Join Michael Morpurgo on World Book Day 2023

Order your FREE Readathon kit by Friday 24 February 2023 to get exclusive and free access to our LIVE virtual event with world-renowned author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo this World Book Day.

Left image: Author Michael Morpurgo with arms folded. Right image: The front cover of the War Horse novel featuring a dark coloured horse looking away towards red barbed wire

In this Q&A session, Michael will be talking to one of the Read for Good Story Tellers about his inspiration for War Horse as well as reading an extract from the book. First published in 1982, War Horse was inspired by accounts told to Michael by First World War veterans and by witnessing first-hand the connection between animals and a young boy at his ‘Farms for City Children’. War Horse follows Joey the horse from the fields of Devon to the deadly chaos of trenches during the First World War, a powerful story of friendship and humanity on both sides of the war.

This event will start at 10am and run for approximately 45 minutes, including time for questions from schools and an interactive mini-quiz.

*All schools who order a kit by 24/02/2023 to run Readathon during 2022-2023 will be eligible and will be emailed a link to register for the event.

Any money raised through Readathon supports our hospital programme, bringing a regular supply of brand new books and storyteller visits to children in hospitals across the UK. Plus, you’ll earn free books worth 20% of your donations for your own school.

Everything you need to run your Readathon comes in our free kit and is supported by a host of online resources.


Terms and conditions

  • All schools who order a kit by 24/02/2023 to run Readathon during 2022-2023 will be eligible for free access to the Michael Morpurgo event
  • An exclusive link to register for the event will be emailed to all eligible schools before 2nd March 2023
  • Schools have to register to attend the event
  • The event will be broadcast live at 10am on Thursday 2nd March
  • The event will be made available after the live event to watch on catch up
  • The event will be made available to all schools in the summer term