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Cressida Cowell

The role of Children’s Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.

Cressida Cowell is the number one bestselling author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. She has sold over 11 million books worldwide in 38 languages.

What a treat we’ve got for you this summer! The amazing author and Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell has invited us to join in the fun with her ‘Creativity Summer Camp’ . Top authors and illustrators will be sharing tips, advice and great activities to help you get writing and drawing this summer (and beyond). Join her via the link below to see what she has to share with you.

Mrs Colquhoun & Mrs Lewis

Thursday 9 July: ‘Reading Aloud Around the World’

  • On Thursday – which marks the one year anniversary of Cressida Cowell’s appointment as Waterstones Children’s Laureate – international Children’s Laureates from around the world will unite with Cressida for a Laureate readathon, with Jason Reynolds (US), Eloise Williams (Wales), Áine Ní Ghlinn (Ireland), Ursula Dubosarsky (Australia) and Manon Sikkel (The Netherlands), to celebrate the power of sharing a story.

Magic Ideas Gallery

Here’s where you can find all kinds of magical inspiration from authors and illustrators during Cressida’s Creativity Summer Camp

Cressida's 'To-Do List'

New Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell is full of exciting plans and wants EVERY child to read for fun and get something out of books. Here, she shares her Children’s Laureate Charter with you all…