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New children’s laureate Cressida Cowell pledges to help poorest discover ‘magic of reading’ – The Times

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New children’s laureate Cressida Cowell pledges to help poorest discover ‘magic of reading’ – The Times
Cressida Cowell says that books help to bring out a child’s creative intelligenceDOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA

Cressida Cowell, the author best known for her stories about a young Viking on daunting quests, has decided to embark on a mission of her own to give the poorest children a chance to access the magic of reading.

The writer of the How to Train Your Dragon books, which have been adapted into a series of films starring Jay Baruchel and featuring Gerard Butler and David Tennant, was announced yesterday as the new children’s laureate, a national champion of children’s reading.

Cowell, 53, said in a speech at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London that she was going to campaign for a change in the law to require all schools to have libraries. She also wants children to be allowed to explore their creativity for…

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