As 2021 draws to a close, we're reflecting on the year we've had - and what a year it's...
#PassThePen 2021: Perfect Christmas gift ideas from BookTrust Represents authors and illustrators this year 02/12/2021
Here's our top pick of the year's books by authors and illustrators of colour, picked b...
The Duchess of Cornwall joins Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE to open 'Life-changing Library' at Griffin Primary School in Wandsworth 22/06/2021
This morning, The Duchess of Cornwall joined Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida C...
#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.
In this section
Everything you need to know about the laureateship and the current children's author in the role, 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.
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.
Take a look at our League of Laureates: ten star authors and illustrators who have previously held the role.
Find out about everyone who supports the Waterstones Children's Laureate and makes the role possible.
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.
Laureate news and blogs
Fun activity sheets to try
Draw your dragon, give it a name and then those all-important vital statistics!
Colour in Hiccup and the headband and make your own crown to wear proudly!
Lots of game and activity suggestions to hold a fun How To Train Your Dragon event in y...
Add a splash of colour to Emily Brown and her rabbit - perfect for younger fans of Cres...
Collect lost and endangered words! Can you match these words with their meanings?
Laureate news on Twitter
- RT @southbankcentre: BLOG | We caught up with the much-loved children’s author and Children’s Laureate (@UKLaureate) 👩👩👧👦, Jacqueline Wi… 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! 📚📚📚 #lifechanginglibraries https://t.co/FOe1TnZidQ 7 days ago
- This library looks incredible 😍😍 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?! 😂 What has been your favourite book to read this year? 📚 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 readi… 31 days ago