Book list: Intrepid explorers

Winter 2019 is the season of intrepid explorers in Gecko Press books: from Cam in Song of the River to Otto in Otto Goes North, from Zanzibar to The Runaways. And keep an eye out for Cornelia and the Jungle Machine later in the year.

We asked Katie at Time Out Bookstore in Auckland to recommend some stories for adventurers of all ages.

“I like to exploit and stretch an idea until it reaches breaking point”, Leo Timmers

Leo Timmers’ new book, Monkey on the Run, has all the characteristics of his picture books. As an illustrator, Leo asks the reader to look—then look again, and again. He uses collisions, movement, problem-solving, colour and humour in his plot. Here he talks about how Monkey on the Run developed as a story, even demanding new technique.

Classroom read-alouds for all ages

A book read aloud in the classroom can stay with a child for a lifetime. I can still conjure the beautiful Scottish voice of one brilliant reader-alouder from my primary school, forty years later. My children frequently recommend books their teachers have read them—and hunt them down for re-reading. They both went to Te Kura… Read more »

Curiously Good End of Year Party

Gecko Press warmly invites you to toast the festive season with us! When: Saturday 25 November 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: come along with your children for storytime, workshops with Juliette MacIver (from 3 yrs) & Paul Beavis (from 9 yrs),  do some Christmas shopping – The Children’s Bookshop staff will give you their best advice! 7.30 pm to late: enjoy drinks (homemade Curiously Good… Read more »

The Curiously Good Book Club – thank you to everyone so far!

Curiously Good Book Club read aloud picture books

Gecko Press is in the last days of our crowdfunding campaign to help build the Curiously Good Book Club – the deadline is 6 pm June 21. The aim of the Club is simple – that every child loves to read. To do that, we want to take books to places and people where they are not… Read more »

Behind the Curiously Good Book Club

When Gecko Press began in 2005, only 1 percent of books published in English countries came from non-English languages. I thought it odd that English speaking children did not have access to the best writers and books from the rest of the world. And that was the beginning of Gecko Press. Gecko Press continues to… Read more »

Our first Curiously Good Book Club event

Curiously Good Book Club events

On May 25 we had our first Curiously Good Book Club event! With our partners at Space Place, we launched Sabrina Malcolm’s Zeustian Logic and gazed at the stars.  The planetarium was filled with old and new friends, with booksellers, authors, teachers and readers. We would love to organise more events like this one. But for that,… Read more »