Gecko Press Guaranteed Good Gift Guide

Christmas tree bannerIt’s a fun time of year to choose books, so we’ve chosen some favourites, for everyone from peek-a-boo toddlers to speedy preschoolers and adventure-loving book-gobblers.

Clicking on the covers will take you straight to our online shop: or of course, visit your local bookshop!

Cow and drums image

For the toddler who loves peek-a-boo | Age 1–3

These board books are built for sharing, from word play to jumping. Toddlers love this version of dominoes from the beloved Noisy Book.


Jump! A boardbook for babies and todllers. From Gecko PressNoisy Dominoes Box Cover Gecko Press






hare driving racing car

For the zippy preschooler | Age 3–5

These picture books all feature intriguing vehicles and are great to read aloud loudly and often become part of the family.


Gecko Press cover image Who's Driving by Leo Timmers

Leilong the Library BusGus's Garage book, Leo Timmers, picture books for kids, picture books about carsMy first car was red book, Peter Schossow, picture book for kids, book about cars and brothers





child and ocean

For the child who creates stories in the garden | Age 3–6

Where the main character makes stories out of the everyday.


Tiny Woman's CoatSong of the River. A Picture book for children by Joy CowleyLisette’s Green SockDulcinea in the Forbidden Forest cover






hands on blueFor 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 Koro and Hoihoi Turituri (age 1–3), build up to Paraweta and the rhymes of Te Hipo Huna (age 3–7).


Hoihoi TurituriKoro cover Paraweta by Stephanie Blake. Gecko Press’s cheekiest rabbit is now in te reo Māori. A children's book for ages 3-5.Te Hipo Huna






hedgehog and frog chattingFor the philosophers | Age 3 to infinity

For children who like to ask big important questions or think about things.


A Mother Is a HouseSeasons book, Blexbolex, picture book for kids, book about the cycle of seasonsInside the SuitcaseNo One Is Angry Today







three children walkingFor the reader who wakes up knowing this could be the most interesting day of their life so far
Age 6–9

These illustrated chapter books are for newly independent readers: Bruno takes life as it comes, Giraffe writes letters, Zanzibar achieves an incredible feat, and three siblings start a funeral company for animals.


Bruno Cover Gecko PressZanzibar by Catharina Valckx. An early chapter book published by Gecko Pressyours sincerely giraffe book, Megumi Iwasa, Jun Takabatake, chapter books for kids







TimelineFor the fact-collector | Age 7+

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


H.O.U.S.E book, Aleksandra Machowiak, Daniel Mizielinski, non-fiction book for kids, book about contemporary architecture for kidsFossils from Lost Worldstimeline book, Peter Goes, illustrated history book, history book for kids







illustrated mapFor adventure-loving book gobblers | Age 8–12

Gripping novels where children put the world to rights, explore the icy wilderness, rescue family and break a few rules.


The Runaways by Ulf Stark. A children's novel by Gecko PressThe 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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