Bookbug November Roundup: Our top news picks

P1 Pack launch at Dalry Primary - photo by Rob McDougall
Category: Bookbug

Want to find out what's been happening in the world of Bookbug and beyond? We've helpfully rounded up a summary of our top news picks from November to share with you.

Enter our Book of the Month Competition

Our November Book of the Month is Katie Morag’s Island Stories by Mairi Hedderwick. These lovely stories have charmed children and families for years. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, head over to our Book of Month page and answer the simple question. The competition closes on Saturday 30 November. Good luck!

Catch up on our latest blogs

Put the kettle on and enjoy one of our latest blog posts. If you’re looking for a new book to share at bedtime, why not try a wordless picture book? Our Senior Early Years Trainer Tracy Lowe provides five top tips for sharing them with your little ones. 

And if you’re looking for something to make you smile, take a look at our latest picture blog. We love receiving pictures of Bookbug Sessions happening all over Scotland, and it looks like Bookbug joined in with the Halloween fun in Orkney and Arygyll and Bute!

Discover your next read from our new book lists

We’ve got some fantastic new book lists for you to get inspired by. If Tracy’s blog has encouraged you to try a wordless picture book, take at a look at our top 12 worldless picture books for 0-2.

Elsewhere, our Scottish-themed lists are sure to delight, including Fairy Folk (3-7) and Coos, Cats and Nessie (3-7).

Celebrate Book Week Scotland 2013

All week we’ve been celebrating Book Week Scotland, with over 500 brilliant events taking place cross Scotland. You've still got time to join in the fun- why not go along to an event in your area or head over to twitter and join in with our book giveaway

Watch Authors Live with Mairi Hedderwick

Mairi Hedderwick brought her most famous character, Katie Morag to Authors Live. Evoking the spirits of island life, Mairi will be telling her favourite Katie Morag stories, giving you an exclusive insight into what it is like to see Katie Morag being brought to life for CBeebies and telling you how the landscape and your surroundings can inspire what to write and draw.  The event will be available to watch again soon!

You can also catch up on previous Authors Live events on our website.

Find out more about our P1 Family Pack

During Book Week Scotland, every child in P1 will receive a Bookbug P1 Family Pack. The pack contains the three Bookbug shortlisted titles for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. You can find out more about the pack here.

Elsewhere in the book world...

Jessica Ahlberg, daughter of famous illustrating duo Janet and Allan Ahlberg, picks her top ten family picture books on the Guardian website, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. 

We love these charming illustrations from the 1948 children’s book The Little Golden Book of Words. The illustrations cover popular children’s books topics such as numbers, people, animals and seasons.

The Kate Greenaway Medal honours distinguished illustration in a book for children. The longlist for the 2014 awards has recently been announced, and it’s full of brilliant reads for you to enjoy. However, we’re not about to suggest you try and read the whole lot before the awards ceremony next June...

The Book Trust recently launched a poll to find the nation’s favourite children’s book, and the results are out! Perhaps unsurprisingly, J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has topped the list, but there’s a lovely mixture of classics for all ages.

The most recent Mumsnet picture book of the month is The Book of Bedtime Stories, chosen by Michael Rosen. Find out more about this collection of wonderful stories on the Mumsnet website.

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