Cressida Cowell has won the coveted Ruth Rendell Award 2017 for her “tireless championing of literacy throughout the UK”.
The children’s author and illustrator was presented with the award on Tuesday evening (5th December) by John Glen MP (parliamentary under-secretary, for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and John Whittingdale MP at the All-Party Parliamentary Writers Group Winter Reception in the House of Commons.
The award, launched in memory of bestselling author Ruth Rendell in 2016 by the National Literacy Trust and Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), celebrates the author who has done the most to champion literacy throughout the UK over the past year.
Jonathan Douglas, director of the NLT, said: “Cressida lives and breathes her faith in the transformative power of books, making it both her personal and professional mission to change children’s lives through literacy. Not only have Cressida’s wonderfully written and illustrated books inspired millions of children to fall in love with reading, but her workshops and events are legendary for inspiring children to start writing stories of their own.”
He added: “Cressida’s wonderful impact on children’s literacy in the UK cannot be underestimated.”
Andy McNab the first recipient of the Ruth Rendell award last year.