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Gavin Bishop launched Cook’s Cook in Christchurch

2019 will be the 250th anniversary of the visit of the H.M. Endeavour to Aotearoa New Zealand and Bishop’s book offers a fresh perspective on their journey. A large audience heard how Bishop spent several years researching...

Karena Kelly reads aloud “Paraweta” at Porirua Library

We had a tino pai time celebrating Maori Language Week with 'Paraweta' translator Karena Kelly and her enthusiastic little helper (whose joyful shouts of 'Paraweta' absolutely made our day!) at Porirua Library. Our audience loved hearing...

Celebrate Māori Language Week at Porirua Library

Māori Language Week is just around the corner! We have just released Paraweta - the te reo Maori version of the much-loved Poo Bum... Indeed, we’re regularly asked for Māori editions of our books and we...

Celebrate Children’s Books in Wellington

To celebrate children's books, the Curiously Good Book Club and Unity Books Wellington welcomes you to hear publishers and writers (Gecko Press, Escalator Press, Wardini Books, Gareth Ward...) of titles shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards for...
The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2018

Every year, The School Library Journal (USA) makes a list of the Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of the Year... Of course, Gecko Press and the Curiously Good Book Club love these books! This year, Travis...

The Mapmakers’ Race — behind the scenes

Go behind the scenes and meet the characters of The Mapmakers' Race with this video of Eirlys Hunter reading an extract while Kirsten Slade draws in the Kiwi bush — dive into the story... Five children have 28...
Noémie Bellanger

7 lieues et un livre, let’s discover children’s literature from around the world

In French, “7 lieues et un livre”, the name of this project, is a pun. “7 lieues” is a literary reference to fairy tales and to “Seven-league boots”. If you consider only the pronunciation...

Eirlys Hunter: talk and interview

If you couldn't make it the launch of The Mapmakers' Race, here is another chance to meet Eirlys Hunter! She will take part of the Porirua City Libraries' Chill Out and Read holiday programme, on July 12...

New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 2018

From sharks and dawn raids to earthquakes, kidnap plots, Jean Batten and the familiar chaos that is kids at breakfast time, their range is diverse. But they all share the magical ability to transport,...
"My Pictures After The Storm" by Eric Veillé

Book night 2018

The Book Discussion Scheme has thought about us and is organising a Book Night on Tuesday 22 May. The rules are simple: wherever you are and whatever you do, between 5pm and midnight, pick a book -...