Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2019: Accessible books and symbol resources

Each year CALL Scotland provide a range of resources to help pupils with communication difficulties take part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize. Taking part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize is a great opportunity to build a love of reading from an early age.

Children of any age can take part in the reading and voting for the Prize. Primary 1 children across the country are especially lucky, as they'll receive all three shortlisted books as part of the Primary 1 Family Bag. The aim of the bag is to help parents become involved in their children's learning and build closer links between the home and school. The bags are delivered to Scottish primary schools during October, and we recommend that you gift them to pupils during Book Week Scotland (19- 25 November 2018). But before the bags go home with the pupils, you can use them in school by introducing pupils to the three shortlisted books, voting in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize and doing learning activities inspired by the book.

This year the shortlisted books inlcude: 

  • Eric Makes a Splash by Emily Mackenzie
  • I am Bat by Morag Hood
  • One Button Benny by Alan Windram, illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter

CALL Scotland

CALL Scotland are an organisation who specialise in using technology to assist those with communication difficulties. Each year they provide accessible digital versions of the shortlisted books. They also provide fantastic symbol sheets which aid discussion, reading and voting.

All three shortlisted books are available in:

  • Reader-enabled PDF
  • PowerPoint recorded narration and switch prompt versions
  • Keynote files for the iPad

Symbolised Resources

For the fifth year now, CALL Scotland has also produced symbolised resources to accompany the Bookbug Picture Book Prize shortlist.

These consist of

All are in PDF format for easy printing. There are also vocabulary sheets to accompany each symbol board. You can download these resources to use in your classroom from the Learning Resources section of our website

These resources will help children with communication difficulties, children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) and those with English as an Additional Language (EAL) to talk about each book, to participate fully in Shared Reading and to discuss which book they think should be the winner and why.

If you have access to and iPad or iPhone, you can also download the fantastic FREE communication app SoundingBoard and start using the symbol app board versions too. These can can be downloaded straight onto your iPad and are pre-recorded and ready to use.

Additional Resources

In addition, there are adapted Teaching Activities with accompanying symbol boards and vocabulary sheets to go with the Scottish Book Trust’s Teacher Pack of learning resources Additional Support Needs section.

You can see all these resources in action and get ideas on how they can be used in this video, filmed at Braidburn School in Edinburgh.


We hope that CALL Scotland’s resources will enable all children in Scotland to take part fully in this fantastic initiative from Scottish Book Trust. Happy Reading!  


Download this year's FREE resources now!

Download the previous 4 years' FREE resources

Download accessible copies of 27 previously short-listed Bookbug books

Joanna Courtney

Joanna is a specialist speech and language therapist at CALL Scotland.