A POLITICIAN has visited an East Renfrewshire school to hand out free books to its pupils.

It comes after Minister for Children, Young People, and Keeping the Promise Natalie Don MSP visited Braidbar Primary School on Thursday, November 30.

During her visit, the MSP gifted youngsters with bags of books, educational games, and writing materials through the Bookbug and Read Write Court with the First Ministers programmes.

On top of that, the minister joined the pupils in the classroom, working with them on activities using the items from their bags.

Children’s Minister Natalie Don said: "Braidbar Primary School is doing incredible work to introduce children to maths through engaging counting activities.

"It has been great to see how this is being supported through our Read Write Count with the First Minister programme, which is a key part of our commitment to raise attainment.

"The programme is making a difference to the lives of children and families across Scotland by encouraging them to include fun numeracy-based activities into their everyday lives, while providing opportunities for parents to share crucial reading experiences with their wee ones."

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: ‘Gifting books to children through the Bookbug and Read Write Count programmes is always one of the highlights of our year.

"For many children in Scotland, the only books they have at home are the ones they are given by Scottish Book Trust.

"Our Bookbug and Read Write Count bags reach children from birth up to Primary 3, and we know they can make a big impact to children’s lives. 

"We’re grateful to the Minister for joining us at Braidbar Primary School as the pupils there were gifted their bags."