Bookbird bookplate by Sarah Garland

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Bookplate by Jane Ray

Lots of lovely Black & White Book Plates ...

Catherine Tammaro's colourful bookplate

... and full--colour bookplates, too!

Lewis Jaffe's meerkat bookplate

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UCLan Gives

The first thought about any bookplate is often that it's being used to keep our personal library intact. "This book belongs to..." is, after all, halfway to saying, "Make sure you give it back."

But the University of Central Lancashire has just run a wonderful new project as part of 'Literature Live', a programme designed to show the continuing importance and relevance of literature to modern life and careers. (Learn more about Literature Live here).

UCLan Gives was a project run by Dr Helen Day, Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, and her students. It was inspired by the brilliant and diverse range of bookplates on offer here on the Home Library website, and her students' growing awareness of the increasing numbers of children who do not have ready access to books and the world of reading.

The students picked a range of absorbing books to be given to children who are in hospital for long periods of time. A long list was compiled. The students then considered the books by genres, interest age, ability level and general overall appeal, before deciding on titles to recommend.

To make the project even more distinctive, students of illustration at the University created their own designs of bookplates, while short descriptions of titles and authors were displayed on market place-style stalls around the university. Lecturers and students were encouraged to donate and sponsor books in order that as many children as possible could be given one. And each gift was, of course, made even more special by being marked by one of the lovely new book plates.

As a final touch, it was the 'Literature Live' students who went into hospital to hand over the books personally, and enjoy shared reading sessions with the children.

We are delighted to applaud this generous and imaginative project, and showcase these new bookplates by the talented UCLAN students on our site.