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About Bookbug

Bookbug is Scotland’s universal early years book gifting programme and aims to inspire a love of stories, songs and rhymes from birth.

Sharing stories, songs and rhymes with babies and young children has many benefits including supporting children’s language, learning and social skills. It’s fun, free and simple, and the benefits will last their lifetime.

The Bookbug Bags and Bookbug Sessions support families to do more of these activities, which help build bonds and develop relationships and most importantly, are fun.

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About Bookbug

Bookbug gives every child in Scotland four free bags of books as babies, toddlers, three and five year olds. The bags contain books and other resources for sharing songs and rhymes that are suited to their age. Gaelic Bookbug Bags are also available. For children with additional support needs, Bookbug offers tactile books in addition to the Bookbug Bags.

Bookbug Bags are supported by free Bookbug Sessions, where mums, dads and carers can enjoy sharing stories, songs and rhymes with their little ones. Bookbug Sessions take place in libraries and community venues across Scotland.

Bookbug also provides a range of funded training opportunities for people working or volunteering in the early years, as well as free learning resources to support sharing stories, songs and rhymes with young children.

Our funders and partners

Bookbug is funded by the Scottish Government’s Improving Health and Wellbeing Division and by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative. Bookbug also works in partnership with local authorities and NHS Health Scotland to deliver local Bookbug activities.

Bookbug works in partnership with CALL Scotland to provide accessible versions of the Bookbug Explorer and P1 Bags. Scottish Book Trust also partners with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide books for all looked after and adopted children in Scotland from birth to five with funding from the Scottish Government.

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