Cressida Cowell is the author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2019-2021).
How to Train Your Dragon is also an Academy Award nominated film and TV franchise. Cressida is a trustee of World Book Day, a patron of Read for Good, and an ambassador for the N.L.T. and the Woodland Trust. She has won the Ruth Rendell Award for championing literacy and the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction. She is an honorary fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Brighton.