us for lunch on the waterfront for stories out loud and pizza – now early January Alexandra and Chris of the fantastic Havelock North Pipi Restaurant are bringing their Pipi Pizza Truck to Wellington for a read-aloud session. Join authors Alexandra Tylee, Juliette MacIver, Paul Beavis and illustrator Kieran Rynhart for an hour of storytelling!… Read more »

Best books of 2016. Go Gordon, go Dani and go Elephant!

Gecko Press spot art from A Complicated Case by Ulf Nilsson, detective gordon tiptoes, wearing his striped pyjamas

Have You seen Elephant? and Life According to Dani are on the best of 2016 US Kirkus list. Congratulations to David Barrow and Ulf Nilsson. Detective Gordon Is also on the Best of 2016 for the School Library Journal.

Free shipping in NZ for Christmas (at cost to everywhere else!)

Gecko Press spot art from My Pictures After the Storm

We’ve just launched our new website – there are now vouchers (if you’d like to give a child a chance to choose their own book); and subscriptions (we choose 4 curiously good books for you). Whatever you choose, we hope you give a child a good book for Christmas! from Julia, Rachel, Grace, Petra, and Frances

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