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...

Every Time We Say Goodbye (picture books for tough times)

Granpa by John Burningham (Red Fox, 2003) A dialogue between grandparent and child that covers all the important business and lasts until Granpa’s chair is...

10 preschool books in te reo Māori

Reo Pēpi series - especially Kanohi by Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson A great sturdy bilingual board book series. People really like the faces one as babies this...

Kiwi books offered by Jacinda Ardern to the Royal Baby

My New Zealand ABC Book; learn the alphabet with art and objects from Te Papa by James Brown My New Zealand 123 Book; learn counting with...

Book recommendations by Guyon Espiner for The Sapling

Guyon Espiner talked to The Sapling about the books he reads to his child... Many great books in English and in Te reo! My reading...

Don’t leave childhood without… by The Children’s Bookshop

Our wonderful friends from The Children’s Bookshop shared with us their list of best children’s books that every child should have read/been read. The Lorax by Dr Seuss Bad...

List of standalone mysteries by Cait from Time Out Bookstore

Cait - from Time Out Bookstore - gave us her a list of standalone mysteries. They are really clever puzzles with very satisfying endings. The Song...

Halloween at Gecko Press: Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

This October we are celebrating our sometimes-scary lupine characters. Thérèse Tillard, a French librarian, speaks about the enduring appeal of Wolfy below. Children love to play at being...

Celebrating book dads for Fathers’ Day

One good dad can speak a lifetime of reading! Here are some of our Gecko Press favourites: Outdoor dads – Watch Out for the Crocodile Starstruck dads...

Three books for thinking children

I was recently asked about a book for a thinking child: I first chose The Day No one was Angry . It is a book of...