Scottish Book Trust has revealed the books that will be included in the new eco-friendly 2020/21 Bookbug Bags.
The bags, made from recycled plastic bottles, will contain three books, with editions available both in English and Gaelic, and additional materials that will be gifted to children aged 0-5.
The Baby Pack, for infants three to five weeks old, will include What a Wonderful World (OUP) by Tim Hopgood, What's That Noise? Snap! Snap! (Child's Play) by Cocoretto and This Bonny Baby (Floris) by Kasia Matyjaszek and Michelle Sloan.
The Toddler Bag, for toddlers 13 to 15 months old, will include Tall and Short (Little Tiger) by Fhiona Galloway and Jonathan Litton, Everybunny Dance! (Hodder Children's Books) by Ellie Sandall and Happy to Be Me (Orchard Books) by Emily Dodd.
The Explorer bag, for three-year-old children, will include The Lion Inside (Orchard Books) by Jim Field and Rachel Bright, The Cow Who Fell to Earth (Jonathan Cape) by Nadia Shireen and The Same But Different Too (Nosy Crow) by Karl Newson and Kate Hindley. The contents of the Bookbag Primary 1 Family Bag will be announced at a later time.
Scottish Book Trust c.e.o Mark Lambert said: "This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Bookbug programme, which has gifted over seven million free books since its inception. Every child, toddler and three-year-old in Scotland will receive a bag of books and activities, handpicked by our panel consisting of Early Years experts. At Scottish Book Trust, we believe it's never too early to start reading to your little one: not only to improve literacy, but also to help bonding between families."
Maree Todd, the minister for childcare and early years, added: "Reading captures the imagination and stimulates a child’s development. It is also a great activity for parents to share with their little ones. We recognise how important it is to introduce babies and children to books as early as possible and encourage parents to play a part in their child’s learning from the start.
"I hope our Bookbug bags will spark a lifelong love and appreciation of books and storytelling for those receiving them. The Bookbug bags are a vital resource for children and families in Scotland that can help to close the attainment gap in both literacy and numeracy between young people from different backgrounds."