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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.

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 »

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