New Zealand’s Gecko Press to be distributed by Walker Books

Walker Books is delighted to announce that they will be the distributor for award-winning Wellington based publishing house, Gecko Press, from the 1st of March 2019.

Voted NZ Publisher of the Year in 2017, Gecko Press is an independent, international publisher of curiously good children’s books. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Gecko Press hand-picks 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.

Gecko Press started in 2005. “Thirteen 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.

“Then I found out 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.”

“It is a privilege for Walker Books to be representing the outstanding Gecko Press list throughout New Zealand and Australia. It is wonderful to represent a list that is such a perfect fit for Walker. As publishers we both have carefully crafted and creatively driven lists that inspire a special relationship with booksellers,” says Angela Van Den Belt, President of Walker Books Australia and New Zealand.

“Gecko Press has been so ably represented in New Zealand and Australia – and we thank our reps and staff at Archetype, Upstart and Scholastic for their great care of our list (and of us). But the decision to merge sales and distribution in Australia and New Zealand to a single company and single warehouse is strategically sound for a publisher selling in both countries. Joining forces with such an esteemed children’s publisher as Walker Books is a wonderful chance for Gecko Press to develop through our next thirteen years and is a perfect home for us,” says Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall.

Walker Books Australia has been bringing the best of children’s publishing to Australia and New Zealand for 25 years. The company is dedicated to publishing books of unwavering quality for children and young adults to read and treasure. Walker Books Australia is also passionate about the Australian and New Zealand Children’s book industry and is a haven for the most highly talented authors and illustrators, both emerging and award-winning.


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