Gecko Press Blog

Welcome to a combobulation of articles from our favourite thinkers, stories from behind the scenes, lists of good books, Gecko Press news and things that amuse us from time to time.

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Simon the Rabbit, TV star!

Poo Bum Simon on TV

Simon, the cheeky rabbit who only says “Poo Bum!”, comes to TV.

Tell us about your favourite scary book and go in the draw!

Gecko Press art from A Day with Dogs

Every piece of writing or art inspired by a favourite Gecko Press book or character goes in the draw to with a copy of Cornelia and the Jungle Machine!

Curiously Good Event: Publishers at Unity Books

Gecko Press book club event at Unity Books

Celebrate the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults with Unity Books.

Curiously Good Event: Reading aloud

Good books to read alout by Gecko Press event

Download a tips and tricks sheet from our Curiously Good reading aloud event.

Behind the scenes with Paul Beavis!

Paul Beavis Gecko Press

How do you make a picture book? What happens when things aren’t going to plan? How do you get through the longest to-do list in the world? Paul Beavis, award-winning author and illustrator, takes us behind the scenes over at The Sapling.  We’re particularly fond of stage 5!  

Helper and Helper visit the Marlborough Book Festival

Gavin Bishop snake and lizard picture book prints

A free session with Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop at the Marlborough Book Festival.

Annual is a PANZ Book Design Awards winner… times three!

Children's book reading aloud tips

Annual has won the Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book, the Mary Egan Publishing Award for Best Typography, and the first Hachette New Zealand People’s Choice Award. A big congratulations to Spencer Levine, and to all of the winners and finalists. How lovely to have your beautiful books celebrated. To read more, visit… Read more »

Sainbury’s Children’s Book Awards

Bathtime for Little Rabbit Sainsbury's Best Children's books list

The shortlist for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards has been announced, and Little Rabbit is in good company!

Curiously Good Event: Pizza and books

Reading aloud Jenny Bornholdt and Alexandra Tylee

Our most recent Curiously Good Book Club event brought reading (and pizza) to three primary schools.

Drawing inspiration with Kieran Rynhart

Kieran Rynhart Gecko Press

“I wanted my images to fill out this child’s inner world and imagination, and to give it a sense of space and a sense of feeling of a child who knows a little bit of solitude, but also knows joy and humour as well”

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