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Mara Bergman

Mara Bergman is an award-winning children’s writer, poet and editor. She was born in NYC on leap year day and grew up on Long Island, and though she’s lived most of her life in the UK, she’s never lost her accent.

Mara has always felt a strong link between poetry and picture books and loves to write both. Her picture books include The Tall Man and the Small Mouse, illustrated by Birgitta Sif (Walker Books), Snip Snap! and the Oliver series (Hodder), illustrated by Nick Maland. Snip Snap! won numerous awards in the UK and US; Oliver Who Would Not Sleep was a Bookstart choice and appeared on CBeebies, along with Itchy Itch Itch (Emily Bolam, ill, Bloomsbury). Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide won the Booktrust Early Years Award. Her books have been translated into Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Serbian.

Mara’s poetry has been published widely and her most recent collection is The Night We Were Dylan Thomas (Arc, 2021).
   

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The Tall Man and the Small Mouse

“On a tall hill, in a tall house, lived a tall man and a small mouse…”

He’s a tall man who likes to fix things. She’s a small mouse who likes to find things. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?

On a tall hill, in a tall house, live a tall man and a small mouse. All day the man does tall things, like untangling swings and rescuing cats from trees. All night the mouse does small things, like finding pins and pens, corks and long-lost forks. The two never see each other until the day the mouse takes a snooze in the man’s long shoes . . . SQUEAK! EEK! Can this duo get along – and maybe even become the perfect mix? A rhythmic, rhyming narration pairs with charming illustrations to celebrate the tall and short of an unlikely friendship – and the surprising benefits of working together.

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World Walker
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When The Alligator Came To Play

When an alligator and her baby came creeping, creeping into the playground, were the people scared? You bet they were! But as three brave children soon discover, the alligators aren't there to eat them after all! A joy to read aloud with outstanding illustrations, this follow-up to the award-winning Snip Snap!

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World Hodder Children's Books
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Best Friends

Dexter, Daisy and Lily are up to their usual doggy tricks causing mayhem in the park, chased by their young owners. Three mischievous mutts and a muddy stream should be a recipe for a disaster but instead these clever dogs bring everyone together. Soon dogs and children are all the best of friends!

This warm and funny rhyming story celebrates the joy of playing outside and the bond between children and their pets.

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World Hodder Children's Books
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Glitter Kitty

It's the day of the Meowtown Dance Competition, and Cuddles has spent the morning in the salon and at the shops. After all, she likes to look her best! What's more, she has been busy running errands and practising her favourite dance routines… so perhaps it's not surprising that her afternoon catnap lasts longer than it should. Will Cuddles get to the competition in time, and will all her efforts allow her to shine on the dance floor?

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World Simon & Schuster Childrens
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Oliver and the Noisy Baby

Oliver's baby sister won't stop crying. Oliver gets in his plane and travels to distant lands to get away from the noise. But wherever he goes, there are babies crying. Oliver wonders if back home HIS sister might need him so he flies back to cuddle her to sleep!

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World Hodder Children's Books
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Itchy Itch Itch

Buffalo had an itchy itch itch,
which he couldn’t quite reach
to scratchy scritch scritch.
What will Buffalo do?

A delightful, humorous story published in partnership with The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity that provides help for animals at home and worldwide. The Society also runs the ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

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World Bloomsbury
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Lively Elizabeth!

Elizabeth is a lively little girl. She loves stomping around, making a racket and creating an awful kerfuffle. One day she does the thing that she knows she should never do: she pushes Joe Fitzhugh. Joe tumbles into Jonny, who knocks into another child, and on and on and on. Oh dear, Elizabeth! What have you done?

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World Hodder Children's Books
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Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide

Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep
Tossed and turned and woke from his sleep.
Though Bat and Owl and Fox were there
Ted didn't seem to be anywhere.

Poor Oliver has lost his Ted and must make a journey far and wide to find him before he can go to sleep. Beautifully illustrated this is a fantastic journey of the imagination - and another perfect bedtime read.

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World English Hodder Children's Books
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Yum, Yum,

Katie, James and their little dog Harry are in the kitchen baking, and too busy to notice a succession of animals creep in through the window, until Crash Bash, Crash Bash a Bear storms in! 

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World Hodder Children's Books
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Oliver Who Was Small But Mighty

The night the wind started to bump and to bash was the night the rain started to thump and to thrash.
Oliver was small, he didn't like it at all. He wished he was tall and mighty. Oliver is having a bath during a thunderstorm and as the thunder gets louder and the storm gets more scary he uses his imagination to face his fears and overcome them.

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World Hodder Children's Books
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Oliver Who Would Not Sleep

Shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award

Shortlisted for the Stockport Children’s Book Award

Oliver Donnington Rimington Sneep couldn't and didn't and would not sleep. It's not that he is afraid of the dark, or monsters, or robbers or sounds from the park. But Oliver Donnington Rimington Sneep likes staying awake more than going to sleep. Join Oliver on his journey to Mars and back before he finally, finally, finally goes to sleep.

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World Hodder Children's Books
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Sylvie's Seahorse

Sylvie loves to swim, although she can't quite do it on her own yet. She goes every Saturday with her mum and baby brother. One Saturday the big children are splashing and being noisy and Sylvie gets put off. But when she visits the aquarium and sees the baby seahorses swimming as soon as they are born, she is more determined than ever to get it right! A simple and reassuring story about rising to the challenge.

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World Walker
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Nick Mack's Good Luck

One of an innovative new series of linked stories designed to build reader confidence. Nick Mack's best friend, Ellie, has a dog called Newton, whom she says is as much Nick's dog as hers. But Nick still wants a pet of his own. When Aunt Terri comes to visit, Nick finds a four-leaf clover in the park - and his good luck soon kicks in...Walker Stories support beginner readers making the transition from picture books in an engaging, entertaining and accessible way.

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World Walker
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Snip Snap!

Winner of the Stockport Children’s Book Award
A Parents’ Choice Silver Award winner (USA)
Awarded the Society of Illustrators’ Silver Medal (USA)

When the alligator came creeping, creeping, creeping up the stairs, were the children scared? You bet they were!

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World Hodder Children's Books