Book list: Great graphic novels

Great graphic novels

This month’s book list has been put together by Monty Masseurs to celebrate the launch of Jonathan King’s first graphic novel for children, The Inkberg Enigma.

How Do You Make a Baby?: Q&A with Anna Fiske

Anna Fiske

Anna Fiske is an illustrator, author and cartoonist who lives in Norway. She has received numerous awards and been published around the world.

The Stone Giant: Q&A with Anna Höglund

Anna Hoglund (c) Stefan Tell

Anna Höglund is one of Sweden’s leading illustrators. She is the author of over 20 books, and her artwork is featured in the Gothenburg Museum of Art and the National Museum in Stockholm.

Day in the life of Anna Fiske

Anna Fiske

Anna Fiske is an illustrator, author and cartoonist from Sweden. She took over the Gecko Press Instagram account on Wednesday 8th July and here is a peek into her workroom, her artwork, her process – and lots of drawings of babies!

Time to be brave

A challenge for publishers is to continue to be brave in what we choose to publish. Gecko Press has always chosen books that are not mainstream, that are curiously good and that look at the world in ways that surprise us. It is tempting to start looking towards the soft books that are likely to sell in droves. But if ever there was a time to not publish safe, it is now.

Book list: Stories that teach kindness

Book list: Stories that teach kindness

I am particularly fond of books which feature kind characters, especially when those books are for children and young people. Here are some that are new and some that have been part of my life for a long time.

Giselle Clarkson on illustrating The Gobbledegook Book

Giselle Clarkson

I’ve lived my whole life with Joy Cowley’s stories and was totally stunned when I was invited into the Gecko Press office and asked if I’d like to illustrate a collection of them. I felt pretty daunted, but also very excited and I couldn’t wait to start drawing.

How to read with babies by Elaine Reese

Tickle My Ears. Best Boardbooks

New parents hear advice about what’s best for their baby on a daily, even hourly basis. One popular piece of advice is “Read to your baby!” Yet no one ever seems to tell new parents how. It’s not easy to read to a baby, especially a newborn. I remember the first time I tried to… Read more »

The Power of Story – Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley Children's Book Author

In her warm and engaging talk ‘The Power of Story’, Joy Cowley will draw on a lifetime’s experience of inspiring children to read.