Our story Our people Our Ambassadors We're very lucky to have the support of some well-known faces who support our campaigns and help spread the word about the importance of improving child literacy. Dan Snow Award winning TV historian and presenter Dan Snow became a Beanstalk Ambassador in February 2017. Dan is a passionate supporter of improving children's literacy and their wider education: “Through my work I visit a lot of schools and have seen the importance of reading. In today’s world, without literacy, you’ve got nothing. You cannot engage with the internet, you can’t engage fully with society, and so it’s enormously important that we support children with their literacy now to give them the best chance of a successful future. Beanstalk is really taking the fight on illiteracy into schools, taking it to young people. Not being able to read is a very real problem, but it is a solvable problem. Beanstalk’s volunteers make such a difference to the lives of the children they support, helping them face the world with confidence.” Jack Whitehall Award winning comedian and actor Jack Whitehall became an ambassador for Beanstalk's Jack's Club in May 2017. Jack is passionate about ensuring that children from disadvantaged backgrounds have the support they need to reach for the stars. “No child should have a bad education. That’s why I’m honoured to be the ambassador for Beanstalk’s Jack’s Club, which will provide 17,000 Looked after Children with the one-to-one support they need to succeed in school and reach for the stars." Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent. One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, Shadow, and War Horse, which was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and then, in 2011, for a film directed by Steven Spielberg. His book, Private Peaceful was adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and a film, directed by Pat O'Connor. He has won numerous awards including those voted for by children themselves, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Children’s Book Award. Michael joined Beanstalk as an Ambassador following our merger with Reading Matters in November 2017 where he was a Patron for many years. "These two wonderful charities Reading Matters and Beanstalk have come to together to reach more children and young people who need vital support with their reading. Together they can continue the important work they do in schools with their legions of volunteers to help create readers and change the lives of children through books and reading. I am delighted to continue lending my support to Beanstalk."