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 2018:
Little Owl's Egg cover
Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee cover
Gorilla Loves Vanilla cover

Little Owl's Egg

by Debi Gliori

illustrated by Alison Brown

The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee

by Michelle Sloan

illustrated by Kasia Matyjaszek

Gorilla Loves Vanilla

by Chae Strathie

illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne


Picture Kelpies



  • 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.

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 middle of October to the middle of November. 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 seven local authorities

This year we offered seven local authorities free CLPL sessions for P1 teachers, school literacy co-ordinators, and library staff to support the gifting of the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag.

These sessions took place in October 2017 in the following local authorities:

  • Aberdeenshire
  • Dundee
  • East Renfrewshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • Western Isles

You can read more about these sessions by clicking here.

If you couldn't make it along to a CLPL session, you can view an edited video version on youtube, filmed in Stornoway by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Multimedia Unit.


Book Week Scotland

These books are being gifted in celebration of Book Week Scotland, 27 November - 3 December 2017. 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 2018 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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