Curiously Good Book Club

Time to be brave

A challenge for publishers is to continue to be brave in what we choose to publish. Gecko Press has always chosen books that are not mainstream, that are curiously good and that look at the world in ways that surprise us. It is tempting to start looking towards the soft books that are likely to sell in droves. But if ever there was a time to not publish safe, it is now.

Giselle Clarkson on illustrating The Gobbledegook Book

Giselle Clarkson

I’ve lived my whole life with Joy Cowley’s stories and was totally stunned when I was invited into the Gecko Press office and asked if I’d like to illustrate a collection of them. I felt pretty daunted, but also very excited and I couldn’t wait to start drawing.

Keeping Libraries Alive

Children watching Bee

The Porirua Public Library’s children’s events are the stuff of local legend…then along came Covid19.

Find out what Bee from Porirua Public Library did to keep her library alive during lockdown.

Day in the life of Kitty Crowther

Kitty Crowther

Kitty Crowther — storyteller, illustrator, writer, children’s book advocate, recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, author and illustrator of Stories of the Night — took over the Gecko Press Instagram account on Wednesday 13th May to give an insight into her life in lockdown and a peek into her studio. 

Day in the life of Annemarie van Haeringen

My Mama storyboards 2

Annemarie van Haeringen, author and illustrator of My Mama, took over our Instagram on Wednesday 6th May. She shared her day including showing sketches and images from her new book and some upcoming projects.

Read on to take a look and find out more about her creative process.

Day in the life of Stina Wirsén

Stina Wirsen

Stina Wirsén is one of Sweden’s most popular and prolific children’s book illustrators. She took over the Gecko Press Instagram account on Wednesday 29th April to show us a day in her life and give a peek into her studio.

Day in life of Clotilde Perrin

Clotilde Perrin is the inventor of magnificently creepy lift-the-flaps books Inside the Villains and The House of Madame M. She took over the Gecko Press Instagram account on Wednesday 22nd April to give us a closer look inside her studio, her process and took us into the deliciously ghoulish house of Madame M… I work… Read more »

Day in the life of Antje Damm

On Wednesday 15th April, author and illustrator, Antje Damm, took over the Gecko Press Instagram account to give an insight into a day in her life. Take a look at what her day looked like…

A day in the life of a primary school librarian

Stack of books

As a primary school librarian, you need to be prepared for everything, especially the unexpected. And you have to be very patient and flexible. It is difficult to describe a typical day, as no two days are the same, although there are always the staple ingredients of children and books.

Here’s how I spent my six hours of employment on a typical Wednesday before the lockdown.