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Michael Morpurgo Month is back for 2023!

Come on an adventure with the nation’s favourite storyteller and celebrate Michael Morpurgo Month 2023 throughout February!

Michael Morpurgo Month is marked in classrooms across the country every year, with exciting events, activities, and competitions that celebrate childhood favourites like War Horse, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Butterfly Lion, and Flamingo Boy.

This year, the theme for Michael Morpurgo Month is horses, to commemorate 40 years of the beloved modern classic, War Horse. It’s the perfect opportunity to introduce or reintroduce your class to the beautiful and searing tale that has been adapted into a theatre performance and screenplay! You can even purchase a special 40th anniversary edition of War Horse click here to buy on Amazon.

Explore the six books we’re celebrating in Michael Morpurgo Month 2023 and find free audio excerpts below. Teachers can also enter our exclusive competition to win a virtual event with Sir Morpurgo for your school! Scroll down to find out more about how to enter.

Our six picks for Michael Morpurgo Month 2023…

War Horse

Farm Boy

Kensuke's Kingdom

Listen to the Moon

Barney the Horse and Other Tales from the Farm: A Farms for City Children Book

War Horse picture book: A beloved modern classic adapted for a new generation of readers

WIN an exclusive virtual event with Sir Michael Morpurgo for your school!

Calling all teachers and school staff! Tell us your favourite Michael Morpurgo book to be in with a chance to win an exclusive virtual event with the man himself!

Is it the beloved modern classic, War Horse? Could it be Kensuke’s Kingdom? What about Listen to the Moon? Whatever it is, we want to hear about it!

To enter, tweet us your favourite Michael Morpurgo book using the hashtag #MorpurgoMonthCompetition.

The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries and announced on 1st March. Good luck!

Read the competition terms and conditions here.

Get a taste of each of these books with these free extracts…

Whether you are discovering these titles for the first time or revisiting an old favourite, click below to listen to a free audio excerpt of the Michael Morpurgo books that we are celebrating this February.

War Horse

One horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches in this masterful story of the power of war, the beauty of peace, and the truest of friendships surviving in terrible times.

Farm Boy

This extraordinary sequel to War Horse takes us forward fifty years as Grandpa tells his grandson all about his beloved horse Joey and how he joined the cavalry to find Joey and fight with him.

Kensuke’s Kingdom

When Michael washes up on a deserted island with no food or water, he doesn’t think he will survive the night. But when he awakens, he discovers that the island is not so deserted after all…

Listen to the Moon

When Alfie and his father find an injured girl on an island in the Scillies, she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. What follows is a story of love, family, and forgiveness in WW1.

Barney the Horse

Full of friendship, adventure, and illustrations from Guy Parker-Rees, this charming three-story collection captures the wonder, muck and magic of a city child’s week on the farm.

War Horse picture book

This richly illustrated picture book edition brings the beloved children’s classic to younger readers so that children of all ages and abilities can learn about the past and connect with Joey’s story.

Michael Morpurgo Month Activity Sheets

Introduce your class to classic Michael Morpurgo titles with activity sheets designed to engage and inspire a love a reading in children aged 5-11. Click below to open PDF activity packs for each title and explore activity sheets suitable for each age group.