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Cressida Cowell: The magic of stories

Language: English
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Inspiration
Age group: 6-8, 9-11
Audience: Children

Cressida Cowell is the number one bestselling author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series. Join Cressida for an inspiring Authors Live event reflecting on the important work she has done during her time as Children's Laureate, such as the Life-Changing Libraries campaign(this link will open in a new window). This event is a fantastic way to celebrate Scotland's Year of Stories, as Cressida discusses the magic of stories, books and libraries.

If you only do one thing...

We know time is tight so here is just one activity you could do with your class before or after watching the event.

Design your own dragon (EXA 2-04, EXA 2-06) Display adjectives (e.g. lazy, brave, hungry, charming, fast) on your whiteboard and ask the pupils to pick one. Now ask them to design a dragon that fits this description. You could also have a discussion about how, despite having the same prompt, each pupil will have a different idea of what a hungry, brave or charming dragon looks like! This idea has been adapted from our How to Train Your Dragon(this link will open in a new window) learning activities resource. We also have a How to Train Your Dragon (this link will open in a new window)film resource which you can use as well.