The Bookbug Picture Book Prize

From Scottish Book Trust

Resource type: Book awards

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1

Region(s): Scotland

The Bookbug Picture Book Prize is an annual award that celebrates the best new picture books by authors and illustrators based in Scotland.

A shortlist of three titles is selected by an independent panel of educators, librarians, parents and book experts but the winner is chosen by young children across Scotland.

Every child in Primary 1 in Scotland receives a free copy of each of the three shortlisted titles as part of the Bookbug P1 Family Bag gifting programme and can then vote for their favourite book through their school or with their family.

See the winner of The Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2023 here.


  • Registration to take part in voting opens with the announcement of the shortlist in September.
  • Voting closes at the end of January.
  • The winner is announced in March.

Cost: Free.

About The Bookbug Picture Book Prize: The Bookbug Picture Book Prize was established in 2010 and is administered by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland. It is designed to encourage children and their families to read for pleasure.

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