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Press release: All Aboard for Bookbug Week 2022!

Families enjoy visit from Bookbug at the Riverside Museum

Bookbug and children waving from a bus.

Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, will host Bookbug Week from Monday 16 May – Sunday 22 May. This year's theme is Bookbug's Big Journey, and Bookbug jumped on a vintage bus with families at the Riverside Museum to mark the occasion. Bookbug Week will focus on all kinds of journeys, whether it's the excitement of riding on the bus or a train, strolls through the park, an adventure to outer space or even just a trip out in a buggy. Scottish Book Trust is also reminding families that wee ones love hearing stories and songs when they're out and about.

Bookbug Week is an annual celebration of Scotland's national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions. This year, Scottish Book Trust ran a competition for a new Bookbug Week illustration, and the winner was Dylan Gibson. He illustrates picture books and illustrated stories for older children and reluctant readers and has produced artwork for dozens of books and covers. Dylan will run an online event showing children how they can draw their very own Bookbug Week picture.

Award winning illustrator Nick Sharratt and author Katrina Charman will host a live online event jam-packed with rhyming fun. They will be sharing book readings of their book, Car, Car, Truck, Jeep and The Whales on the Bus, with a fun draw-along to take part in too.

Many Bookbug Sessions will return in person – check Scottish Book Trust's website to find a Session near you. The popular live Bookbug Session on Facebook(this will open in a new window) will run on Friday 20 May at 10am. Bookbug has recently launched their very own Instagram, and members of the public can join in the fun by sharing their own #BookbugWeek pictures and stories.

Families can access Bookbug's Song and Rhyme library, via Scottish Book Trust's website, or on the free Bookbug app. There are also fun activities for children available on Scottish Book Trust's Home Activities Hub. An exciting Bookbug Week competition will run across Bookbug social media from Monday 16 May, and you could be in with a chance of winning a bundle of books and some transport goodies.

Clare Haughey, Minister for Children and Young People said:

'I am very excited for Bookbug Week 2022 'Bookbug's Big Journey', knowing families will be able to enjoy sessions in libraries and community settings.

Bookbug helps to encourage an early love of books among children while also providing great opportunities for parents and their wee ones to spend time together, having fun and learning.

I am very proud that we have a universal national programme in Scotland, which supports all families to enjoy reading with their children from the earliest opportunity. As well as laying the foundations of early literacy, the Bookbug sessions help to promote positive interactions and attachment for families, which we know is key to children’s health and wellbeing in the long term.

I'm delighted that the Scottish Government are able to provide increased funding for 2022/23 of £1.7m for the continuation of the fabulous Bookbug programme.'

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

'It's wonderful to welcome families back to libraries and community groups for Bookbug Week and Bookbug Sessions. Our thanks to Dylan Gibson for designing this year's wonderful Bookbug Week illustration. We hope everyone enjoys their Bookbug Week journey, and we look forward to seeing people across Scotland joining us in person and online.'

Notes to Editors

For media enquiries please contact Keara Donnachie, PR and Marketing Manager at Scottish Book Trust, on Keara.Donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window) or 07956 773749.


Bookbug is Scotland's national book gifting programme, gifting books to every baby, toddler, 3 and 5-year-old in Scotland in four free Bookbug bags:

There are also two Bookbug books in the Scottish Government's Baby Box scheme, gifted pre-birth.

The Bookbug programme is managed by Scottish Book Trust and run in partnership with libraries, health professionals and early years settings. The programme benefits from sponsorship from children's publishers and central funding from the Scottish Government through a grant from the Children and Families Directorate.

Bookbug Sessions are run by local libraries or community groups, with training for practitioners provided by Scottish Book Trust and funded by Creative Scotland's Youth Music Initiative. These are free, fun-filled story and rhyme sessions for babies to four-year-olds, attended by thousands of parents and children a year. In normal times there are 27,000 in-person Bookbug Sessions happen across Scotland every year.

Bookbug's targeted outreach programme, Bookbug for the Home, trains Early Years practitioners to give support to families on a one-to-one basis. Bookbug for the Home practitioners work in every local authority in Scotland.

Scottish Book Trust also supports the delivery of Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Scotland (free books delivered monthly to every Looked After and adopted child aged 0-5).

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Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include:

In addition to the funding we receive from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we need the constant support of trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors.

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