Bookbug Hero Award 2024

Entries are now closed

Start date: 11 October 2023, 09:00

Closing date: 21 November 2023, 17:00

Bookbug waving to the camera with an arm around Janice Middleton, Bookbug Hero Award winner 2023. Janice is holding her trophy and behind them is a loch and hills landscape

Nominations are now closed. This page is for information only.

Do you know a Bookbug Hero?

The Bookbug Hero Award is now in its fifth year and celebrates the fantastic work of those who use Bookbug to change the lives of the children, families and communities they work with.

They could be a health visitor, librarian, nursery teacher, family worker, volunteer – anyone who works with Bookbug! However, previous winners and highly commended Bookbug Heroes cannot be nominated again for the 2024 prize.

If you or someone you know is making a real difference, tell us about them in our short form below. It only takes a few minutes. All we need to know is a bit about them, and why you think they should be our Bookbug Hero 2024!

Nominations are open from Wednesday 11 October to Tuesday 21 November 2023. A shortlist of nominees will then be drawn up and final winner decided by an expert panel made up from Early Years practitioners and authors. 

Last year's Bookbug Heroes

Last year we were proud to announce our Bookbug Hero Award 2023 including winner Janice Middleton and highly commended nominees Duncan MacNeil, Aimie Neilson, Allison Keys and Audrey Conlin. 

The impact of the Bookbug Hero Award has been documented by the winner of the 2023 Award, Ian Keane who said:

'Our library service was losing the battle and losing the war on maintaining Public Services. To have a national agency declare that you and your service are doing great was a shock (a good one).

It reinvigorated the whole team, it inspired us to work harder, we nearly doubled the number of attendees in the 'Hero' year. It has recalled us to life and reminded us of our relevance and worth. The war for public service is still being fought but thanks to the Bookbug Hero Award, for a little while at least we won our battles and found new strength. It won't be long before the early Bookbug toddlers return with their children. Hopefully, if we keep winning, the Library and our team will be there to greet them.'

The Bookbug Hero award is kindly sponsored by Walker Books.

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