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Recommended Reads

8 books about grannies from booksellers (plus one encyclopedia)

Encyclopedia of Grannies by Eric Veillé. A book for kids published by Gecko Press

This month we release Eric Veillé’s Encyclopedia of Grannies, a book that recognises that grannies come in all shapes and varieties and celebrates them all. Every page brings something unexpected: granny yoga positions, playing hide and seek at granny’s place, how to cheer up a sad granny, knitting ideas, hairdos, staying up late to view… Read more »

French Language Day at Gecko Press

My Pictures After The Storm, Childrens book New Zealand

It’s French Language Day, a good day to share the books Gecko Press has translated from French and to acknowledge our French translators, who work hard to make every word perfect. This is a particular challenge with books using word play or rhymes like the pun-filled My Pictures after the Storm by Eric Veille and… Read more »

Waitangi Day reading

This book is one of the most important in New Zealand’s book history.

Michael Rosen on poetry in primary schools

Gecko Press square image from What Dog Knows, dog reading the paper in an orange armchair

A recommended read for Curiously Good schools and libraries! Michael Rosen’s blog is a great resource, with many marvellous ideas for sparking a love of poetry in children. “Make yourself a finder-out of poems for the class. Tell the children when you’ve discovered a poem. Tell them that you’re excited when they discover a poem… Read more »

The authors who helped us grow up

Gecko Press spot art from When I am Happiest, Dani reads a blue book with a cat and two guinea pigs

Need a book recommendation? The New Yorker children’s literature archive is a wonderful resource. From Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter,  with articles from the 1920s to early 2000s, there’s a lot of booky ground covered. We want to hear about your favourite children’s books. Are they the same as when you were a child?… Read more »

Three books for thinking children

I was recently asked about a book for a thinking child: I first chose The Day No one was Angry . It is a book of 12 stories about the 12 different forms of anger – the light blue, transparent colour of melancholy, “like a warm morning in early summer, with not a breath of wind.”  It… Read more »