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Book list: Stories to open up discussions about traumatic events

Gecko Press spot art from Duck Death and the Tulip, death looks peacefully over duck, a tulip is in the foreground

This month’s book list is from Angela Crocombe, the manager at Readings Kids bookshop in Melbourne, who has selected books that can be read together or alone to open up discussion about death and the feeling of sadness.

They may be helpful right now or whenever a parent needs to talk about traumatic events with small children.

Book list: Reimagined classics

On Wednesday 4th March, The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie will be hosting illustrators Giselle Clarkson, Kieran Rynhart and Kimberly Andrews, to discuss how they approached reillustrating the work and characters of iconic writers.

Book list: In defence of children’s books

Towards the end of 2019, researchers using data from the Growing Up in New Zealand study released findings that showed reading to babies has significant impacts on their learning and development.

This isn’t news to us at Gecko Press. And luckily there is a whole genre of books celebrating children’s books, so we’ve collected a few of our favourites.

Book list: Books we’ve loved this year

As you’d expect, the Gecko Press office is full of booklovers. This year, we’ve been enjoying our own books, but we’ve also come across many books we loved. So we have a few recommendations for you. Julia A book I loved: Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy This book… Read more »

Book list: Puberty books for all ages

In November, we are releasing Tell Me, a book full of answers to real questions from 8-year-olds, covering what they really want to know about bodies, sex and emotions. Ella Sharpe, manager of the Younger Sun Bookshop in Yarraville, Australia has provided us with a great list of other popular books on this topic.

Book list: Fantastic fiction with strong female leads

This month, we have a list of fantastic fiction with a strong female lead for middle readers, curated by Ella Sharpe from the Younger Sun Bookshop in Yarraville, Australia.

Book list: Interactive and lift-the-flaps

Just in time for Halloween, we have a new adventure from Clotilde Perrin, author of Inside the Villains. The House of Madame M is a thrilling, spooky work of paper-engineering and imagination. Anna Low from Potts Point Bookshop in Elizabeth Bay, Australia has sent us a round-up of her favourite interactive and lift-the-flap books. There… Read more »