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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.

The Moon Is a Ball featured in New York Times

The Moon Is a Ball cover

The Moon Is a Ball by Ed Franck and Thé Tjong-Khing has been featured in a recent article in The New York Times titled ‘It Takes Two: Friendship in Three New Books for Early Readers’.

It is described as having “captivating text, ideal for reading aloud.”

Free book offer during April

To add a little bouncy joy to your April, we’re offering a FREE book with every order from our website throughout the month.

Just add the code FREEGIFT at checkout.

We’ll select the most age appropriate free book based on your order.

Tickle My Ears to every toddler in Scotland

The Scottish Book Trust has selected Tickle My Ears by Jörg Mϋhle for their Bookbug Toddler Bag for 2023. These are given to every child in Scotland to help them develop a love of stories and reading from an early age.

Over 40,000 copies will be sent out to toddlers throughout Scotland this year, along with a couple of other books and learning materials.

New The House that Jack Built teacher notes

House That Jack Built 7 Gecko Press

Free comprehensive teacher notes for Years 1 to 10 available for download.

These teacher notes are based on the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum being implemented in 2023 and written by Defyd Williams, who was part of the Ministry of Education reference group for the curriculum.

Two Gecko Press family events 5–6 November

The Grizzled Grist_boy in footprint

Come along to this year’s Verb Readers & Writers Festival in Wellington and enjoy two Gecko Press family events on 5–6 November.

Listen to author Juliette MacIver read her book The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist, and create a glorious mess inspired by Free Kid to Good Home, read in both English and Japanese.