Scottish Book Trust celebrates Book Week Scotland by giving pack of books to every Primary 1 child in the country

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Pack
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For the first time, every Primary 1 pupil in Scotland will be given their very own Bookbug Primary 1 Family Pack, to help create a lasting link between school and home, and emphasise the importance of both in supporting a child’s reading.

The 60,000 packs will include three picture books by leading authors in Scotland – The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell, Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson and Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner.

The books will be gifted in a canvas bag which will also contain an activity pack developed with input from Education Scotland, to be used at school and at home. Also included is a newly commissioned resource on the Scots Language sponsored by Education Scotland. Further supporting material, including video of the authors, will also be available online.

The books comprise the shortlist for the Bookbug Readers category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. Families are being encouraged to share and read the books together and vote for their favourite through their schools, establishing a clear link between reading at school and in the home.

An online resource pack for schools has been developed by Scottish Book Trust to support teachers using the pack and celebrating Book Week Scotland in the classroom.

The Primary 1 Family Pack has been created in partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government Early Years Team and will be distributed across schools in October.


Anna Gibbons Early Years (Bookbug) Programme Manager, Scottish Book Trust, said: 

“We’re very proud to give the Bookbug Primary 1 family pack to Scotland’s 60,000 five-year-olds. We very much hope the packs provide a link between the classroom, home and local libraries, helping parents and carers to support children as they begin to learn to read at school. Most importantly though these are 3 great books for parents and children to enjoy sharing together. Best of all children have the added excitement of voting for their favourite book.” 

Notes to Editors:

  • Author images are available
  • Book Week Scotland will be delivered on behalf of Creative Scotland by Scottish Book Trust, the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. It develops innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read and write, supports professional writers with a range of projects including skills development and awards, funds a variety of literature events and promotes Scottish writing to millions of people worldwide.
  • The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 is spotlighting, celebrating and promoting Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage, and positioning Scotland as one of the world’s most creative nations to audiences at home and across the world. Through a dynamic year-long programme of activity we are celebrating our world-class events, festivals, artistic and cultural heritage. Visit for more information. 
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Pauline Kelly