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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.
Now it's 2019, we've reached a milestone: this year is the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children's Laureate. Don't miss out on all the celebrations...
Celebrating 20 years of the Waterstones Children's Laureate
This year, in 2019, we've reached a milestone: it is 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...
Colour in Emily Brown and her toy rabbit: perfect for younger fans of Cressida Cowell.
Collect lost and endangered words! Can you match these words with their meanings?
Laureate news on Twitter
- Some FABULOUS news about one of the former Children's Laureates 🙌 Can't wait to get our hands on this! #ChildrensLaureate https://t.co/q9Zo9OC0eU 5 hours ago
- RT @CressidaCowell: Path to the writing shed, October https://t.co/ryGNQKvqcZ 6 hours ago
- In the wake of the surprise double winner #BookerPrize2019 announcement last night, it's left us wondering about the possibility of a Children's Booker Prize... If there was such a thing, which book would you want to win? 📚 #TuesdayThoughts #ChildrensLaureate https://t.co/iEPXPqf5WJ 22 hours ago
- Congratulations, you've reached Friday. Now who's ready to spend the weekend reading?! 🙌 #FridayFeeling #Friyay #ChildrensLaureate https://t.co/hFB30GTM8R 5 days ago
- We are less than 500 followers away from hitting 10k followers 😮 Who thinks we can get there? 🙌 #ChildrensLaureate #WednesdayMotivation https://t.co/CUDROvz6Q1 7 days ago