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Book Lists

Book list: dinosaurs, fossils and the people who found them

Leilong's Too Long_dinosaur carrying children_(c) Bei Lynn

There are so many excellent books about dinosaurs and fossils that it is very difficult to pick just a few to feature. Our scientific knowledge of extinct animals has increased exponentially as researchers continue to discover amazing fossils and use modern tools to gather insights about their lives.

Book list: The books that sparked the career of Catharina Valckx

Catharina Valckx with Lisette's Green Sock

I discovered children’s literature in the form of picture books in the local library when my son was young. I knew a few good books from my childhood, but I didn’t imagine they would be just the tip of the iceberg. Some books were revelations!

Book list: war and displacement

My hope is that for anyone struggling, these eight brilliant books will be a small support and help start important conversations about war and particularly its impact on people. I hope they show the positive impact that hope, kindness and empathy can have too.

Book list: comeback for picture storybooks

Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

Once the backbone of stories for younger children, picture storybooks have been superseded by the shorter picture books that are now more popular.

Book list: Silent children’s books

Aleph cover

In this month of noise, we’ve made a list of silent books.

We were very pleased to have three Gecko Press books selected for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) 2021 silent book collection, with Aleph by Janik Coat chosen as an Honour Book.

Book list of good ideas from our 2021 books

Pablo

Looking back on what we published in 2021 we noticed some unexpected recurring themes. They turned out to be a pretty good list of ideas so we’ve collected them here.

The books that raised me: Bookshop Day edition

Early October brings Bookshop Days so we asked booksellers around Aotearoa to share a book that was special to them growing up, a book that raised them. Sometimes, when you’re surrounded by so many good books, it’s hard to pick just one. Jenna at Time Out, Auckland Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak… Read more »

Book list: Good books in te reo Māori

In honour of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, we want to celebrate the increasing number of books being published in te reo Māori.

The books that raised me: Emma McIlroy

Emma reading at a young age

I have always loved reading, to the point where as soon as I could read by myself, I would read anything I could find, including encyclopaedias cover to cover.

Book list featuring single fathers

Seahorses Are Sold Out: Dad falling backwards in surprise

With the approach of Father’s Day and this month’s release of Seahorses Are Sold Out, featuring the best dad-hair Gecko Press has published, we asked Helen Wadsworth from Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in Auckland to tell us what books about single fathers she enjoys recommending to customers.             Picture books Just Because… Read more »