November to be Michael Morpurgo month

November to be Michael Morpurgo month

HarperCollins is to mark Michael Morpurgo's 70th birthday with a month-long celebration in collaboration with Egmont, Macmillan, Random House, Templar and Walker.

“Morpurgo Month” in November will see 30 of Morpurgo’s 100 books highlighted in a “first-of-its-kind” promotion.

Schools, libraries and bookshops will be invited to focus, week by week, on the themes of Animals, War, Legends and Voyages, as represented in Morpurgo’s writing. One book will be highlighted each day of the month via social media.

A range of materials is available to support the promotion  in store, and resource packs have been sent to 24,000 primary schools, offering them the chance to win a visit from Morpurgo. Meanwhile, website www.michaelmorpurgo.com will host free resources, author videos and author downloads.

HarperCollins has three new Morpurgo titles out this autumn: a retelling of Pinocchio and short-story collection Of Lions and Unicorns (both published in September), plus a paperback edition of A Medal for Leroy. A paperback of the biography of Morpurgo edited for children, From War Child to War Horse by Maggie Ferguson, was also published last month.

Other titles in the promotion will include War Horse (Egmont), Private Peaceful (HCB), Beowulf (Walker) and The Butterfly Lion (HCB).