The Literacy Library Presents... Building a Community of Readers: The Role of Book Clubs in Developing Reading for Pleasure

25th February, 2021 - 17:30 pm to 19:00 pm
Price: £20.00

Join us for a very special Literacy Library presents event with former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. 

CLPE’s Charlotte Hacking will share what we have learnt about the importance of building a community of readers to develop a reading for pleasure culture and what our research about book clubs in schools has told us about engaging some of our most hard to reach readers.  Charlotte will share practical ideas about setting up book clubs that come from our work with schools as well as information about choosing and using appropriate texts.

We’ll be joined by Michael Morpurgo from his home in Devon. This month HarperCollins Children’s Books are launching the Morpurgo Month Bookclub for readers of 8-12, alongside Storytime for younger readers. Michael and Charlotte will talk about the importance of books and stories and the ways in which we can all encourage a love of reading – particularly during these strange and unusual times.

We have partnered with Peters Books to give participants 35% off the HarperCollins Children's Books Morpurgo Month Bookclub titles: Mouth of the Wolf, The Butterfly Lion, Shadow, Private Peaceful, Boy Giant and War Horse. This discount is available from February 20th and March 20th 2021. Find out more and buy these books...

Registration will be via Zoom. Please follow the instructions in your confirmation email and ensure that you register well in advance of the event start time.

Date: 25th February 2021

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Tickets: £20.00 MM book Club.jpg

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo is the former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author of over 150 books, including Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom, The Butterfly Lion, and War Horse, which became a hugely successful production from the National Theatre and a movie by Steven Spielberg. In 1976, Michael and his wife, Clare, started the charity Farms for City Children which offers children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to live and work on a working farm for a week, and gain hands-on experience of the countryside . Michael received a Knighthood in 2018 for services to literature and charity. 

Morpurgo Month is the annual celebration of stories by the UK’s best-loved storyteller. It is spearheaded by Michael’s publisher Harper Collins Children’s Books and runs in February every year. This year the Morpurgo Month Bookclub will be launched for readers of 8-12, alongside Storytime for younger readers. Children at home with their families or as part of their remote learning with schools, can choose one of the 6 books that are the focus of the Morpurgo Month Bookclub – Boy Giant, The Butterfly Lion, In the Mouth of the Wolf, Shadow, Private Peaceful and. War Horse. As part of Morpurgo Month there will the chance to win a virtual event with Michael for the winner’s school. Readers can sign up and take part at