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What's inside the 2020 Bookbug bags?

We're so excited to share the wonderful Bookbug Bag books that will be making their way to babies, toddlers and 3-year-olds across Scotland this year.

Language: English
Audience: Baby, Families, 3-5, Toddler
Topics: Bookbug Bags

Last updated: 25 November 2020

Each year, a panel made up of families and Early Years experts from libraries, education, health, Scottish Government and third sector organisations get together to select the nine books that go into the Bookbug Bags. To celebrate the launch of the 2020-21 Bookbug Bags, we have put together a wee summary of all the amazing books available and some of the additional goodies available, such as experience cards, chunky crayons and a height chart.

We are also excited to announce that this year's Bookbug Bags have been developed with eco-friendliness in mind, and every one of them is made out of recycled plastic bottles.

Bookbug Baby Bag

Gifted by your health visitor when your baby is 3-5 weeks.

Look out for My Bookbug Song and Rhyme Book which is full of well-known songs and rhymes to enjoy together, experience cards to mark little occasions such as playing peekaboo, going to your first Bookbug Session or reading a bedtime story. There are also three lovely board books to share with your little one:

What a Wonderful World (Tim Hopgood)

A beautifully illustrated version of the famous Louis Armstrong song - little ones will love having the book sung or read to them, and it is a perfect celebration of a new person in the world.

This Bonny Baby (Michelle Sloan and Kasia Matyjaszek)

This bonny baby likes to get muddy at the park, and this bonny baby likes to eat like no one is watching! What does your bonny baby like to do? Can they spot themselves in the mirror at the end?

Snap! Snap! Guess the Animal! (Cocoretto)

This bright and durable board book is full of fantastic animal sounds - can your little one roar like a leopard or squawk like a parrot? Lift the flap to find out who is making all that noise!

Bookbug Toddler Bag

Gifted by your health visitor when your child is 13-15 months.

Toddlers will receive a new Bookbug finger puppet, a beautiful height chart illustrated by Nick Sharratt, some chunky crayons for mark making and a bright white pad of paper. Last but not least, the Bookbug Toddler Bag includes two fantastic picture books and one durable board book:

My Little World - Tall and Short (Jonathan Litton and Fhiona Galloway)

Sweet and friendly illustrations make this book a great introduction to opposites. With a simple rhyme throughout, little ones will soon be able to join in and spot all the different animals.

Everybunny Dance! (Ellie Sandall)

Can you move to the beat like the bunnies in the book? Twist and twirl, wiggle and whirl and even shake your tail! But uh-oh! Is that a fox watching? Run bunnies, run! With artwork full of warmth, and bouncy rhyming text, this is a fantastic interactive book for you and your toddler to enjoy together.

Happy To Be Me (Emma Dodd)

This uplifting book is bursting with colour. It's a great celebration of being little and the endless possibilities of extended play – with friends, family and even a few favourite animals! The simple rhyme makes it easy to read aloud, and is perfect for encouraging little ones to join in too.

Bookbug Explorer Bag

Gifted at childcare settings when your child is 3.

This year's Bookbug Explorer Bag includes a pack of bright colouring pencils, an activity book full of fun activities and space to draw, four postcards, and of course three brilliant picture books:

The Same But Different Too (Karl Newson and Kate Hindley)

This is an opposites book with a difference - can you climb as high as a koala or drink tea like an anteater? All the distinct qualities that make us human are celebrated in this funny and charming picture book. Hindley’s stylish design makes for beautiful pages of illustration that are brimming with detail, and Newson’s simple rhyming text is a joy to read.

The Cow Who Fell to Earth (Nadia Shireen)

When a little cow catapults from the sky into a field of sheep, a whole lot of calamity ensues. The sheep can’t work out what she’s saying and even the cows can’t understand her! Will she ever be able to get back home? A lovely, funny story about friendship and helping those in need, with bright comic book-style illustrations to engage your little explorer.

The Lion Inside (Rachel Bright and Jim Field)

A timid mouse would love to be as brave as a lion and have his mighty roar, but is the lion really as brave as everyone thinks? In this delightful retelling of The Lion and The Mouse fable, Rachel Bright weaves a classic tale of adventure and bravery, with lots to talk about around feelings and emotions. Little ones will love the bright illustrations and spotting all their favourite safari creatures.   

Please note: these are the 2020-21 bags. Some local authorities will still be distributing 2019-20 bags, which contain different books and content. All Bookbug Bags contain high quality, age-appropriate books and resources for families to enjoy.