Introducing the new Bookbug Bag books

Mum and dad sharing a book with their son
Category: Bookbug

Each year, a panel made up of families and Early Years experts from libraries, education, health, Scottish Government, foster care and third sector organisations get together to select the nine books to go into the Bookbug Bags. To celebrate the launch of the 2019-20 Bookbug Bags, here is a wee summary of the wonderful new titles available this year, and what our panel loved about each book.


Bookbug Baby Bag

(Gifted by Health Visitors in your baby’s first year) 


Spot the Dog

All About Spot

by Eric Hill               

Perfect for the very young, this easy-to-read board book in the shape of Spot will quickly become a chewable favourite.

Panel: Bright and engaging Spot was an instant favourite, all the babies loved the shape and colour and were instantly drawn to it. The most appealing element is that it’s a book disguised as a toy!

Cover of One Sleepy Night

One Sleepy Night

by Sebastien Braun

A big bear and a little bear spot all the different elements of the forest as they make their way to bed. 

Panel: this is a great calming book with gentle, simple flowing text which makes it fantastic for bedtime. 

Baby Says Peekaboo

Peekaboo Baby Says

by DK (publisher)

With big flaps and a mirror at the end this is a lovely book to engage with your baby and easy to read aloud. 

Panel: both parents and babies loved it; parents played peek-a-boo afterward and babies loved seeing themselves in the photos.



Bookbug Toddler Bag

(gifted by your Heath Visitor when your child is aged between 1 and 2)


A Mole Digging a Hole

One Mole Digging a Hole

by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt

A counting book with a difference – with a hilarious story and bright and bold illustrations this charming board book is lots of fun. 

Panel: this book has great rhyme and rhythm with lots of interaction. The pictures are quite animated so there is lots to talk about and parents liked the slightly surreal aspect.

Bunnies jumping around

Funny Bunnies Up and Down

by David Melling

A brilliant, bouncing, opposites book with a whole host of delightful funny bunnies.

Panel: we loved this lively and comical book, it reads aloud well and makes the concept of opposites fun.


Zebra getting tucked into bed

Tuck Me In

by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt

A lovely interactive book – turn the page to tuck in the baby animals and say goodnight.

Panel: this is a simple and calming book which promotes independent sleep, and the care-giving aspect encourages empathy. Children loved tucking their teddies in!



Bookbug Explorer Bag

(Gifted at nursery when your child is 3)


Cover of Car Car Truck Jeep

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep

by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt

A fantastic explosion of colour and rhyme, and chock-full of everything on wheels; Car, Car can be read or sung to the tune of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.

Panel: Blows Baa, Baa, Black Sheep right out of the water! Children and adults loved reading it again and again, and recognised the tune straight away.

Luna reading at the library

Luna Loves Library Day

by Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers

Luna loves going to the library because it's the day she gets to meet up and spend time with her dad. Full of magic and imagination, this is a lovely celebration of libraries and a great book for pre-schoolers.

Panel: We loved the book within a book element which can be read separately or used as a hook to go back and read it again. It has fantastic diversity and prompts lots of discussion around families and coming from different places.

Cover of Look and Say in Town

Look and Say What You See in the Town

by Sebastien Braun

From fruit and vegetables at the market to flowers and birds in the snowy garden, this look-and-say book for little ones is a great way to start learning about nature around the town.

Panel: We loved the helpful prompts for parents and being able to spot things in a familiar setting. It can be read multiple times while promoting curiosity at the same time.



Find out more about what’s in each of the Bookbug Bags, as well as information about how to get one. 

Please note: these are the 2019-20 bags. Some local authorities will still be distributing 2018-19 bags, which contain different books. All Bookbug Bags contain high-quality, age-appropriate books and resources for families to enjoy.