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About The Bookbug Picture Book Prize

The Bookbug Picture Book Prize celebrates Scottish picture books and encourages reading for pleasure.

Every year, The Bookbug Picture Book Prize celebrates the best new Scottish picture books, and the winner of the prize is chosen by children across Scotland. All Primary 1 pupils receive the three shortlisted books in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag, given out in November, and can vote for their favourite in school or at home with their families.

Every book chosen for our Bookbug P1 Family Bag has been through a robust selection process with an independent panel of experts from education, libraries, and Scottish Book Trust, as well as a broad range of families. The books are tested in the classroom, the library and at home. We do our best to ensure there is enough variety across the three shortlisted titles ​for every child to find a story that they can engage with and enjoy.

Lots of schools register to vote as a class (or even a whole school!), or you can vote from home on behalf of the children in your family. Children don’t have to be in P1 to vote – we encourage children of all ages to get involved! The only rule is you must read or listen to all three books to cast a vote.

Children can take part either by reading the books themselves, or watching the videos of the shortlisted titles on our website. Then, they can pick their favourite and vote!

To help you make the most of taking part in the prize, we have provided a variety of resources, videos and fun activities(this will open in a new window) related to the books on the shortlist. If you are taking part in the prize as a school or library group, download our learning activities which are full of ideas you can do in the classroom or library. We also have some fantastic videos with activity suggestions that are perfect for home learning.

We also work with CALL Scotland(this will open in a new window) to produce symbol resources and digital versions of all the shortlisted books.

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