About Gecko Press

The aim of Gecko Press is to encourage children to love to read.
We champion strong stories rich in language and illustration -
books that are 'crunchy'.


Gecko Press, founded in 2005, is an independent publisher of curiously good books. We translate and publish children's books by some of the world's best writers and illustrators. We choose books that are excellent in story, illustration and design, with a strong 'heart factor'.

Gecko Press hand-picks 12-15 titles each year. Of these, two or three are books original to Gecko Press, typically by New Zealand writers and illustrators. Our list currently stands at 70 titles, ranging from board books through to pre-teen novels, from countries including France, Taiwan, Sweden, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Poland and the Netherlands.

Gecko Press books  are distributed in New Zealand by Upstart Distribution; in Australia by Scholastic; in the US by Lerner; and in the UK by Bounce! Sales and Marketing. You can also buy our books at our online shop.


  • Best Children's Publisher of the Year in Oceania at Bologna International Children's Bookfair 2013
  • New Zealand Thorpe-Bowker Publisher of the Year 2008; Runner up 2010; Finalist 2011; Finalist 2012
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2010, Children's Choice Junior Fiction, Friends: Snake and Lizard
  • Winner Creative Gold Wellington regional business Gold Awards, 2010
  • Finalist Wellington regional business Gold Awards, 2009
  • Sunday Star-Times NZ Children's Publisher of the Year 2008
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book of the Year 2008, Snake and Lizard

'Inspirational publishing ... their current list is adventurous and dynamic.'
Sunday Star-Times

'[Gecko Press's] production values are exemplary.'
Kate de Goldi, Radio New Zealand

'It's one of those "why didn't I think of that" ideas that seems so obvious - in hindsight.'
New Zealand Herald

'There is a robust nature to the books [Gecko Press] has published, a strength, a quirkiness, and a depth that we have lacked ... We have customers who seek out Gecko books ahead of any others.'
John McIntyre, Children's Bookshop and National Radio reviewer

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