Fridays 4, 11, 18, 25 August, 1 September,
11.00-16.00
FREE, All Ages

Inspired by exhibition Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories, enjoy a series of fun family days celebrating children’s literature and storytelling this summer. Join us throughout the holidays with five themed days led by artists, writers, musicians and more! All this fun is free of charge.

Museum of Childhood - Reading

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Folk Family Day
Friday 4 August
A series of music events and performances for children and families, celebrating the rich heritage of English folk traditions and storytelling for children. In collaboration with English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Renowned young folk musician Nick Hart presents interactive singing and dancing sessions that you can join and enjoy. Meet writer-in-residence Ross Montgomery for folk writing challenge, listen to storytelling sessions, and enjoy folk inspired art activities and more.

Journey of Joey
Friday 11 August
Meet Joey the original West End puppet from War Horse, the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel. Join in activities and events inspired by this incredible puppet.

Little Angel Theatre will bring a day-long participatory puppet making and the finale parade will take place at 14.00. Help writer-in-residence Ross Montgomery in writing his new book War Pigeon at our playful writing activity, create your own paper puppet, and have a go at handling rod puppets.

Morpurgo’s Menagerie
Friday 18 August
Michael Morpurgo’s stories conjure beautiful scenes of nature and charming animals. Enjoy a day full of wildlife themed activities including real animals, visiting the Museum garden from Spitalfield City Farm!

Little Word Weaving
Friday 25 August
Play with words, letters and sounds! Read, recite and create! Word fun for little ones in a day of activities inspired by the writing of Michael Morpurgo.

Join artist Thurle Wright for a visual word weaving art activity, enjoy participatory words and sound performance by composer Neil Luck, and more.

Art of Books Day
Friday 1 September
Judge a book by its cover! Meet book and printmakers for fun activities and discover the world of book design and illustration.

Meet the illustrator of Morpurgo’s Beauty and the Beast, Loretta Schauer, and try illustrating yourself, or join a book making workshop by London Centre of Book Arts.