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 an 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 2020, up-and-coming authors and illustrators took over the Instagram accounts of famous names to introduce themselves, share their work, and discuss their inspirations.

Among the stars who handed over their social media were 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 @southbankcentre: BLOG | We caught up with the much-loved childrenโ€™s author and Childrenโ€™s Laureate (@UKLaureate) ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ, Jacqueline Wiโ€ฆ 5 days ago
  • This is guaranteed to be a brilliant event! It's online, so if you're free on 3 Feb and love school libraries, this one is for you! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š #lifechanginglibraries https://t.co/FOe1TnZidQ 7 days ago
  • This library looks incredible ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ https://t.co/ZqlUyTnYfU 17 days ago
  • As 2021 draws to a close, we're thinking about what our favourite books are for the year, and there are just SO MANY to choose from! Can they all be favourites?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ What has been your favourite book to read this year? ๐Ÿ“š https://t.co/FSn0y3TjXB 25 days ago
  • RT @CressidaCowell: One of those tweets that make EVERYTHING worthwhile. Am writing the books hoping they will be enjoyed by families readiโ€ฆ 31 days ago
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