Three titles were shortlisted for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize:
- My First Book of Birds(this will open in a new window) illustrated by Zoe Ingram
- This is a Dog(this will open in a new window) by Ross Collins
- Brenda is a Sheep(this will open in a new window) by Morag Hood
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:
P1M read "This is a Dog", the second book from our @Bookbug_SBT packs. We loved it! We decided to write an extra page for the story with our favourite animals. ðð¦ð¦ð What super writing!ð(We used Fred-Talk to help us write our animal names!ð¸) @scottishbktrust @RuthMiskinEdu pic.twitter.com/Up4hRAjgAe— Viewlands Primary (@ViewlandsPS) November 19, 2020
More fantastic Bookbug fun! @Bookbug_SBT Primary 1 created their own This is a Dog book! ð¶ âï¸ The children loved creating their own mischief for cheeky dog to get up to. Thank you @CALLScotland for your fab eye gaze resources! @BridgeofAllanPS #BookWeekScotland #fmreadchallenge pic.twitter.com/HKU46iDVR1— Mrs F (@mrssuzanneferry) November 17, 2020
We LOVED This is a Dog story from our Bookbug Bags. So much so we made our own! #BookWeekScotland #ThisisaDog pic.twitter.com/t7j68rdUwt— P1/2 & Mrs Morrison (@p12langlees) November 19, 2020
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.