First chapter books

First chapter books

Start a child’s collection with a Gecko Press book subscription for curious readers

Our 2017 subscription of First Chapter Books is a collection of firm favourites! These have been especially chosen as books that will help new readers to enjoy reading alone—to kickstart every child into a lifetime love of reading.

Each year we hand-pick a selection of books for our subscription packages. We choose books we are confident children will love and want to read again and again. Our subscriptions offer children guaranteed quality, in both story and production, from the world’s best authors and illustrators.

Book subscriptions include free postage and a free book with the first mailing, delivered in a personalised envelope, and with surprises such as bookmarks and gift cards in each parcel. The first book and free gift book arrive after purchase, with one book following each season.

Autumn

This international bestseller is an endearing illustrated chapter book about an African giraffe and his pen pal, a penguin.

Written by Megumi Iwasa and illustrated by Jun Takabatake

Translated by Cathy Hirano

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Spring

These stunningly illustrated, ultra-short stories are seemingly simple but ultimately profound tales.

In each story, the king has an encounter which he tries to rule over. But of course the rain doesn’t stop just because a king orders it, and tired eyelids can be much stronger than a king’s will. The king sees that his power has limits; the world is diverse and much of it operates under its own rules.

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Summer

An award-winning illustrated detective story set in a friendly forest and first in the acclaimed series for beginning readers.

Detective Gordon – a mystery-solving toad who loves cake – has his very first case. Someone’s stealing nuts from the forest, and it’s up to Detective Gordon to catch the thief! Unfortunately, solving this crime means standing in the snow and waiting for a long time... If only he had an assistant – someone small, fast, and clever – to help solve this terrible case. Then Detective Gordon would be able to go back to doing what he’s best at: thinking, eating cakes, drinking tea, and stamping important papers.

A perfect first chapter book for children aged five and up by one of Sweden’s top children’s writers. This much-loved junior fiction series is illustrated in full colour throughout and packed full of character and humour. Winner of multiple awards and accolades, Detective Gordon is a fun whodunnit mystery series to read alone or aloud.

Ulf Nilsson is a celebrated children’s writer in Sweden. He has written more than 20 books for all ages, including All the Dear Little Animals. He is a winner of the August Award and the American Batchelder Award.

Gitte Spee is a renowned artist from the academy of fine art and design in the Netherlands. She now works in Amsterdam as a children’s book illustrator.

Translated from the Swedish edition by Julia Marshall.
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Start a child’s collection with a Gecko Press book subscription for curious readers

Our 2017 subscription of First Chapter Books is a collection of firm favourites! These have been especially chosen as books that will help new readers to enjoy reading alone—to kickstart every child into a lifetime love of reading.

Each year we hand-pick a selection of books for our subscription packages. We choose books we are confident children will love and want to read again and again. Our subscriptions offer children guaranteed quality, in both story and production, from the world’s best authors and illustrators.

Book subscriptions include free postage and a free book with the first mailing, delivered in a personalised envelope, and with surprises such as bookmarks and gift cards in each parcel. The first book and free gift book arrive after purchase, with one book following each season.

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