Waterstones Children's Laureate

Author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2019-22. 

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.

 

#PassThePen

#PassThePen is a brand new initiative from Cressida Cowell and BookTrust Represents to promote emerging authors and illustrators of colour working on children's books!

The fifth point on Cressida's Laureate Charter is that 'every child has the right to see themselves reflected in a book' - and so she's working to support new creators.

From 16-20 November, up-and-coming authors and illustrators will take over the Instagram account of famous names to introduce themselves, share their work, and discuss their inspirations.

Among the stars handing over their social media are the likes of Nadiya Hussain, Dermot O'Leary, Greg James and Chris Smith and many more.

Find out more about the #PassThePen pairs

Explore the #PassThePen booklist

The logos for BookTrust Represents and the Waterstones Children's Laureate with the #PassThePen hashtag

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About the Waterstones Children's Laureate

Everything you need to know about the laureateship and the current children's author in the role, Cressida Cowell.

More about Cressida Cowell

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.

Children's Laureate events

Would you like to see Cressida Cowell and the former Waterstones Children's Laureates? If so, why not head along to one of a number of events this year.

Former Laureates

Take a look at our League of Laureates: ten star authors and illustrators who have previously held the role.

Our supporters

Find out about everyone who supports the Waterstones Children's Laureate and makes the role possible.

Celebrating 20 years of the Waterstones Children's Laureate

In 2019, we reached a milestone: the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children's Laureate. Here's what we did to celebrate!

Celebrating 20 years of the Waterstones Children's Laureate

In 2019, we reached a milestone: the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children's Laureateship in the UK. 

Find out how we celebrated

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Laureate news on Twitter

  • RT @CressidaCowell: Happy Thursday, all! I'm reading the HttyDragon series from my writing shed which you can access FREE from my Youtube.… 3 days ago
  • You'll be able to hear @CressidaCowell on @BBCRadio4 tomorrow afternoon talking about the inspiration for The Wizards of Once 👇🙌 https://t.co/IfcgwegrnF 11 days ago
  • Not to be missed! 🥳🥳 https://t.co/OKmhdCuXxD 12 days ago
  • RT @ReadforGoodUK: We have a very special Thank You to schools who have taken part in #Readathon over the last year. The inspiring @UKLaure… 16 days ago
  • RT @CressidaCowell: Went on a wonderful walk back in time with Clare Balding in West Sussex, where I spent a lot of time as a child, and wa… 16 days ago
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