Mara Bergman has worked in publishing for many years and is Senior Commissioning Editor of Fiction at Walker Books in London.
Her poetry has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies here in the UK and abroad, and she is the author of more than twenty books for young children. These include Snip Snap Alligator!, winner of the Stockport Children’s Book Award and a Parents’ Choice Award (USA); Yum Yum!, shortlisted for the Stockport Children’s Book Award; Oliver Who Would Not Sleep, shortlisted for the Stockport Children’s Book Award and the Booktrust Early Years Award and Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide, which won the Booktrust Early Years Award in 2009.
We are thrilled that Mara has agreed to be a judge for the challenge. To find out about the incredible journey Stanleytross, our plastic Albatross will be taking along the Thames, and how you can get involved in the poetry and illustration challenge, visit our entries page.