'Every child has the right to...' Read Cressida Cowell's giant to-do-list as the new Waterstones Children's Laureate
Published on: 09 July 2019 Author: Cressida Cowell
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...
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.
She's also just become the new Waterstones Children's Laureate, which means she's here to champion children's books and get even more kids reading.
Read Cressida Cowell's to-do-list
What do you think of Cressida Cowell's charter as the new Children's Laureate?
Every child has the right to...
Read for the joy of it
Access NEW books in schools, libraries and bookshops
Have advice from a trained librarian or bookseller
Own their OWN book
See themselves reflected in a book
Be read aloud to
Have some choice in what they read
Be creative for at least 15 minutes a week
See an author event at least ONCE
Have a planet to read on
Let the magic start here: a few illustrations from Cressida Cowell's own books...
Artwork from How to Train Your Dragon: by Cressida Cowell
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Hiccup at the seaside: illustration by Cressida Cowell
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Illustration by Neal Layton, from the picture book Emily Brown, written by Cressida Cowell
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Twice Magic Door: illustration by Cressida Cowell
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Hiccup and Fishlegs: illustration by Cressida Cowell
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Crusher: illustration by Cressida Cowell
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Toothless and Hiccup: illustration by Cressida Cowell
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Wish and Xar: illustration by Cressida Cowell
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Witch attack: illustration by Cressida Cowell
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Xar and Snowcat: illustration by Cressida Cowell
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Xar and Wish at Bodkin Door: illustration by Cressida Cowell
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