Our July Book of the Month is...

Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon is Hay Festival Book of the Month for July, continuing the Festival's campaign to celebrate and ignite conversation around current and backlist books that have contemporary resonance.

The first title in the blockbuster book series of the same name, How to Train Your Dragon introduces us to Hiccup, who must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be banished from the tribe forever. But what if Hiccup's dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has no teeth? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk... Can Hiccup save the tribe - and become a Hero?

First published in 2003, How to Train Your Dragon has today sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC.

"If you haven’t discovered the crazy but awesome series of How to Train your Dragon you are missing out on one of the most greatest inventions of modern children’s literature" - The Guardian.

Hay Festival’s Book of the Month is selected by the festival team in Hay-on-Wye, based on public recommendations, and aims to revisit and re-celebrate great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that reach through time to touch the present.

Titles are sold in the UK through the festival’s online shop, as well as being available in all good libraries and bookshops, with a digital festival of promotion online, including curated streams on the festival’s Hay Player archive.

Find out more about Hay Festival’s Book of the Month here or explore #HayBookOfTheMonth on social.