Scottish Book Trust to give free picture books to every Primary 1 child in Scotland

As part of Book Week Scotland 2016, the national celebration of reading taking place between 21 and 27 November, Scottish Book Trust will gift three free picture books to every Primary 1 child in Scotland.

The books, all by Scottish authors or illustrators, will be gifted in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag and children will receive this year’s shortlisted books for the book Bookbug Picture Book Prize.  The titles include: There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins, Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day by Nick Sharratt.

Also included in the Bookbug bag will be an activity booklet full of games and fun things to do, along with a voting slip to enable children to declare which of the three picture books is their favourite.

Marc Lambert, Chief Executive of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“The beginning of school is the point at which books start to become associated with learning in a child’s mind. The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag has been designed to show children how pleasurable and fun reading can be. The intention is to help them to get more out of school and inspire them to seek out and devour more books.”

For more information about Book Week Scotland 2016, visit, where you can find information about all the events taking place in your local area, vote for your favourite Scottish book to screen adaptation, take part in a #ReadingDare and discover a whole host of resources and ideas to help you celebrate and share whatever it is you love to read.

Initiated by the Scottish Government and supported, along with a Readers in Residence programme in libraries, by £200,000 from Creative Scotland, Book Week Scotland will be delivered by Scottish Book Trust. Book Week Scotland in libraries is funded by The Scottish Library and Information Council.