The award-winning “Go to Sleep, Gecko!: A Balinese Folktale,” by local author Margaret Read MacDonald, is now out in paperback.

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Delight readers of all ages with the award-winning “Go to Sleep, Gecko!: A Balinese Folktale,” by local author Margaret Read MacDonald, now out in paperback.

The book by MacDonald, a former King County children’s librarian from Des Moines, Wash., is best read aloud to showcase its lovely cadence. Parents will love the ecological message about how everything is interconnected, and kids will love the (non-gratuitous) surprise use of the word “poop.” Everyone will enjoy the beautiful illustrations by Geraldo Valério.

“Go to Sleep, Gecko!” was recently selected by the prime minister of Singapore to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the country’s kidsREAD literacy program. And it was written right here. For ages 4–8.

$9 paperback, $17 hardcover at Secret Garden Books (Ballard) and amazon.com