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

Friday 10 July: ‘Writing Masterclass’

  • On the final day of Cressida’s Creativity Summer Camp, Eoin Colfer, Zanib Mian, Sharna Jackson, Patrice Lawrence and Francesca Simon are helping aspiring writers with a masterclass containing plenty of story starter ideas, advice on creating characters, and how to build an imaginary world. And to wrap-up Summer Camp, Cressida is joined by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Onjali Raúf for a very special live event where they answer as many questions as possible in a creativity brainstorm!

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…