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The Bookbug Picture Book Prize winner

We're thrilled to announce the winner of the 2021 Bookbug Picture Book Prize

This is a Dog book cover

Three titles were shortlisted for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize:

Video And the winner is...

We are delighted to announce that the winner of The Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2021 is This is a Dog by Ross Collins!

This is a Dog is a brilliantly funny story featuring an excitable (but very loveable) dog who has found his way into a 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 free copy of each of the three books on the shortlist was gifted to every Primary 1 child in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag. The winner of The Bookbug Picture Book Prize was chosen by children across Scotland, aged between three and seven years old, who voted for their favourite book through their class or at home

Schools around Scotland shared their thoughts on This is a Dog with us on Twitter using #BookbugPrize:

Established in 2010, this is the eleventh year that Bookbug bags have been 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, as well as a children’s librarian, children’s bookseller, parent and Bookbug coordinator, and experts from Scottish Book Trust.

Panel members are asked to select books that will encourage reading for pleasure for this age range. Following the face-to-face panel meeting, workshops take place in 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.