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The importance of books in hospitals

Illustration of children reading

Over the last 2 years, COVID-19 infection prevention measures have meant that tamariki visiting the hospital have had heavily restricted access to toys

Ten years of Simon the Rabbit

Full Simon series

I saw Simon the rabbit at my very first Bologna Book Fair, standing out in a sea of pigs and rabbits and dragons. Caҫa Boudin, was so arresting,

Book list: comeback for picture storybooks

Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

Once the backbone of stories for younger children, picture storybooks have been superseded by the shorter picture books that are now more popular.

The Tale of the Tiny Man: Q&A with Barbro Lindgren

For me, humour is important. It allows you to write about sad things that otherwise would be hard to deal with. I have always felt deeply for people

Highlight reviews from around the world

Inside the Suitcase

As we look ahead with anticipation to the books we will be publishing next year, we’re also reflecting on what readers from around the world had to say about our books in 2021. Highlights include a New York Times gift guide selection, two Times Children’s Books of the Week in the UK, Kirkus Reviews starred… Read more »

The particularities of translating children’s books

Woman looking at the condensation on the window

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.

Book list: Silent children’s books

Aleph cover

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.

Gecko Press Guaranteed Good Gift Guide

Christmas tree

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.

Hello from next year!

Julia, Rachel and Emma with 2022 books

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…

Book list of good ideas from our 2021 books

Pablo

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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