Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Gecko Press is an independent, international publisher of curiously good children's books, based in Wellington, New Zealand. The publishing house opened its doors  in 2005.  “Ten years ago, the idea of choosing books from other languages, and translating them into English was considered madness – though I didn’t know that at the time,” says publisher Julia Marshall.

At that time, 1% of books published in the UK were reported to have non-English beginnings. “When I reported this number to the Swedish publisher of Margaret Mahy, he said: ‘I’m surprised that figure is so high.’”

“Then I found that Ulf Stark’s classic Can You Whistle, Johanna? had been translated into 20 languages but not English.”

“And that was the beginning of Gecko Press.”

Gecko Press selects, translates and publishes books by some of the best writers and illustrators in the world – books of good heart and strong character, excellent in story, illustration and design. We choose stories children and parents will want to read hundreds of times.

Gecko Press hand-picks 17–20 titles each year, for children from 0 to 14 (sometimes infinity) – from countries including France, Taiwan, Sweden, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Finland, Poland and the Netherlands.

Gecko Press books are sold throughout the English-speaking world, marketed directly into North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, in digital and print editions.

Gecko Press prides itself on good production – design, paper, bindings, covers – and on trying to make each book the best it can be.