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The Bookbug Picture Book Prize Shortlist

Explore the shortlist for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2021

We're thrilled to announce the shortlist for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2021.

This wonderful selection of picture books will be gifted to each Primary 1 pupil in Scotland - look out for them in this year's Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag.

Established in 2010, this is the eleventh year of Bookbug bags being distributed to children across Scotland. The selection of books is a year-long and robust process with an independent panel of experts shortlisting books for each of the Bookbug bags. For the P1 bag, the panel is made of up primary 1 teachers with extensive experience of working with this age group, a children’s librarian, children’s bookseller, parent and Bookbug coordinator, as well as experts from Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years team.

Panel members are asked to select books that will provide reading for pleasure while also being suitable for the age range.  Following the face to face panel, workshops take place in school classrooms across Scotland. This gives more primary 1 teachers and lots of children the opportunity to share valuable feedback on four shortlisted books to determine the final selection. Bookbug bags are then distributed through schools during Book Week Scotland in November. We do our best to ensure there is enough variety across the three shortlisted titles ​for every child to find a story they can engage with, have fun reading and enjoy.

Read about each of the books below, find out more about the prize, and don’t forget to submit the results of your vote by 9am on Monday 8 February 2021.

Brenda is a Sheep by Morag Hood

Brenda says she is a sheep, but why does she look so different from her fluffy friends?

This book is a story about how friendship helps us empathise and be kind to one another. With her sharp pointy teeth and cool grey fur, Brenda is the snazziest sheep around. But she’s also very hungry and doesn't much like the taste of grass… so she begins plotting the most delicious feast of all. But perhaps Brenda will realise she has more in common with her new friends than she first thought.

A brilliant twist on the classic wolf-in-sheep's-clothing fable from the award-winning Morag Hood.

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This is a Dog by Ross Collins

Uh-oh! An excitable (but very loveable) dog has found his way into this First Animals book and he will NOT let any of the other animals take their turn. Dogs are far more important, after all! And when the other animals get angry, this dog comes up with a very cunning plan to outwit them...

A funny family story to share at bedtime (or any time!) from the bestselling creator of There’s a Bear on my Chair.

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My First Book of Birds illustrated by Zoë Ingram

This beautifully illustrated spotter's guide is an ideal introduction to garden birds. Illustrated in a bright, contemporary style, this modern guide to the most common garden birds is packed with information and fun facts – everything you need to know to help you learn about and identify birds. With key facts about size, habitat, diet and population, there are detailed descriptions of each bird and tips to help you spot them in your own park or garden.

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