Cressida Cowell

Join Waterstones Children's Laureate 2019-2022 Cressida Cowell as she talks about how to make stories feel real, how to write adventure stories & the inspiration behind her bestselling books
Writing about magic, adventure, humour and heart with Cressida Cowell

About Cressida Cowell:

Cressida Cowell is currently the Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2019 – 2022). She is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon books series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. The Wizards of Once series has been translated into 38 languages and has been signed by DreamWorks Animation. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages and is a major DreamWorks Animation film franchise, as well as being made into a TV series on Netflix and CBBC.

Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children’s Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children’s Book Prize.

About Cressida’s Books:

How To Train Your Dragon: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. His father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne – but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy…We first meet Hiccup as he (unwillingly) leads ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER!

Wizards of Once: Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it. Now Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they’re going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort. Where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring …

Praise for Cressida’s books:

Mentioned in the 100 Best Children’s Books Ever (Novels) ― The Daily Telegraph
‘If you haven’t discovered Hiccup yet, you’re missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children’s literature’ – Julia Eccleshare, Guardian’s Children’s Books Editor
‘Cowell’s short sentences and scribbly pencil illustrations carry considerable skill and humour, advocate love, and manage to be lively and momentous.’ – Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

Authorfy are an Amazon Associate and are part of the Waterstones Affiliate Programme, so may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases if you click-through to their websites from any links on authorfy.com. This will not affect your buying experience or the cost of any products you order.

'How To Train Your Dragon' & 'The Wizards of Once' Videos & Resources

Join Authorfy

Are you new to Authorfy? Create an account in 60 seconds to gain instant, unlimited and FREE access to all of our masterclass content. Already a member of the Authorfy Army? Just sign in to access our author masterclasses.

Join Authorfy Sign In

Publishing Partners

bloomsbury logoSimon & Schuster LogoWalker LogoUsborne LogoChicken House LogoHachette ChildrensAndersen Press LogoMacmillan LogoDK LogoKnights OfNosy CrowTemplarQuarto KidsBarrington Stoke LogoEgmontFaber and FaberHarperCollinsOUPpenguinrandomhouseStripesPiccadilly Press