It is really important that focusing on things such as spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting doesn't inhibit the creative flow. When I was at school there was a huge focus on copying and testing and it put me off words and stories for years.
Don't worry about writing a book or getting famous or making money. Just lead an interesting life.
It is the child's understanding that teaches the adults the way of the future. They're still doing it today with modern technology.
There is the myth that writing books for children is easier than writing books for grownups, whereas we know that truly great books for children are works of genius, whether it's 'Alice in Wonderland' or the 'Gruffalo' or 'Northern Lights'. When it's a great book, it's a great book, whether it's for children or not.
Always write your ideas down however silly or trivial they might seem. Keep a notebook with you at all times.
The most important thing is to live an interesting life. Keep your eyes, ears and heart open. Talk to people and visit interesting places, and don't forget to ask questions. To be a writer you need to drink in the world around you so it's always there in your head.
Access to books and the encouragement of the habit of reading: these two things are the first and most necessary steps in education and librarians, teachers and parents all over the country know it. It is our children's right and it is also our best hope and their best hope for the future.
Michael Morpurgo — quotes and aphorisms
Animals are sentient, intelligent, perceptive, funny and entertaining. We owe them a duty of care as we do to children.
It's the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.
Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.