13th November 2019 — Part of the hugely successful Chorleywood LitFest, which The Beacon proudly sponsors, the afternoon with Cressida Cowell was a complete sell-out. Avid young readers, clutching copies of Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times, Cressida’s third book in her new best-selling series, came to hear Cressida enthral them with stories of the inspiration behind her stories and incredible illustrations.
Cressida, who was appointed as the Children’s Laureate in July, seized the opportunity to encourage her young fans and their families to always read for pleasure. “Tell the adults in your life to read to you way beyond the age when you can read to yourself,” urges Cressida. “Just 10 minutes a day can make so much difference. If you’re reading a book with your parents and it makes your mum laugh or your dad cry, that sends an incredibly important message. Books have that power.”
One of Cressida’s biggest fans, Year 3 Beacon boy Eesa, enthused: “I have read six of the How to Train Your Dragon books, so it was really exciting to meet Cressida. She has inspired me to be an author.”
“Author visits are a great way of inspiring children to read,” agreed The Beacon's Librarian Katie Turrell. “However, Cressida’s visit seemed to work on so many levels as the adults in the room were as engaged and enthusiastic as their children.”
After her passionate and engaging talk, Cressida spent a long time with each child, signing their books, chatting to them about their own aspirations and having photos taken. It was an afternoon her young fans will remember for a long time.