Ending on a high note

Category: Bookbug

I woke up singing this morning. Singing before my morning coffee is usually strictly prohibited. But as I was getting ready for another Monday morning, I couldn’t help but reflect on the last workday before the weekend. The day ended, as all good workdays do, on a singing note. As a result, I had two songs stuck in my head. The first was Julia Donaldson’s song of A Squash and a Squeeze. The second was a song Julia Donaldson wrote to promote the borrowing of books after a Bookbug Session.

Friday March 10th was Bookbug’s Annual Conference. Over 100 delegates attended. Our guest speakers were enlightening and inspiring. The overall themes of the day went beyond the importance of the early years to remind us of the importance of reaching out to all families – especially families who may not immediately engage with our service. It isn’t easy, but it’s a struggle worth persevering through.  We need to meet families where they’re comfortable and shape our services to meet individual needs. But it’s not just about providing a service; it’s about making all families feel valued, important and confident. Again, it’s not easy, but a struggle worth persevering through.

Julia Donaldson spoke about the importance of finding a book you love. She shared some of her favourite classic picture books as well as some newer books. Her talk was lively – with some of the audience invited on stage to dramatise stories and poems. Julia reminded us of the importance of experiencing stories in different forms. Adding music and drama to a book can change the experience of reading it and help children gain a deeper understanding of the story. And while that may be true, the most important thing to remember is that adding music and drama to a story can make it even more fun. If that’s not a reason to do it, I don’t know what is.

Stories and songs connect people. And the close of the conference brought together all of the delegates singing a song about borrowing books from your local library. The conference ended on a high note (pardon the pun).

Book Box, by Julia Donaldson

Let’s have a look inside the book box,

the book box, the book box.

Let’s find a book inside the book box.

What will the first book be?


Tracy*  are you ready?

One two three.

Tracy  take a book out.

What can you see?


Tracy’s found a book about a monkey*,

a monkey, a monkey.

If you like the book about the monkey,

Borrow the book for free.


Take another look inside the book box,

the book box, the book box.

Find another book inside the book box.

What will the next book be?



*Change depending on name of child (or adult) and on subject of book.