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How we select books for the Bookbug P1 Family Bag

Learn about our process for selecting books for the Bookbug P1 Family Bag.

Child looking at the contents of the Bookbug P1 Family Bag 2023

Established in 2010, this is our thirteenth year of delivering Bookbug Bags to children across Scotland. We read all eligible titles from Scottish authors and illustrators, and do our best to ensure that there is enough variety across the three titles for every child to find a book that they love.

Every book chosen for our Bookbug P1 Family Bag has been through a robust review process, with a panel of independent experts from education settings, libraries, and Scottish Book Trust. 

The panel for this year’s books included: 

We invite publishers to submit titles for selection each autumn. Panel members read all titles and are asked to nominate the books they feel are high quality, diverse, engaging and age-appropriate. Following the face-to-face panel, a separate selection of teachers read the books in classrooms across Scotland and share their feedback to help us make the final selection.