Cressida Cowell: New Children's Laureate wants to 'take on TV'
Cressida Cowell, who has been named as the new Children's Laureate, is ready to do battle to encourage children to love books.
"The telly is glorious but that's the competition," said The How To Train Your Dragon author following her appointment on Tuesday.
Cowell is the 11th person to take on the role aimed at inspiring children to read and write more.
She succeeds Lauren Child and will hold the laureate title for two years.
"Books and reading are magic and this magic must be available to absolutely everyone," said Cowell.
"I'm honoured to be chosen... I will be a laureate who fights for books and children's interests with passion, conviction and action.
"Practical magic, empathy and creative intelligence, is the plan."
Cowell said she had a "to-do list" with a 10-point plan but there were two things on her list that were "most urgent".