Lichfield pupils meet How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell

Pupils at a Lichfield school have been treated to a visit by How To Drain Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell.

Ten students from Maple Hayes Dyslexia School were given the opportunity to meet with the writer at the opening of the Foyles bookshop at Birmingham’s Grand Central.

Cressida Cowell talking to Maple Hayes pupils

Cressida Cowell talking to Maple Hayes pupils

Cressida, who has just released the last book in the series, How to Fight A Dragon’s Fury, told children that reading was an “exciting quest” and also encouraged parents to make books engaging and to find 10 minutes to make a difference in their lives to help stories come alive.

“It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the children from Maple Hayes,” she said. “I loved seeing their pictures they had drawn especially for me of their own dragons and it was fantastic to see them wanting to read my books, so I want to say keep up the good work to them and I hope it has inspired them to want to keep on reading.”

The school was founded in 1982 and currently teaches 120 pupils with dyslexia from across the region.

Maple Hayes English teacher Jenny Rhodes said: “This was so important to our pupils as they do struggle with reading, so for them to meet one of their favorite authors was incredible.

“Cressida makes reading fun, which is what it is all about, and we want to thank her for being so kind in taking time out of her day to talk to us.”

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