Michael has written over 100 books for children since he began writing in 1982. His novel War Horse has recently been adapted into a play that has had two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and is currently touring the West End and Broadway. It has also been adapted into an Oscar-nominated film directed by Steven Spielberg.
He was appointed Children’s Laureate from May 2003 until 2005 and was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in 2007. His books include Why the Whales Came, which was made into a major feature film, and My Friend Walter, filmed by Thames Television. Kensuke’s Kingdom won the Children’s Book Award 2000 and was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal in 2000. He received critical acclaim for Out of the Ashes, a moving novel about the foot and mouth crisis that was adapted for television.
His book Shadow won The Red House Children’s book award in 2011. This is a story of a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of war, and befriended by a brave army sniffer dog named Shadow who stays by his side as the boy and his family make a bid for freedom.
In 1976, Michael and his wife, Clare, started the charity Farms for City Children. They help to run three farms around the country, offering children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to live and work in the countryside for a week, and gain hands-on experience, aiming to broaden their horizons.
Michael’s latest books, Such Stuff is an anthology of essays and extracts from his best-loved works published by Walker Books.