Cressida Cowell is currently the Waterstones Children's Laureate (2019 - 2021). She is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon books series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. The Wizards of Once series has been translated into 37 languages and has been signed by DreamWorks Animation. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages and is a major DreamWorks Animation film franchise, as well as being made into a TV series on Netflix and CBBC. Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize.
For readers who want another story with both words and pictures, Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon and its many sequels about the zany and rollicking adventure of young Hiccup and his friends and their attempts to train their pet dragons is perfect. - theguardian.comWith book sales of over seven million, Cressida Cowell knows full well every good story needs a hero - BBC 1The phenomenally popular Cressida Cowell exhibition (Northumbria University Seven Stories initiative) - chroniclelive.co.ukIf you haven't discovered Hiccup yet, you're missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literatureYou can't help but be inspired by Cressida - lep.co.ukAward winning British children's author Cressida Cowell has enjoyed more than a decade of success with a series of books about young Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless - The Mail on SundayCowell is a master of storytelling. The Tata tent, the Hay Festival's biggest venue, was packed...On a profound level, this series celebrates divergence and being true to oneself, teaching children that they don't have to be carbon copies of their parents - Hay Festival of the Arts