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10 preschool books in te reo Māori

Reo Pēpi series – especially Kanohi by Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson A great sturdy bilingual board book series. People really like the faces one as babies this age like looking at and copying faces. Te Whare and Ko Kiwi mā By Ngaere Roberts and Christine Dale   New titles from new publisher One Tree House. I would love to see… Read more »

Kiwi books offered by Jacinda Ardern to the Royal Baby

The Longest Breakfast Jenny Bornholdt Sarah Wilkins

Jacinda Adern sent a collection of children’s books from New Zealand to the royal baby. The selection of books were carefully chosen by author Kate De Goldi.

11 best books for 4 to 7-year-olds by Ellie Levenson

A couple of years ago, Ellie Levenson made a selection of 11 best books for 4 to 7-year-olds for Indybest. We think it’s a great list and we wanted to share it with you. Between the ages of four and seven – in school terms this is Reception and Key Stage one – is when… Read more »

Read Around the World at Porirua library

Our friends at the Porirua library have a wonderful holiday programme with something for kids of all ages – from toddlers to teens – and their adults, these April School Holidays. The Read Around the World programme – with activities for pre- and primary schoolers – include a very special late night event for teenagers and adults, My… Read more »

Support an important book, it will help a school!

We think The Old Man should be in every school… In April, donate a copy of The Old Man to a school (New Zealand only) and the school will go in the draw to win 10 curiously good books!

Hans Christian Andersen Award

Joy Cowley and Ulf Stark didn’t get the Hans Christian Andersen Award, but it was already an amazing achievement to be shortlisted… Some photos from the conference

Curiously Good Easter Books

Here’s our selection of our favourite books just in time for Easter!

Gecko Press Cleaning Sale!

Following an overstock delivery, our offices are packed and we need to make some room! So we’ve decided to organise a massive sale on specific (curiously good!) books: get 5 books for $50. And the first 10 orders will come with a Poo Bum bag! Order at If you would like a different combination of… Read more »

Lots in Translation at the National Library

As part of the Readers and Writers Festival come enjoy a morning of children’s book readings by storytellers and members of Wellington’s diverse multicultural community. As part of the Readers and Writers Festival come enjoy a morning of children’s book readings by storytellers and members of Wellington’s diverse multicultural community. Come celebrate the growing wealth of children’s… Read more »

How to get your book-hating kid to read for fun?

Morris Gleitzman – just named Australian Children’s Laureate – shared his advice for parents of book-loathing little ones, who want to teach them the joy of reading… He talked to Mamamia about the books he fell in love with when he was a child… At the age of nine, the one that had you hiding under your… Read more »

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