News and Events

US Lerner Publishing Group acquires local children’s book publisher Gecko Press

Lerner Publishing Group has announced the acquisition of Wellington publisher Gecko Press, an award-winning, internationally-focused publisher of curiously good books for children.

Gecko Press, 18 years old, has developed an international niche market for handpicked picture books, board books and chapter books for children translated from the best authors and illustrators in the world.

Christmas shipping

From Monday 18 December 2023 we can no longer guarantee that orders made on our website will arrive in time for Christmas. Make sure to visit your local bookstore worldwide for these and other Gecko Press books. Happy holidays from all of us at Gecko Press!

Finalist in Italy’s premier children’s book prize

Eirlys Hunter is off to Rome this December for the awards ceremony of Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi 2023, where The Mapmakers’ Race is one of three finalists in the 11+ category.

The Grizzled Grist a 2023 White Raven

The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist

Each year the International Youth Library based in Munich, Germany publishes a catalogue called the White Ravens with a selection of notable books from around the world.

The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis was selected as a White Raven 2023—the only Aotearoa New Zealand book to be selected.

Book signing: Paku Manu Ariki Whakatakapōkai

This weekend, illustrator Tokerau Brown visited Wellington bookshops to sign copies of Paku Manu Ariki Whakatakapōkai. Unity Books Wellington and Good Books both hosted him.

Have You Seen Dinosaur in the bookshop window?

Have You Seen Dinosaur shop window

To celebrate the release of Have You Seen Dinosaur?, author/illustrator David Barrow painted characters from the book in the window of Next Page Books in the United Kingdom.

Giselle Clarkson 2023 Arts Foundation Laureate

Giselle Clarkson with cat illustration

Giselle Clarkson, author of The Observologist (released next month), is one of nine Aotearoa artists awarded a 2023 Arts Foundation Laureate.

Giselle received the Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award, awarded every two years to a children’s book illustrator.

End of line sale

Animals chasing each other in vehicles

Up to 75% off!

We’re having an end of line sale—choose from curiously good Gecko Press favourites, including picture books, gift books and novels priced at $5 and $10.

But be quick, there’s limited stock! Once they’re gone, they’re gone.