Every Primary-1 child north of the border is to receive three free picture books for Book Week Scotland 2016.
The national celebration of reading, taking place between 21st and 27th November, will see children in the equivalent of Year 1 classes in England receive a "Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag" containing this year’s shortlisted books for the book Bookbug Picture Book Prize.
The books included are There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow), Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray (Orchard Books) and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day by Nick Sharratt (Corgi).
The Bookbug bag will also contain an activity booklet with a voting slip asking children to decide which of the three picture books is their favourite.
Marc Lambert, chief executive of Scottish Book Trust, said: “The beginning of school is the point at which books start to become associated with learning in a child’s mind. The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag has been designed to show children how pleasurable and fun reading can be. The intention is to help them to get more out of school and inspire them to seek out and devour more books.”
Hundreds of events have been organised for Book Week Scotland 2016, a government initiative supported by £200,000 from Creative Scotland, with activity in libraries funded by The Scottish Library and Information Council. Further details can be found on the website of the Scottish Book Trust, where visitors can also vote for their favourite Scottish book-to-screen adaptation and take part in a #ReadingDare as part of celebrations.