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Scan this! Enjoying the barcode

Barcode image using Encyclopedia of Grannies

by rachel lawson There’s a bookshelf behind Julia’s desk at Gecko Press that miraculously houses examples of whatever we need whenever we need it. These are books we have loved but never published in English, for one reason or another. Julia often reaches in, mid conversation, to pull out exactly the book we need to… Read more »

Diverse perspectives in children’s books

Duck Death and the Tulip

Reading books from around the world expands our thinking. Yet international titles make up only a small percentage of books on the shelves of children…

Illustrating for the imagination

Two people happy in the sun

Currently, my mind-expanding travels take place on the pages of a different type of passport — the picture book. Here, both pictures and words offer a chance to travel without a plane ticket, to a new world, be it real or imagined. A picture book offers a round trip to the imagination, and these days, that’s my dream destination.

The books that raised the librarians of SLANZA

chlidren reading

For our new series, The Books that Raised Me, we talked to the School Library Association of New Zealand to discover the books that raised the librarians of SLANZA.

LGBTQ+ book list—beyond the coming out stories

Group of people holding a Pride flag

We are celebrating Pride 2021 with a list of children’s books featuring LGBTQ+ characters from Phoebe Wilton-Stuart of Wardini Books.

Gecko Press books shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

three books in a row, Mihi, the Inkberg Enigma and Egg and Spoon

We are very pleased to announce that three Gecko Press books have been shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Day in the life of Anke Kuhl

Anke Kuhl at her desk

Anke Kuhl shows us how she brought the weird and wonderful animal kingdom to life in Do Animals Fall in Love?

Book list of bedtime favourites

Childrens Books by Gecko Press. Tickle My Ears Boardbook

For this month’s book list we asked some parents in the book world what bedtime favourites their children ask for again and again. Jane Arthur, manager at Good Books, Wellington, poet and mother of Pete We’ve somehow ended up with two identical copies of Peter Gossage’s How Maui Slowed the Sun in board book format,… Read more »

Leilong the Library Bus: Q&A with Julia Liu & Bei Lynn

Bei Lynn

The image of the small girl and the big dinosaur, the idea that something could be so gigantic, struck my young mind. I still remember the feeling back then of my heart pounding fast. Since then, I have become addicted to reading about these worlds that are far away in time or space but real to me.

The books that raised me: Julia Marshall

A Book is a Book

The books we read and remember as a child really do the heavy lifting of raising us as a reader.  These are some of the books that raised me.

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