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Michael Rosen on poetry in primary schools

Gecko Press square image from What Dog Knows, dog reading the paper in an orange armchair

A recommended read for Curiously Good schools and libraries! Michael Rosen’s blog is a great resource, with many marvellous ideas for sparking a love of poetry in children. “Make yourself a finder-out of poems for the class. Tell the children when you’ve discovered a poem. Tell them that you’re excited when they discover a poem… Read more »

The authors who helped us grow up

Gecko Press spot art from When I am Happiest, Dani reads a blue book with a cat and two guinea pigs

Need a book recommendation? The New Yorker children’s literature archive is a wonderful resource. From Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter,  with articles from the 1920s to early 2000s, there’s a lot of booky ground covered. We want to hear about your favourite children’s books. Are they the same as when you were a child?… Read more »

Book Club Pile-of-Books giveaway!

Win a pile of best selling children's books

We are  in the final stages of our Curiously Good Book Club PledgeMe campaign which finishes on 21 June at 9am. Please pledge a little (or a lot!) to the cause, and be in to win a HUGE pile of Curiously Good Books! Click here: you’ll find packs of books, illustrations from some of our best-known books; or… Read more »

New York Times books for young vehicle lovers

Gus's garage Leo Timmers

“Clearly, one animal’s clutter is another pig’s livelihood in this buoyant, rhyming tale.”

The Curiously Good Book Club needs your help!

Super Rabbit Stephanie Blake

We want to create a digital and real life community where people can share knowledge about great books for children (not just our books) and find creative ways to encourage children to love to read. The Curiously Good Book Club will include activities for kids, real people events and rich digital experience – all designed… Read more »

Three books for thinking children

I was recently asked about a book for a thinking child: I first chose The Day No one was Angry . It is a book of 12 stories about the 12 different forms of anger – the light blue, transparent colour of melancholy, “like a warm morning in early summer, with not a breath of wind.”  It… Read more »

The Guardian’s best new picture books

Gecko Press spot art from My Pictures After the Storm

My Pictures after the Storm is in good company in this Guardian roundup of the best new picture books and novels for children. Sitting next to a bespectacled mole, a mermaid and a love song to the planet, this book is described as “Clever, playful, with a mordant edge, this is sophisticated silliness in warm shades… Read more »

Houston, we have a book launch

Zeustian Logic Sabrina Malcolm Young Adult novel

Gecko Press and Space Place warmly invite you to celebrate the release of Zeustian Logic. To join us under the stars, RSVP essential to [email protected] Thursday 25 May, 5:30pm Space Place, 40 Salamanca Road

Receive a Simon height chart with your online purchase

Poo Bum products

This month, any orders made on our website will come with a free height chart. Are you as tall as the little rabbit who only says one thing?

The Lost Kitten in Huffington Post

The Lost Kitten Komako Sakai illustration

The Lost Kitten, illustrated by by Komako Sakai, is featured in The Huffington Post as one of the best children’s picture books.

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