Michael Morpurgo on fostering a love of ‘story’

Tonight at London’s Guildhall, Michael Morpurgo will be speaking at the inaugural BookTrust Annual Lecture. Drawing from his own experiences as a learner, writer and teacher, tonight he discusses the vital difference between teaching literacy and encouraging a love of story.

In his lecture, Morpurgo will say you “cannot force-feed children” with literacy, urging parents and teachers to instead focus on sparking a lifelong love of story.

“All that matters at that early age is that they learn to love it, that they want to listen to more stories, read them, tell them, write them, act them out, sing them, dance them. All the rest will come later, the literacy side of things, which is important, once that seed is sown.”

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