Bookbug Primary 1 Bag

We are delighted to announce that this November Bookbug is once again gifting every Primary 1 pupil in Scotland a free bag of books and resources to inspire a lifelong love of reading, writing and counting.

If you are a parent and would like to know more about the Bookbug Bags, please click here.

What’s in the bag, and how can you use it in class?

This year’s bag includes:

Eric Makes a Splash cover


I Am Bat cover
One Button Benny cover

Eric Makes a Splash

by Emily MacKenzie


I Am Bat

by Morag Hood


One Button Benny

by Alan Windram

illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter


Two Hoots Books

 Little Door Books
  • An activity book and colouring pencils with fun ways to enjoy reading, writing and counting together
  • A magnetic whiteboard and a set of magnetic numbers and a pen
  • We hope that schools will take part in the voting for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize, but if a school chooses not to, P1 children can fill in a voting slip at the back of their activity book at home with their parents and post it to us for free.

A P1 Teacher Pack will soon be delivered to all primary schools and libraries. This includes the three picture books, information about how to take part in The Bookbug Picture Book Prize, CfE linked activities for using the books in class and as well as a letter to take home to parents  about the P1 Bag.

These resources are all available online. 

How to get the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bags for your pupils

The bags should be delivered to your school from around the middle of October to the start of November. Each local authority has a named contact responsible for delivering the bags to schools. If you need more bags or have not received your delivery by 5 November please get in touch with your local contact. 

Click here to find your local contact.

Using the P1 Bags to connect libraries, schools and families 

The P1 bag can be a great way to build relationships between librarians, teachers, parents and children.  For instance, schools can visit their local library and hold a gifting event there, inviting parents along to discover the three books with their children. Read this fantastic case study for a great example of schools, libraries and parents coming together. There’s also a special library game in the Activity Booklet to encourage P1 children and their families or schools to visit their local library.

FREE CLPL Sessions 

We are holding six free CLPL sessions for P1 teachers, school literacy co-ordinators, and library staff to support the gifting of the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag in the following locations during September and October 2018:

  • Arbroath
  • Glenrothes
  • Edinburgh
  • Elgin
  • Glasgow
  • Kilmarnock

Click here to sign up or and for more information including venue details, email or call 0131 541 2342 if you have any problems signing up. 

Accessibile versions of the P1 Bag books

Scottish Book Trust is delighted to be working again with CALL Scotland, which will provide accessible symbol sheets for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2019 shortlist. The sheets will soon be available for download here.

Gaelic bags

Gaelic Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bags are also available for P1 children in Gaelic Medium Education. The Gaelic P1 Family Bag includes Gaelic editions of the three books shortlisted for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize and a dual-language Gaelic/English Activity Booklet developed with support from the Gaelic Books Council. Audio versions of the Gaelic books are available to listen to on the Gaelic4Parents website. These bags will be given out alongside the bags in English. 

There is also a new Gaelic P1 Teacher Pack which will be sent out to all GME schools. If you have not received yours, you can download the Gaelic P1 Teacher letter here.

Book Week Scotland

These books are being gifted in celebration of Book Week Scotland, 19-25 November 2018. Check out the website for more information about how you can get involved. 

Read, Write, Count

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag is produced as part of the Scottish Government’s Read, Write, Count campaign, and is a great way to build relationships between families, schools and libraries and support home and school learning.

The bags include additional writing and counting activities to reflect the aims of the Scottish Government’s Read, Write, Count campaign for P1 – P3. This makes the Bookbug P1 Bag an important bridge into the Read, Write, Count campaign, which extends to the end of Primary 3. To find out more visit, follow on Twitter or like on Facebook for daily ideas, helpful videos and fun!

Thank you!

Thank you very much for your part in gifting the Primary 1 Family Bag to every P1 child in Scotland. If you have any questions or feedback we would love to hear from you. Contact us on 0131 524 0179 or

We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government Creating Positive Futures Division for the continued funding of the Bookbug programme.

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