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FT.com / World / UK

FT piece on the opening of Seven Stories...

Britain's only centre wholly dedicated to the celebration of children's books was opened yesterday by Jacqueline Wilson, the children's laureate, and her principal illustrator Nick Sharratt.

The enthusiasm and support generated among writers, illustrators and publishers for the ?6.5m project is indicative of the rising status over the last decade of children's literature.
Victor Watson, chairman of Seven Stories trustees, says the shift in attitude towards a former Cinderella of the literary establishment is partly due to the increasing popularity with children and adults of "crossover" work by authors such as JK Rowling and Philip Pullman.
Mr Watson, editor of the Cambridge Guide to Children's Books, says few people, except children, were interested in children's books 20 years ago. "Now they have high status," he says.

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