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Michael Morpurgo Month 2022 is now over for this year – come back soon for more news of Morpurgo Month 2023!

Come on an adventure with the nation’s favourite storyteller and celebrate Michael Morpurgo Month this February!
We are hoping that children and schools choose one of the six shortlisted books, read it, talk about it and review it just like a book club…
Then, by submitting your review to our competition, you could win a live virtual event with Michael Morpurgo himself for your school! Scroll down to enter now.

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Farm Boy


Farm Boy

The magical sequel to ‘War Horse’, soon to be a major motion picture.

Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Grandpa’s eye. In War Horse, Joey was sent away from the farm to be a warhorse in WWI. Grandpa had joined the cavalry in order to find, and fight, with Joey. Farm Boy brings us forward fifty years with Grandpa not only telling his grandson, Joey’s story but also a ‘shameful secret’ which he has held for years…

The story is set in Iddesleigh in Devon and lovingly evokes the bonds between farm and farmer; grandson and grandfather. The spirit of rural life is superbly captured in both Michael Morpurgo’s writing and Michael Foreman’s illustrations. An irresistible title from acclaimed author-illustrator partnership.

Farm Boy teaching resources
Farm Boy extract

Mudpuddle Farm: Six Animal Adventures


Mudpuddle Farm: Six Animal Adventures (Mudpuddle Farm)

A charming series of adventures for younger readers, featuring a family of all sorts of animals that live in the farmyard behind the tumble-down barn on Mudpuddle Farm…

Six fantastic stories in one volume!

Mossop’s Last Chance:
“There’s mice in my barley sacks, there’s rats in my roof and now there’s mice in the corn bin. This time I’ve had enough. If you aren’t up to the job, you will have to go.”

Mossop the old farm cat likes to sleep – and not much else! So when Farmer Rafferty tells him to catch twenty-six mice by sunset, all the animals have to pull together to give Mossop one last chance…

Albertine, Goose Queen:
A fox is on the loose, and all the animals except Albertine the goose have hidden themselves inside. Albertine is safe on her island in the pond – at least so she thinks, until the fox starts swimming towards her…

Jigger’s Day Off:
Jigger the sheepdog has just one day off a year. Just one day to chase all those little animals hiding in the corn. But even the best made plans can go wrong…

Pigs Might Fly!:
It’s a long hot summer, and Pintsize the piglet wonders if it might be cooler in the sky. But when he tries to fly, he annoys just about everyone. It’s time he learned his lesson…

Martians at Mudpuddle Farm:
Have Martians landed on Mudpuddle Farm? Farmer Rafferty seems to think so. Now it’s up to Albertine, Goose Queen, to work it out. Luckily she’s the cleverest goose in the whole world, so if anyone knows what to do, she will…

Mum’s the Word:
Something strange is going on at Mudpuddle Farm. Egbert the goat is not himself at all. Instead of grumbling, he’s singing and dancing! And he’s even greedier than usual…

Mudpuddle Farm teaching resources – Albertine, Goose Queen
Mudpuddle Farm teaching resources – And Pigs Might Fly
Mudpuddle Farm teaching resources – Mum’s the Word
Mudpuddle Farm teaching resources – Jigger’s Day Off
Mudpuddle Farm teaching resources – Martians at Mudpuddle Farm
Mudpuddle Farm teaching resources – Mossop’s Last Chance
Mudpuddle Farm extract

Little Foxes


Little Foxes

A spellbinding animal story from War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo.

Bullied at school, nagged in Aunty May’s tenth-floor council flat, there’s only one place ten-year-old Billy really feels alive – in the wilderness by the canal. There he watches a cygnet on the water and protects a family of fox cubs. Then his secret place is discovered and the fox family decimated. Unwanted and unloved, Billy and the last fox run for their lives …

A gripping and poignant animal adventure from the master storyteller of An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. 

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 Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children’s authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011.

Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came and Kensuke’s Kingdom. Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the “poverty of experience” many young children feel in inner city and urban areas. Michael is also a patron of over a dozen other charities. Living in Devon, listening to Mozart and working with children have provided Michael with the ideas and incentive to write his stories. He spends half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories for children. “For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out – the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers.” Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

Little Foxes teaching resources
Little Foxes extract

Born to Run


Born to Run

By Michael Morpurgo

Published 2nd Jun 2008

ISBN: 9780007230594

Born to Run teaching resources
Born to Run extract

The Nine Lives of Montezuma


The Nine Lives of Montezuma

The charming tales of one mischievous cat from War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

A cat’s nine lives are full of adventure and excitement and none more so than Montezuma, the farmyard cat. From a young kitten to a grand old cat, he is cunning and proud while establishing his kingdom, but to Matthew, he’s always loving and adorable. A great read that kids aged 9+ will love.

Michael Morpurgo, again demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller with this collection of stories. Famed for animal stories such as Little Foxes, Shadow, The Butterfly Lion and An Eagle in the Snow, The Nine Lives of Montezuma is every bit as enthralling. Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

The Nine Lives of Montezuma teaching resources
The Nine Lives of Montezuma extract

A Medal for Leroy


A Medal for Leroy

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army.

A novel about families, identity and loss by bestselling award-winning author of WAR HORSE.

Michael doesn’t remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn’t like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history.

A story of love and loss.

A story that will change everything – and reveal to Michael who he really is…

A Medal for Leroy teaching resources
A Medal for Leroy extract
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