The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

Cressida Cowell

cressidaCressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. She was convinced that there were dragons living on this island, and has been fascinated by dragons ever since. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin's and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton.

Cressida has written and illustrated eleven books in the popular ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series, which is published in over 30 languages.  ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ is now a major DreamWorks Animation feature film series: the first film received both Oscar and BAFTA nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score, and a sequel is scheduled for release in 2014. A television series, ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk’, launched on the Cartoon Network in 2012 and is now playing on CBBC.

Also the author of the ‘Emily Brown’ picture books, Cressida won the Nestle Children's Book Prize in 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others. She is an Ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency.


I am delighted to be joining the Children’s Media Foundation as a Founder Patron.

The U.K. exports more books than any other country in the world, and our media and creative industries truly excel on a world stage.

However in order to maintain the quality and variety of media available to children, and the health and vitality of these industries, which provide jobs and livelihoods for a great number of people in this country, we cannot solely rely on the vagaries of market forces.

High quality media for children from all socio-economic backgrounds needs to be fought for, championed and energetically promoted. 

It also needs to be scrutinised, because these media have great power, and with great power, as the saying goes, comes great responsibility.  I am a passionate believer in the importance of research and debate as the bedrock for a campaigning body. 

Children are the future of our industry, as consumers and also as creators.  The Children’s Media Foundation is campaigning for the best possible future, and I could not be happier to join that campaign.

Cressida Cowell, November 2013