Why Bookbug sessions are free

There cannot be a fee, including an entrance fee to a special event, or even a donation request, for a Bookbug Session.

Family watching an author event

We are sometimes asked if Bookbug Sessions can be included as part of a special event or playgroup where families need to pay an entrance fee or a donation. Paying any amount, no matter how small, would go against our value of being a universal programme, and mean that some families would not be able to take part. There cannot be a fee, including an entrance fee to a special event, or even a donation request, for a Bookbug Session.

We know that budgets are not only tight for local authorities, but also for families too. Around 1 in 4 children in Scotland are living in poverty(this will open in a new window), and the number is rising. Poverty not only impacts on children’s rights, but also damages their prospects for the future. Sharing stories, song and rhymes with babies and young children can play a significant role in reducing the negative effects of growing up in poverty. Free local Bookbug Sessions in every local authority are a brilliant way to help support families.

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