Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell is the author and illustrator of bestselling series 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 11 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.

Fun facts

  • Cressida spent a great deal of time as a child on a tiny, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland.
  • As a child, Cressida was called ‘Messy Cressy’.
  • She has written twelve How to Train Your Dragon books.
  • Cressida illustrates the Hiccup books herself, but she also writes picture books that other people illustrate.
  • She would love to have met Shakespeare.
  • Toothless was inspired by Cressida’s cats, Lily and Baloo.
  • Cressida’s best friend at school was Lauren Child, who wrote the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean books.
  • She has won the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize.
  • Cressida is very proud of the How to train your dragon film trilogy and thinks the third film has an absolutely magnificent ending.
  • Cressida Cowell is currently the Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2019 – 2022) in the UK.


Reserve Cressida Cowell titles through the library catalogue and collect from your local library. If you are already a member use your existing member number. If not join online.

  • Search for Cressida Cowell titles in the library catalogue.
  • Click on an item (book, CD, DVD, magazine, audiobook etc).
  • Place a reservation with your library member number and password.
  • Select a pick up library location.
  • Click continue.
  • Item is now reserved – yay!
  • Libraries will alert you when item is ready for collection.


Listen to Cressida Cowell titles on your device.

How to search for titles in eAudiobooks:

  1. Go to the eLibrary –  eAudiobooks.
  2. Scroll down the page to the Search eAudiobooks section.
  3. Enter the title of the book and tap the search icon.
  4. When you have found the title you want to borrow “View Availability” to see if the book is available and to identify which app the eAudiobook is located in.
  5. Go to the eAudiobook app on your device or download it from your App Store (eg. BorrowBox or RBdigital), search for the item and borrow and download.

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