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Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell, Foyles Literacy Ambassador

 

Dragons! That is the first thing that springs to mind when we think of Cressida Cowell author of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon series. Scaling new heights in children’s literature, these books have fired the imaginations of millions of children across the globe, and many a dragon too. We are delighted to have Cressida as our first Literacy Ambassador, in association with the National Literacy Trust.

 

It's easy as a bookseller to take reading for granted. When you're surrounded by the latest big releases, always searching for new hidden gems, and looking back at centuries of classics, it's easy to forget that not everyone finds reading (or writing) straightforward and enjoyable. Research from the National Literacy Trust counts one person in six in the UK as living with poor literacy: that might mean struggling to keep up at school, feeling inadequate and getting lower grades and, as you get older, finding it hard to get a job and struggling in the workplace. Then, not being able to help your own child with their reading and writing, passing those limitations—and the worry and stresses that go with them—to the next generation. We asked ourselves, what can we do about it?

The Foyles Literacy Ambassador

We're incredibly excited—and more than a little bit proud—to announce the Foyles Literacy Ambassador scheme, in association with the National Literacy Trust. A two-year tenure headed by an advocate of literacy to help promote and improve reading and writing, and a passion for literature in all its forms.

And when we thought about who should be the first of our Ambassadors, it didn't take us long to come up with a name: Cressida Cowell. In her two-year tenure, Cowell will take part in a series of children’s events at Foyles branches in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Chelmsford. She will also deliver the inaugural Foyles and National Literacy Trust lecture in spring 2018. There will also be a series of videos giving tips for parents, monthly book recommendations and much more...

 

Explore Cressida's books:

Coming Soon | How to Train Your Dragon | Emily Brown 

 

A message from Cressida:

‘I’m delighted to be partnering both with Foyles and the National Literacy Trust for this two-year Ambassadorship. I’ve been lucky enough to celebrate the opening of several Foyles shops, and what they do brilliantly is make children’s books spaces look and feel exciting – they’re inviting places for kids to find their next adventure. Check back here, or join the Foyles newsletter to get more details about our plans: we’re going to be launching a writing competition, I’m going to be recommending my favourite books, and giving regular reading, writing and drawing tips. I’m also going to be doing some events with Foyles, too. I want to inspire kids today to read with the same excitement and wonder that I did when I was a child. I also want to celebrate the quality and variety of books available for children: we should be proud of the UK talent on today’s bookshelves.

 

I’ve been an Ambassador for the NLT for over a decade, and I’m especially thrilled to be collaborating with them even more closely. Please see here for more information on their incredibly valuable work, and how vital it is – for all of us - to encourage children to read for pleasure.’

 

Cressida's Picks

 

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd

I loved reading the Hairy Maclary series with my children and this is a glorious book to read aloud, with wonderful rhythm and lovely  illustrations.  In this book, Hairy Maclary meets Hercules Morse, as big as a horse, Schnitzel von Krumm, with a very low tum…and Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town…
 

 

 

 

 

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking was so strong she could lift a horse above her head. She had independent means, no visible parents, the cheek of several Peter Pans and her very own monkey. I longed to be her when I was a child, and she’s a magnificent girl hero.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

This book was a Christmas tradition when my children were young. It was always so exciting to read and re-read the letters on each page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One by Sarah CrossanOne by Sarah Crossan

A compelling story, stunningly written. Sarah Crossan is a huge talent UK YA talent, whose books are deservedly award-winning.

Her books are a great example of how you don't need to dumb down to be accessible - her poetic style means there isn't a wall of text that's off-putting to less confident readers, but each word is perfectly-chosen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Little FingersTen Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

A wonderful rhythmic board book that features babies of all backgrounds; I read this to all three of my children.

Cuddle up with your baby whilst you read and let them chew the book if they want to! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom GatesTom Gates by Liz Pichon

My son loves Tom Gates. The style of illustration is friendly and accessible, and the whole series is very funny.

Great for both confident and reluctant readers without talking down to them.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Titles

The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic: Book 2
(Hardback)
Cressida Cowell
 
No.1 Bestselling Series from the Blue Peter Award winning author of How To Train Your Dragon. Enter a land of wizards, warriors, mythical creatures and powerful magic in an exciting...
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The Wizards of Once: Book 1
(Paperback)
Cressida Cowell
 
From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series - set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites.
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The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily
(Paperback)
Cressida Cowell; Mark Nicholas
 
A lyrical new text from the bestselling author of the How To Train Your Dragon series, Cressida Cowell, with striking illustrations from a talented, debut artist, Mark Nicholas.
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How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon: Book 1
(Paperback)
Cressida Cowell
 
The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: How To Be A...
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Cressida Cowell
 
The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Haddock Horrendous the Third - the smallish Viking with the longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How To Speak Dragonese: Book 3
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Cressida Cowell
 
The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: How To ...
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The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: How to ...
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The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: A Hero's...
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Cressida Cowell
 
The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: How to Ride...
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Cressida Cowell
 
The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: How to ...
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Cressida Cowell
 
The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: How to ...
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Cressida Cowell
 
The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: How to ...
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The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: How to...
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The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: How to ...
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The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling...
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How to Train Your Dragon: Incomplete...
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Cressida Cowell
 
How to Train Your Dragon's Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third tells us everything you need to know about dragons...
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How to be a Viking
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Cressida Cowell
 
A rejacket of this classic picture book that was the inspiration for Cressida Cowell's bestselling HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON fiction series.
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Emily Brown

That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown
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Cressida Cowell; Neal Layton
 
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Emily Brown and the Thing
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Cressida Cowell; Neal Layton
 
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Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency
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Cressida Cowell; Neal Layton
 
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Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown
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Cressida Cowell; Neal Layton
 
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Cressida CowellCressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages; it is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. Her next book series, The Wizards of Once, is published in September 2017.

 

Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency and a founding patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes for her books, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize and Philosophy Now magazine's 2015 'Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity'. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.

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