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Keeping Libraries Alive

Children watching Bee

The Porirua Public Library’s children’s events are the stuff of local legend…then along came Covid19.

Find out what Bee from Porirua Public Library did to keep her library alive during lockdown.

Day in the life of Kitty Crowther

Kitty Crowther

Kitty Crowther — storyteller, illustrator, writer, children’s book advocate, recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, author and illustrator of Stories of the Night — took over the Gecko Press Instagram account on Wednesday 13th May to give an insight into her life in lockdown and a peek into her studio. 

Day in the life of Annemarie van Haeringen

My Mama storyboards 2

Annemarie van Haeringen, author and illustrator of My Mama, took over our Instagram on Wednesday 6th May. She shared her day including showing sketches and images from her new book and some upcoming projects.

Read on to take a look and find out more about her creative process.

Day in the life of Stina Wirsén

Stina Wirsen

Stina Wirsén is one of Sweden’s most popular and prolific children’s book illustrators. She took over the Gecko Press Instagram account on Wednesday 29th April to show us a day in her life and give a peek into her studio.

Book list: Stories appreciating mothers for Mother’s day

My Mama

For Mother’s Day, Picture Books Blogger has put together a heart-warming list of picture books that appreciate mothers.

Day in life of Clotilde Perrin

Clotilde Perrin is the inventor of magnificently creepy lift-the-flaps books Inside the Villains and The House of Madame M. She took over the Gecko Press Instagram account on Wednesday 22nd April to give us a closer look inside her studio, her process and took us into the deliciously ghoulish house of Madame M… I work… Read more »

Day in the life of Antje Damm

On Wednesday 15th April, author and illustrator, Antje Damm, took over the Gecko Press Instagram account to give an insight into a day in her life. Take a look at what her day looked like…

A day in the life of a primary school librarian

Stack of books

As a primary school librarian, you need to be prepared for everything, especially the unexpected. And you have to be very patient and flexible. It is difficult to describe a typical day, as no two days are the same, although there are always the staple ingredients of children and books.

Here’s how I spent my six hours of employment on a typical Wednesday before the lockdown.

Book list: Stories to open up discussions about traumatic events

Gecko Press spot art from Duck Death and the Tulip, death looks peacefully over duck, a tulip is in the foreground

This month’s book list is from Angela Crocombe, the manager at Readings Kids bookshop in Melbourne, who has selected books that can be read together or alone to open up discussion about death and the feeling of sadness.

They may be helpful right now or whenever a parent needs to talk about traumatic events with small children.

Hattie is The Times Children’s Book of the Week

Hattie

Alex O’Connell has selected Hattie by Frida Nilsson as The Times Children’s Book of the Week. “Hattie is from the Pippi Longstocking school of clever, anti-establishment little girls who have the capacity for misrule until their conscience kicks in, their hearts turn to fondant and they return to the path of righteousness (while avoiding piety)… Read more »

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