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The best books for young minds

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

Gecko Press, reading on devices, and the heart of children’s publishing. Read Julia’s whole interview from the Dominion Post here.

Chapter books for curious and engaged readers

Helper and Helper spot art 2 (c) Gavin Bishop copy

John McIntyre from The Children’s Bookshop speaks about the wonderful experience of reading your first chapter books. Helper and Helper makes his list.

My Book after the Wall Street Journal review

My Pictures After The Storm, Childrens book New Zealand

My Pictures after the Storm is one of The Wall Street Journal’s best new picture books!

Some books Ulf Stark loves

                1. Tove Jansson: Moominpappa at Sea Here we have the sea, a lighthouse, a mother who has abandoned her garden and a father looking for adventure – and the Moomin troll of course! A book for adults and junior readers who want to enjoy the bitter, and the… Read more »

Mrs Tittlemouse and cleaning

I was telling my mother about my lack of cleaning the other day. She said she’d just been doing a bit of dusting herself (dusting! I’m talking vacuuming and mopping!) and she got halfway down the passage and stopped at the bookshelf there to have a little read of The Tale of Mrs  Tittlemouse. “Mrs Tittlemouse was… Read more »

Hot Chocolate Club 2017

Pauline Martin Gecko Press

On the first Wednesday of the month at 10.00 am, Publisher Julia Marshall invites a group of eight children to visit Gecko Press for a glass of chocolate milk and discussion about books, blurbs, pictures, words… If you would like to bring a group of eight  8-11 year olds (through your school or a group of friends) please email [email protected] to… Read more »

Pizza out loud!

Join us for lunch on the waterfront for stories out loud and pizza – now early January Alexandra and Chris of the fantastic Havelock North Pipi Restaurant are bringing their Pipi Pizza Truck to Wellington for a read-aloud session. Join authors Alexandra Tylee, Juliette MacIver, Paul Beavis and illustrator Kieran Rynhart for an hour of storytelling!… Read more »

Best books of 2016. Go Gordon, go Dani and go Elephant!

Gecko Press spot art from A Complicated Case by Ulf Nilsson, detective gordon tiptoes, wearing his striped pyjamas

Have You seen Elephant? and Life According to Dani are on the best of 2016 US Kirkus list. Congratulations to David Barrow and Ulf Nilsson. Detective Gordon Is also on the Best of 2016 for the School Library Journal.

Free shipping in NZ for Christmas (at cost to everywhere else!)

Gecko Press spot art from My Pictures After the Storm

We’ve just launched our new website – there are now vouchers (if you’d like to give a child a chance to choose their own book); and subscriptions (we choose 4 curiously good books for you). Whatever you choose, we hope you give a child a good book for Christmas! from Julia, Rachel, Grace, Petra, and Frances

Enjoy a wander in the garden, a cup of tea and a book

The Ridges Garden & Nursery invites you for a wander in the garden and a  cup of tea on Sunday 20 November 10 am to 6 pm with Gecko Press books, Gecko&Co Stationery, The Ridges plants, Paeonies, all on sale. Bring family and friends – all welcome! The Ridges #2299 State Highway 1, Rata Straights, Marton… Read more »

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