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Bookbug Session Leader Training

Find course details, information on application dates and how to apply below.

Bookbug Session Leader training is for those who plan to deliver Bookbug Sessions (free song, rhyme and book sessions) in libraries or other community venues with groups of children (0-5 years) with their mums, dads or carers. Our interactive training is a balance of practical exercises and researched-based theory about book sharing, music and child development.

Although delegates will participate in songs and rhymes in the group, delegates will not be asked to sing on their own.

Please note: if you are working to support individual families, Bookbug for the Home training might be more relevant to you.

If you have already attended Bookbug Session Leader training, and are looking for a refresher, please register for Bookbug Session Leader Refresher training.

Course details

The course offers a range of online or in-person learning opportunities for delegates to:


Funded at no cost for participants



Our interactive online trainer-led sessions combine theory and practical work. This course takes 11 hours, comprised of:


Our lively in-person training is a hands-on, all-day session covering theory and practice. This course takes 9 hours, comprised of:

Eligibility and how to apply

Due to high demand, places on Bookbug Session Leader training are awarded through an application process. Applicants must:

The application should only be completed by the prospective delegate. If you are awarded a place on a training course, this is not transferable to another member of staff - it is for the named person only.

What are we looking for in your application?

Your application will be judged on:

Upcoming training dates

Applications are now closed. We will be notifying everyone on or before Monday 15 April about the outcome of their application.

In-person Bookbug Session Leader training sessions

Online Bookbug Session Leader training sessions


Claiming a place

If your application is successful, you will receive an email offering you a place on a particular training date. You must accept by registering on Eventbrite within two weeks of receiving your offer.

Places on our training are not transferable - they are for the named applicant only. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted once all the places have been filled.

Accessing online training sessions

Technical requirements

What to expect

If you have any questions or you need additional support with the application process, please contact the Bookbug team at bookbugtraining@scottishbooktrust.com(this link will open in a new window) or 0131 524 0179.