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Bookbug's Library Challenge

Bookbug's Library Challenge is a free and fun way to encourage children to enjoy their local library. The challenge runs in libraries across Scotland and your child will have the chance to collect beautifully illustrated certificates when they borrow books.

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Libraries have a range of great children's books you can borrow for free and your baby or toddler is never too young to join.

Sign up for Bookbug's free and fun Library Challenge - it's an easy way to enjoy books!

Taking part

Top tips to get started

1. Children can start from any age

It’s never too early to encourage your child to use your local library. Let them take their time looking at the books and enjoy the experience - don’t be afraid of making too much mess or noise!

2. Make it part of your routine

Make a trip to the library part of your routine if you can. It will help your child feel at home there and they’ll look forward to picking out new books.

3. Talk to the library staff

Library staff are happy to help - ask for book recommendations and information about special events such as Bookbug Sessions.

4. Make it fun!

Once you’ve started borrowing books and collecting your certificates, you could set little challenges to help make regular library visits even more fun. Try leaving post-it note reviews in books you enjoyed or finding the biggest book in the library.

5. Use our book lists for inspiration

If you're not sure what to borrow next, we’ve got lots of brilliant book lists available on our website to help. If certain books aren’t available, most libraries can order a copy from another branch, so you’ll never run out of reading material.