YOUNGSTERS are being given the chance to turn over a new leaf after they were given free books to take home and read. Every Primary One pupil in Renfrewshire is to be presented by Renfrewshire Libraries with three books to celebrate Book Week Scotland.

And yesterday the Skoobmobile children’s library bus visited St Charles Primary, in Paisley to hand out a Bookbug Family Bag of goodies to children there.

They were given three illustrated picture books that have ben shortlisted for a Scottish Children’s Book Award – Mouse’s First Night At Moonlight School, by Simon Puttock; Never Tickle A Tiger, by Pamela Butchart and Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar, by Emily MacKenzie.

The Bookbug Family Bags also contain an activity colouring book with coloured pencils; a whiteboard, pen and eraser and a book from Road Safety Scotland, called Ziggy and Maggie Start School.

The free books and Family Bags programme are produced by the Scottish Book Trust, in conjunction with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure – which now runs arts and cultural services as well as sports and leisure centres locally – said:

“This is a great way to encourage children at an early age to experience the joy of reading.

“The Bookbug Family Bag has everything you need for a fun way to start the youngsters learning how to write and count as well as read.

“We do everything we can to help children get the best start in life and learning to love books and reading does just that.”