Good Night Sleep Tight by Kirstina Andres, Gecko Press


Book Talk

Koro/Pops and Mihi: Q&A with Gavin Bishop

In their own way these ‘little’ books are as challenging as the much bigger books I’ve been doing in recent years. They don’t take as long because they don’t

Seeds of the Hattie story: Frida Nilsson

Frida Nilsson

Frida Nilsson shares the inspiration behind her much-loved character Hattie and memories of her own school days for the publication of Hattie and Olaf.

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.

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?

It takes a village to raise a reader

Inside the Villains (c) Clotilde Perrin

Once the connection has been made, for it to stay alive, there need to be more books, more nudges from more people, and they need to be meaningful to what that particular child needs at that particular moment.

Day in the life of Catharina Valckx

Catharina Valckx with Lisette's Green Sock

Catharina Valckx takes us to her studio in Amsterdam and shows us how she created the charming Lisette in Lisette’s Green Sock.