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About the Bookbug Bags

Every child in Scotland receives four free Bookbug Bags between birth and age five to help them develop an early love of stories, songs and rhymes

What is book bag gifting?

Through our Bookbug and Read, Write, Count programmes, we gift free children's book bags and learning materials to children in Scotland from birth to Primary 3. Watch the short video below to find out more.


What's in the Bookbug bags and where can I get them?

Each bag contains books and fun age-appropriate resources. Bags are free and available to every child in Scotland. You do not need to sign up for anything to receive them. Find out more about the different children's book bags and resources, and how to get them, in the links below. All the bags are fully recyclable and will be collected by councils if placed in your household recycling bin or public recycling facility.

Please note that older versions of the bags are still in circulation while stocks last, so you may not receive the most recent bag.

Looking for the 2023 Bookbug Bags?

In Primary 2 and 3, children continue to receive free book bags through our Read, Write, Count programme.

Please note: Bags are not suitable for babies or young children to use unattended.

How we choose the books for the bags

Why do we give Bookbug Bags?

We want to support families to read, sing, and play with their little ones to give them the best start in life. Sharing stories, songs and rhymes with babies and young children has many benefits including supporting children's development, language and social skills. Cuddling up with a book is a lovely way for families to spend time together, develop their relationships and most importantly, have fun!

Information on bag gifting

Are you involved in gifting the Bookbug Bags? Find information on how to get more bags, tips and advice to pass onto families for the Baby and Toddler Bags, Explorer Bags or Primary 1 Family Bags.