Bookbug Primary 1 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 this autumn. This Bookbug Bag has been produced in partnership 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, and will help to create a lasting link between reading at school and at home.

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

About the bag

The Primary 1 Family bag aims to help teachers, librarians and parents get children excited about reading, writing and counting, while creating closer links between school and home learning. Teachers are encouraged to share the three books in class before gifting the bags. Children can then share the books with their family and explore the activities at home and in their local library.


What’s in the bag, and what can I do with it?

This year’s bag includes:

  • Three brilliant picture books all shortlisted for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2017:
There's a Bear on My Chair cover
Hare and Tortoise cover
Shark in the Park cover

There’s a Bear on my Chair

by Ross Collins

Hare and Tortoise

by Alison Murray

Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!

by Nick Sharratt

Nosy Crow

Orchard Books

 Picture Corgi


  • An activity booklet for the home with fun ways for P1 children and their families to enjoy reading, writing and counting together.
  • Colouring pencils to use with the activity booklet, or on their own
  • A magnetic whiteboard with a set of magnetic numbers, and a whiteboard pen.
  • A voting slip. 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 this voting slip at home with their parents and post it to us.

All primary schools and libraries will receive a P1 Party Pack. This includes the three picture books, as well as a letter to send home to parents and more information about teaching resources that accompany the Primary 1 Family 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 around the beginning of October. Each local authority has a named contact responsible for gifting the bags to schools.

Click here to find your local contact.


How libraries, schools and families can connect through the bag

We want the bag to be a tool for librarians, teachers, parents and children to communicate with each other.

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.

To encourage P1 children and parents to visit their local library, we’ve included a special library game in the Activity Booklet. You can download this game, as well as all the other resources for the P1 Family Bag here.


Free CLPL sessions in ten local authorities

We offered free CLPL sessions for P1 teachers, school literacy co-ordinators, and library staff to support the gifting of the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag.

The training covered:

These sessions took place in the following ten local authorities during September and October 2016; Aberdeenshire; Dumfries & Galloway; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; Fife; Highland; Midlothian; Orkney; Renfrewshire; West Dunbartonshire.

If you were unable to attend these CLPL events and have a GLOW login you can see a shortened version of our training session streaming online - GLOW.


Book Week Scotland

These books are being gifted in celebration of Book Week Scotland, 21-27 November 2016. Check out the website for more information about how you can get involved. 


Read, Write, Count

The P1 Bags include additional writing and counting activities to reflect the aims of the Scottish Government’s Read, Write, Count campaign for P1 – P3. This means that the Bookbug P1 Bag is now an important bridge into the Read, Write, Count campaign, which will extend right up to the end of Primary 3. To find out 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!



Scottish Book Trust is delighted to be working again with CALL Scotland, which will provide accessible symbol sheets for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2017 shortlist. The sheets will 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 nominated for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize and a new 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. 


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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