Scottish Book Trust will give away half a million books to pupils in Primary 1-3 as part of Book Week Scotland, which is taking place this week (19th-25th November).
Children in Primary 1 will receive the books shortlisted for this year’s Bookbug Picture Book Prize - Eric Makes a Splash by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury), One Button Benny by Alan Windram, illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter (Little Door Books) and I am Bat by Morag Hood (Two Hoots Books) – as well as an activity book, colouring pencils, a white board and a set of magnetic numbers.
Children in Primary 2 and 3 will be given ‘Read, Write, Count’ bags with titles such as A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Robertson (Hodder Children’s Books) and the Children’s Picture Atlas (Collins). They will also get storytelling cards and dice, number games and a guide to help parents incorporate reading, writing and counting activities into family life.
Marc Lambert, c.e.o. of Scottish Book Trust, said: “During Book Week Scotland, almost half a million books are gifted to children in Scotland. As the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, we are incredibly delighted and proud to facilitate this. Book Week Scotland is the perfect time to develop a love of reading with your child: sharing a story together is one of the most powerful ways to bond. There are also many Bookbug events taking place during Book Week Scotland, and we hope families will be able to visit, even if it’s their first time attending a session.”
Scottish Book Trust is giving away 458,450 free books in total thanks to help from the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Creative Scotland.