As part of Book Week Scotland 2015, the Scottish Book Trust will gift three free picture books to every primary one child in Scotland.
The national celebration of reading taking place between November 23 to 29 and will see pupils receive a Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag.
The bag will contain books such as ‘Never Tickle a Tiger’ by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Marc Boutavant, ‘Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School’ by Simon Puttock and illustrated by Ali Pye and ‘Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar’ by Emily MacKenzie, all by Scottish authors or illustrators.
The bags will also include resources such as an activity book, pencils, whiteboard and pens, to help support learning at home.
These resources contain additional counting and writing ideas for parents and children to explore together, developed through the partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Read Write Count campaign.
The bag will also contain Ziggy and Maggie Start School, a children’s book about road safety created in partnership with Road Safety Scotland.
Marc Lambert, director of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Primary One is a crucial point in every child’s learning journey, and it is the perfect point at which to begin a lifelong love affair with books. The Bookbug Family Bag has been designed to help teachers, librarians and parents show children how much enjoyment can be derived from books and the possibilities that lie between the pages.
‘‘This association of books with fun will in turn lead to a more positive educational experience, inspiring children to seek out and devour more books. The bag is also intended to create a lasting link between reading at school and at home.’’
For more information about Book Week Scotland 2015, visit Book Week Scotland, where you can find information about all the events taking place in your local area.