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Cressida Cowell

Waterstones Children’s Laureate

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell is the author-illustrator of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and ‘The Wizards of Once’ book series. ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ is also an Academy Award nominated film and TV franchise. Cressida is a trustee of World Book Day, a patron of Read for Good, and an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Woodland Trust. She has won the Ruth Rendell Award for championing literacy, the Blue Peter Book Award, and the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction. She is an honorary fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Brighton. Cressida is the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2019-2022).