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Bookplates

Beautiful book covers are everywhere - especially in the children's market - but personalised books are a thing of the distant past. That could change with the launch this week of a series of Bookplates, inspired by Children's Laureate Anne Fine. As part of a Home Library project to encourage young readers to create their own collections of books, she has persuaded 21 children's illustrators to produce one-off designs that children can use to customise their books.

The 52 illustrations from such names as Raymond Briggs, Korky Paul, Posy Simmonds and Quentin Blake cross the age range from toddlers to teenagers.

Although each design is unique, every illustration carries the phrase: "This book belongs in the home library ofI ", to encourage children's sense of pride in their collections.

Bookplates can be downloaded from the website at www.myhomelibrary.org. Children can also pick up free bookplates when they buy second-hand books from Oxfam shops.

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