Reading is Magic Festival: Discover the all-star line-up of authors and illustrators joining Cressida Cowell 27/08/2020
Find out which brilliant authors and illustrators will be joining Waterstones Children'...
Bath Festivals and Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell go global with the launch of free online Reading is Magic Festival 13/07/2020
Bath Festivals has today announced the launch of the Reading is Magic Festival for youn...
"Creativity has never been more important": Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell launches creative summer camp with all star line-up 01/07/2020
Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell and the best-selling author illustrator...
From 6 - 10 July, Cressida held a week of ‘Summer Camp’ activity celebrating children’s innate creativity and showcasing the enormous wealth of talent across the UK.
Cressida was joined by an all-star line-up of leading authors and illustrators – including Eoin Colfer, Theresa Lola and Rob Biddulph – to encourage young creatives with writing workshops, drawing masterclasses and much more.
Catch up on the fun below!
Please note: We sometimes link to third party sites, including YouTube, so children should not use Cressida's Creativity Summer Camp unsupervised.
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
- A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to @ceciliaknapp on being made the new #YoungPeopleLaureate for London 🤩🎉🥳 https://t.co/edTVsqo6il 3 hours ago
- RT @bathkidslitfest: Happy Thursday! Today's #ReadingIsMagicFest theme is 'have advice from a trained librarian or bookseller' 🌟📚 🎸9.15am… 7 hours ago
- RT @_KnightsOf: LET’S GO! @BooksandChokers is LIVE at the #ReadingIsMagicFest now — https://t.co/H1Q3cqHMMx" target="_blank">https://t.co/H1Q3cqHMMx See you there!! 📚 https://t.… 1 day ago
- RT @bathkidslitfest: @CressidaCowell Fancy heading outside and listening in the fresh air? This podcast is also available on Soundcloud 🍂🎧… 2 days ago
- RT @FrithaL: It’s day 2 of #ReadingIsMagicFest & our @UKLaureate daily theme is ‘Have a planet to read on’ 🌍 📚💫 Brilliant book events comin… 2 days ago