Gecko Press Gift Guide: Match a book to a child

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To help you find an extra special book this Christmas, we have matched some  children to some particular Gecko Press books, including some guaranteed-to-please favourites.

Click on the covers to go straight to our online shop: or of course, visit your local bookshop. When you order you can add a note if you would like us to gift wrap and add a card/note.

If you’re in New Zealand, make sure to order by 15 December for our Christmas courier delivery, and orders over $100 receive free shipping.

Lionel over the mountainsFor the child who loves a good belly-laugh | Age 2 to infinity

Books for all ages that will guarantee a giggle out loud! A cheeky lion learning to use the potty with hysterical results, a bestselling early reader from Japan about sibling-rivalry, slapstick comedy and philosophy, and a comic book for everyone about the tension and apprehension of gift-giving.

Lionel Poops front coverDuck's Backyard coverPerfect Presents! cover




Let's Play Little RabbitFor the child who loves to play hide-and-seek | Age 2–6

Peekaboo! Play along with Little Rabbit as he enjoys his favourite games; test your memory in a mental workout; spot the elephant who’s very good at hiding, and a quiet child who uses his super hiding skills to save the day.

Let's Play Little Rabbit coverWho's Hiding front coverThe Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist cover






Bookshelf illustration (c) Clotilde PerrinFor the child who enjoys fairytale magic with a twist | Age 4–8

Fractured fairytales with a modern twist, lift-the-flap adventures for all the family to pore over and retellings of traditional stories for young readers.

Gotcha coverWooolf coverDulcinea in the Forbidden Forest coverInside the Villains, Fun Children's Book. Gecko Press, publisher of funny children's books







Leilong as umbrellaFor the child who is a budding paleontologist | Age 3–12

Read aloud picture books featuring an overenthusiastic brontosaurus, puzzles and games for dinophiles and nonfiction for fossil fact lovers.

Leilong's Too Long coverLeilong the Library BusDinosaurs Galore book, Masayuki Sebe, picture book for kids, puzzle bookFossils from Lost Worlds






For those who know their paraweta from their patero | Age 1–7

These reo Māori editions of some much-loved stories are suitable for tamariki (and the young at heart) with a little or a lot of te reo — start with E Hoa (age 1–3), build up to Paraweta, Arewhana Hunahuna and Te Hipo Huna (age 3–7).

E Hoa coverArewhana Hunahuna Te Hipo Huna






five friends (c) Philip WaechterFor the child who makes friends with everyone they walk past on the street | Age 3 to 7

Build social skills and explore the simple premise of welcoming all in these picture books that are perfect for reading aloud together. Spending time with friends can make the day perfectly wonderful for all.

A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends coverElephant Island coverThe Tale of the Tiny Man coverTiny Woman's Coat






TimelineFor the fact-collector | Age 7+

These striking non-fiction hardbacks are suitable for visual learners and fact gatherers of all ages: choose architecture, dinosaurs, world history or science.

H.O.U.S.E book, Aleksandra Machowiak, Daniel Mizielinski, non-fiction book for kids, book about contemporary architecture for kidsSmall and tall tales of extinct animals book, non-fiction books for kids, Damien Laverdunt, Helene Rajcak, book about extinct animalstimeline book, Peter Goes, illustrated history book, history book for kids







For tweens who won’t put their book down | Age 8–12

Gripping, awardwinning novels for book-gobbling pre-teens.

The Ape Star front coverDunger book, Joy Cowley, novel for kidsThe Uprising - The Mapmakers in Cruxcia cover







Little Rabbit in bedFor everyone who can’t get to sleep on Christmas Eve

These books will help us all snuggle down to sleep: two for small children and two storybooks.

Shhh! I'm sleeping book, Dorothee de Monfreid, boardbook for preschoolers, book about sharing a bedroomTickle My Ears. Best Boardbooks Good Night Sleep Tight Kristina Andres Gecko Press








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