Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag

We are delighted to announce that Bookbug will once again be gifting a Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag to every Primary 1 child in Scotland during Book Week Scotland 2015. This Bookbug P1 Family Bag is produced by Scottish Book Trust and enhanced by a partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government as part of Read, Write, Count, a new literacy and numeracy campaign aimed at children in P1 to P3.

This Bookbug Bag will help to create a lasting link between reading at school and at home. Your child is learning to engage with a whole new world of stories and you too can open up an exciting world of reading at home by sharing the books in the Bag together. Our new partnership with the Read, Write, Count campaign also provides some writing and counting ideas. 

This Bag allows your child to take part in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards by voting for their favourite book from the Bag, encouraging their love of reading by celebrating their choices.

Teachers and librarians, please click here for more information.

How do I get my Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag?

All schools are encouraged to give out the P1 Bag to children during Book Week Scotland, 23-29 November, although this may vary.

We hope your child’s school will be in contact with you about the P1 Bag, but if you have yet to hear anything by Book Week Scotland, please contact your child’s school for more information.

What does the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag include?

This year’s Bag includes:

Three brilliant picture books – All shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016: 

Mouse's First Night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock. Illustrated by Ali Pye.

Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart. Illustrated by Marc Boutavent.

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie.

An activity booklet – filled with games and activities for you and your child to enjoy together.

A whiteboard, eraser and pen and a pack of Bookbug colouring pencils – to use with the activity book and other activities at home.

Voting Slip – A voting slip for your child to pick and vote for their favourite book. 

Ziggy and Maggie Start School – A book from Road Safety Scotland introducing important road safety skills to P1 children.

Get involved with the Scottish Children's Book Awards 

We want all P1 children to read the three shortlisted books in their Bag and then vote for their favourite. Your child's school or local library will hopefully be taking part in this year's awards, but if they're not, you can still submit your child's vote for their favourite book by sending back the freepost voting slip in your child's Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag to us.

There’s also lots more information about the Scottish Children’s Book Awards on our website, including videos of the authors reading their books to help you share and enjoy the books with your child.


Scottish Book Trust is delighted to be working again with CALL Scotland who can provide accessible digital and audio versions of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist. For more information, visit their website here

Gaelic Bags

Gaelic Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bags are also available for P1 children in Gaelic Medium Education. These bags will be given out alongside the bags in English. Click here to find out more about Gaelic Bookbug Bags.

Visit Your Local Library

All over the country libraries will be taking part in Book Week Scotland, so why not pop along to your local library and get involved in the celebrations? There’s also a special activity in the P1 Bag Activity Booklet all about libraries. If you or your child is not already a library member this is the perfect time to join, as they have a great range of books to borrow for free. 

Book Week Scotland

These books are being gifted in celebration of Book Week Scotland. Have a look at the website to find out how you can get involved with the week-long celebrations. 

Read, Write, Count

The P1 bags have been enhanced with additional writing and counting activities to reflect the aims of the Scottish Government’s Read, Write, Count campaign for P1 – P3. This enhanced Bookbug P1 bag is an important bridge into the Read, Write, Count campaign which will extend right up to the end of Primary 3. To find more about Read, Write, Count go to:

You can also follow Read, Write Count on Twitter or like them on Facebook, to get access to daily ideas, helpful videos and random bits of fun!



Let Us Know What You Think 

We would like to hear what you think about the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag. Your comments and opinions will help plan future projects so thank you very much in advance. Please email and let us know what you thought about the Bag. 

If you have any questions about the P1 Bag, please contact us at


Bookbug and Scottish Book Trust are delighted to be working in partnership with Road Safety Scotland, Education Scotland and Read, Write, Count.

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Main photo by Rob McDougall