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Read, Write, Count

Read, Write, Count is a national campaign to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Scotland’s children.

Boy writing with a pen and paper

As part of the campaign, every child in primary 2-3 receives a free bag with books and activities to support their learning. In addition, the campaign provides advice and support for learning professionals and families via the Scottish Book Trust and Parent Club(this will open in a new window) through training events, online resources and handy tips. It is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to raise attainment for all.

Parental involvement in children’s learning is one of the best ways to improve educational outcomes for all children. Read, Write, Count aims to build parents' confidence, and encourage families to include easy and fun reading, writing and counting activities in their everyday lives.

The campaign is delivered by Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Scottish Book Trust. Visit Parent Club(this will open in a new window) to access free resources and activity ideas for families.

Find free resources and bag gifting support

Read, Write, Count bags

Through the Read, Write, Count campaign, all Primary 2 and 3 children will receive a free bag with books, counting games and writing materials. The bags are also available in Gaelic and change on a yearly basis.

Free bags of books and other learning materials have been given to children from birth to Primary 1 for a number of years through the Bookbug programme. Since 2015, these bags have had additional writing and counting materials through the Read, Write, Count campaign.


To assess the impact of the gift bags, training and resources Scottish Book Trust commissioned an independent evaluation of the 2018/19 programme taking in the views of learning professionals and parents.

Overall findings were positive and the report concludes, ‘feedback from all stakeholders this year shows that the Read, Write, Count bags are much appreciated, well used and keenly … parents and carers are inspired by the bags to be more creative, imaginative and are more confident to engage with their children in even more fun and interesting ways’.