Over 450,000 Books Gifted to Primary 1 to 3 Pupils for Book Week Scotland

Bookbug and primary school pupils with picture books
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As part of Book Week Scotland 2017, all Primary 1 to 3 children in Scotland will be given beautiful books from Scottish Book Trust. The week-long celebration, now in its sixth year, is run by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing.

In total, 453,450 free books will be gifted to children in Primaries 1, 2 and 3 during Book Week Scotland.

Scottish Book Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Creative Scotland to devise and deliver this year’s bags.

64,000 bags will be gifted to Primary 1 pupils across Scotland, plus 750 Gaelic bags, all containing three books each.

The books included in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag are shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize, which celebrates the very best of Scottish authors and illustrators. The titles are: Little Owl's Egg by Debi Gliori, The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee by Michelle Sloan, illustrated by Kasia Matyjaszek, and Gorilla Loves Vanilla by Chae Strathie, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne.

Every child is also encouraged to take part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize, sponsored by Browns Books for Students, by voting on Scottish Book Trust’s website. The winning book will be announced in an exclusive video to all registered groups on 15 January 2018.

An activity booklet full of games and fun things to do will also be included in the Primary 1 Bookbug family bag, as well as a magnetic white board and set of magnetic numbers.

Primary 2 and Primary 3 pupils will receive bags containing two books as well as counting games and writing materials to share with parents and carers. As part of Read Write Count, Scottish Book Trust will deliver 128,000 bags to all children in primaries 2 and 3 in Scotland during Book Week, as well as 1600 bags to children in Gaelic Medium Education.

Book Week Scotland, a countrywide celebration of books and reading, was initiated by the Scottish Government and is supported by funds from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Targeted Funding, and event funding from Scottish Library and Information Council.

Book Week Scotland takes place from 27 November to 3 December. Working with a wide range of partners, Scottish Book Trust will deliver a huge range of events and activities across the country during the Week, all linked to this year’s theme of Nourish.

Also for the first time, Book Week Scotland will include a Virtual Festival, a selection of online events that can be enjoyed and accessed by all via Scottish Book Trust’s web and social media channels.


Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“We’re delighted once again to gift books to primary pupils during Book Week Scotland. The bags have been developed specifically for young children, to encourage reading for pleasure, writing and becoming familiar with numbers. The Primary 1 activity pack will help pupils enjoy the stories even after the book reaches the final page, firing their imaginations and developing a love of storytelling. The counting, writing and storytelling resources in the bags will help families have fun with numbers and encourage them to create stories together.”


Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, said:

“The Scottish Government’s aspiration for our children and their families is for Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up. All of our policies for children and young people have one overall aim – to improve the outcomes for every child and young person in Scotland.

“As part of this ambition we fund Scottish Book Trust to operate the Bookbug initiative and to gift books and counting activities in early primary as part of our Read Write Count programme.

“This is because we recognise how important it is to introduce children to books as early as possible. Reading is fun for children, capturing their imagination and stimulating development. As well as fostering vital literacy and language skills, reading is a great activity for parents to share with their wee ones.”


Jenny Niven, Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing, said:

“Reading has the power to transform people’s lives, and developing the reading habit as children sets us up for a lifelong relationship with books which enhances almost every aspect of our wellbeing. As well as making an invaluable contribution to our health, both physically and mentally, reading for pleasure sparks the imagination and allows us to see the world from all kinds of other perspectives and points of view.

“The Bookbug family bag provides fun materials for parents and children to enjoy at home, and is the perfect bag of tricks to bring families together in the wintry weather. We’re enormously proud to help Scottish Book Trust to bring this fundamental resource, and these wonderful experiences, to every p1-3 pupil in the country.”




For all media enquiries please contact Press Officer Keara Donnachie on keara.donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 524 0184 / 07956 773 749.


The Bookbug P1 Family Pack

The Bookbug P1 Family Bag was produced by Scottish Book Trust in conjunction with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government as part of Read, Write, Count – a literacy and numeracy campaign aimed at children in Primary 1 to 3. Gaelic packs will again be available for P1 children in Gaelic Medium Education. These bags will be gifted alongside the English packs this autumn. To find out more about the Gaelic bag, please visit the Gaelic section of our website.


Bookbug Picture Book Prize

  • The Bookbug Picture Book Prize is managed by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland and Browns Books for Students.
  • Teachers, librarians and book group leaders sign up their groups, then the children read and vote for their favourite books. Children can also vote online at home via the Scottish Book Trust website.
  • A Shared Reading scheme, which involves older primary children reading to their younger buddies, is run in five local authorities.
  • Videos of each author/illustrator reading and talking about their book are available at http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/bpbp


Read Write Count bags

The Primary 2 and Primary 3 bags were produced by Scottish Book Trust in conjunction with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government as part of Read Write Count. 64,000 bags plus 800 bags for children in Gaelic Medium Education are distributed to each year group.

The Primary 2 bag contains two books: Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown and Quick Quack Quentin by Kes Gray and Jim Field.  It also includes finger puppets, writing materials and maths games.

In addition to writing materials, maths games and storytelling dice, the Primary 3 bag contains the books: A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting by Michelle Robinson and David Roberts and Above and Below by Patricia Hegarty and Hanako Clulow.


Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that includes:

  • Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
  • Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
  • Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
  • Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.

www.scottishbooktrust.com   @scottishbktrust   www.facebook.com/scottishbktrust

For more information about Book Week Scotland, visit www.bookweekscotland.com. Follow @BookWeekScot on Twitter, check out #BookWeekScot or ‘like’ the Book Week Scotland Facebook page.


Browns Books for Students

Browns Books for Students, sponsor of the Bookbug Picture Book Prize, supplies books, eBooks and DVDs for schools, colleges and businesses.More information on Browns Books for Students, is available at www.brownsbfs.co.uk/


Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.  Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland