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RNIB Welcomes Sir Michael Morpurgo to World Book Day Event



One of Britain’s best loved children’s authors will meet up to 40 families of children with a vision impairment this week in an exclusive online World Book Day event.

 

Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE will read sections of his book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ and answer questions from the children who have applied to take part in the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) event.

 

The children will be provided with a copy of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ in their preferred format and an accompanying sensory story sack, giving them a multi-sensory experience as Sir Michael reads.


During the event, RNIB’s Children Young People and Families (CYPF) team will deliver inclusive activities to help the children explore and engage with the story.


Reading, writing, stories, poems, words, are for us all,” said Sir Michael.

 

“To be able to access them is to be able to live the story, hear the poem, love the music and the rhythm of the words. In our mind’s eye we can travel the world, meet people, we can wonder and dream, we can make the stories come alive in our heads and live inside them.”

 

RNIB want to make sure that VI children can celebrate the power of reading with their sighted peers.

 

Accessible versions of all of this year’s World Book Day UK titles are available in audio and braille through the RNIB Library.

 

This year’s range of books provides adventure, mystery and laughter, with titles including Elmer And The Patchwork Story by David McKee, Loki: Tales Of A Bad God by Louie Stowell and The Doomsday Date by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.


The books can be ordered in their preferred format from RNIB’s Helpline on 0303 123 999. They are also all available to download in audio and braille from RNIB Reading Services at https://readingservices.rnib.org.uk.

 

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