Michael Morpurgo’s shares his favourite children’s books

The award-winning author of War Horse and The Butterfly Lion selects his top five children's reads

Michael Morpurgo's Favourite Children's Books

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr (HarperCollins)

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“Judith Kerr’s classic story about a tiger who comes calling, sits down to tea and eats absolutely everything in the house and drinks all the water too, is both charming and thought-provoking”.

>> Buy The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (Frances Lincoln)

“This race-against-time story, as Mike and his steam shovel dig the foundations for the new town hall, leaves you breathless. Ingenious, with a perfect twist at the end!”.

>> Buy Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel

Cockatoos by Quentin Blake (Red Fox)

“In every picture you have to count the cockatoos who are doing their best not to be noticed. They can be hilariously hidden and difficult to find”.

>> Buy Cockatoos

Cat In The Manger by Michael Foreman (Red Fox)

“The farm cat becomes more and more irritated with all the kerfuffle and fuss as the wise men and the shepherds come to disturb his peace. Original and brilliant!”.

>> Buy Cat In The Manger

Oi! Get Off Our Train by John Burningham (Red Fox)

“A surreal train story as animal after animal insist on hitching a ride on Burningham’s wonderful steam train. A totally magical journey ensues”.

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>> Buy Oi! Get Off Our Train