Bookbug's Library Challenge

Bookbug's Library Challenge is a free and fun way to encourage children from birth to discover and enjoy their local library. The challenge runs in libraries across Scotland and your child will have the chance to collect beautifully illustrated certificates.

Libraries have a range of great children's books you can borrow for free and your baby or toddler is never too young to join. 

Sign up for Bookbug's free and fun Library Challenge - it's an easy way to enjoy books! 

Get involved in 4 simple steps

  • Join your local library and pick up your child's Collector's Card
  • Collect a stamp each time your child borrows books
  • When your card is full, swap it for a certificate for your child to keep
  • Start collecting stamps on a new card! There are lots of certificates to collect. 

5 Top Tips

1. Children can start from any age

It’s never too early to encourage your child to use your local library. Allow them to take their time looking at the books and enjoy the experience - don’t be afraid of making too much mess or noise! If you start early, libraries will become a very comfortable and happy place for your child to be. 

2. Make it part of your routine

If you can - making a trip to the library part of your weekly or fortnightly routine will let children see it as normal practice and they’ll look forward to picking out new books.

3. Engage with the library staff

Library staff are happy to help - ask for book recommendations and information about special events such as Bookbug Sessions where you can meet other families and enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. 

4. Make it fun!

Once you’ve started borrowing books and collecting your certificates, you could set little challenges to help make regular library visits even more fun e.g. leaving post-it note reviews in books you enjoyed or finding the biggest book in the library.

5. Use our book lists for inspiration

If you're not sure what to borrow next, we’ve got lots of brilliant book lists available on our website to help. If certain books aren’t available, most libraries can order a copy from another branch, so you’ll never run out of reading material. 


There are 6 new beautifully illustrated certificates to collect