Gifting the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bags

Everything P1 teachers need to know about the P1 Bags and making their gifting event special.

Each November Bookbug gives every Primary 1 pupil in Scotland a free bag of books and resources to inspire a lifelong love of reading, writing and counting. The P1 Bags contain the three shortlisted titles for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize. Children across Scotland can vote for their favourite, with the winner announced in January 2020. Gifting P1 Bags in a special way builds the excitement for pupils and is a great way to build on your home and school partnership work.

Gaelic versions(this will open in a new window) of the P1 Bags are also available for children in Gaelic Medium Education or families interested in Gaelic and should be gifted alongside the English bags.

For children with additional support needs, CALL Scotland(this will open in a new window) provide symbol resources and digital versions of all the books in the P1 Bag.

When to gift the bags

The bags will be delivered to schools in October or early November. If you have not received your bags by 4 November 2019 or have any issues with delivery please contact your local P1 Bag co-ordinator.

Gifting the bags during Book Week Scotland(this will open in a new window) is a great way to make it part of your school’s reading culture. Work with your colleagues gifting the Read, Write, Count(this will open in a new window) P2 and P3 bags too for a fantastic reading celebration across P1–P3!

Ideas for using the bags and gifting celebrations

Share the books in class before sending them home! Try our CfE linked activities for your class and don’t forget to register and submit your pupils’ votes for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize.

Invite parents along to a gifting event at school or your local library and ask them to explore the bags with their children. If this is not possible, let them know that you will be sending home the P1 Bags and how they can enjoy them with their children.

Watch films of authors reading their own stories here for a different way of sharing the books.

Funded P1 Bag CLPL

For more practical and fun ideas for gifting the bags, linking them to your attainment work and home school partnership activities, come to one of our funded CLPL courses(this will open in a new window) running in September and October, or join our P1 CLPL webinar on 26 September.