Great Gifting Ideas for the Bookbug P1 Family Bag

Every year, Scottish Book Trust sends the Bookbug P1 Family Bag to every Primary 1 child in Scotland. Each pack includes the three picture books which have been shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize. This year the shortlisted titles are Eric Makes a Splash by Emily Mackenzie, One Button Benny by Alan Windram and I am Bat by Morag Hood. Here teachers from three schools who took part last year tell us about how they made gifting the packs a special occasion. We hope their ideas and activities give you inspiration to run your own gifting event during Book Week Scotland.

Nicola Prentice from St Cuthbert’s Primary School
Teacher and pupil colour in together

After staff attended a Bookbug Bag CLPL training course last year, we decided to organise a gifting event for pupils and parents in Primary 1 during Book Week Scotland. Pupils created and decorated their own invites for parents and carers, or they invited an older sibling or their Primary 7 buddy. At the celebration event, pupils could enjoy lots of activities relating to the books. There was a story corner for parents and pupils to snuggle down in with a story, and a polling station where pupils could vote for their favourite book.We contacted the local ice-cream parlour and even managed to arrange free vanilla ice cream for pupils and parents - just like the ice cream parlour in Gorilla Loves Vanilla! This made the event really exciting and extra special for the Primary 1 pupils. 

We contacted the local ice-cream parlour and gave out free vanilla ice cream to pupils and parents

Little girl writes on a checklist
On the day of the Bookbug Picture Book Prize winner announcement, pupils were very excited. Despite being sometime after the original gifting event, the momentum had continued. Staff said: “this experience has a positive impact on children’s engagement with reading and parental engagement in learning.”


Susan Milne from Heriot Primary School

We shared the P1 Family Bags by arranging a gifting event in the school during Book Week Scotland. We invited a Librarian from our local library who read all three books aloud before they were handed out to pupils and parents. The school has 47 Primary 1 children and they loved having a visitor in the school to read the books to them. 

In the week leading up to the gifting event, the school ran a competition to see if the children could take photos of themselves reading out and about in unusual places. Books were read in a whole host of amazing locations, like the local sports ground and at a play park!


Jay Smith from Williamsburgh Primary School

Pupil and adult with Bookbug bag
During Book Week Scotland, the Primary 1 classes read and discussed the Family Bag books together, and took part in lots of different activities inspired by the books. Pupils drew pictures of bonny babies and created a “Bonniest Baby in Williamsburgh” gallery outside the classrooms, inspired by The Bonniest Baby in Dundee. Activities like this one really helped bring the stories to life.


On the Friday of Book Week Scotland, the librarian from Paisley Central Library (our link library) came in to read the books to the pupils. The librarian then gifted the bags, which was a surprise to the pupils, who were delighted

Class being read to
to be able to get their own copy of the books they’d loved reading throughout the week. After lunch, we invited parents and carers into the classrooms for “A Book, A Biscuit and A Boogie” to see the work their children had been doing with the books. Stations were set up in the classes for parents/carers to complete some of the activities, allowing them to see different ways of exploring books with their children.





Book Week Scotland takes place from 19- 25 November 2018. It is a great time to gift the Bookbug Primary 1 Family bags and create a celebration around reading and writing. For more ideas on gifting the Primary 1 Family bags, explore our Bookbug Picture Book Prize blogs series. Or find your local free CLPL session and book to get great ideas and inspiration from our Bookbug team.