Children to be gifted books for Book Week Scotland 2017

 Over 450,000 children will receive free literature as part of Book Week Scotland later this month.

All Scottish pupils in primary 1-3, will receive a ‘Bookbug’ family bag, which will contain three books from this years shortlisted works from a selection of authors for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize.

Book Week Scotland takes place every November to celebrate of books and reading. Credit: Edinburgh Book Shop.

Kids will have the chance to vote for their favourite, with the winning title to be announced in January.

They will join hundreds of others in a variety of events set to take place across the country for a week-long celebration of the world of literature. Scottish authors, poets, storytellers join together with the public to celebrate books and reading in libraries, schools, community centres across Scotland.

The Scottish Book Trust charity, which aims to inspire people to read and write, is partnering with the Scottish government to supply the free books and additional writing materials.

Keara Donnachie from Scottish Book Trust said: “Our aim is that the country comes together to celebrate books and reading.

“Anyone, no matter their age or background can take part in Book Week Scotland.

“There are several ways to take part, attending an event, by taking part in our Virtual festival, by holding a reading lunch, by reading our Nourish stories or participating in our favourite song inspired by a book vote.”

Book Week starts 27th November. Credit: Edinburgh Book Shop.

Celebrating its sixth year, Book Week Scotland 2017 follows the theme of ‘Nourish’, alongside a national public participation campaign to get Scotland writing about what ‘Nourish’ means to them. The 32 piece collection will then be published in a novel by the Scottish Book Trust.

Book Week Scotland 2017 takes place next week between Monday 27th November and Sunday 3rd December.

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