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Copyright and song and rhyme origins

Every reasonable effort has been made to check copyright of the songs and rhymes featured on the Bookbug app, website and within training materials. If there are any errors or omissions, Scottish Book Trust will be pleased to insert the appropriate acknowledgement in any subsequent updates of these materials.

In addition, every reasonable effort has been made to check the origins of songs and rhymes featured in the Bookbug programme for historical racist intent. Scottish Book Trust recently removed the songs Jump Jim Joe, Five Little Monkeys and Little Pebbles from its repertoire, as it was brought to our attention that these songs have a racist historical legacy. We ask all partners to ensure that these songs, or any iteration of them, are not used in their Bookbug activities. This includes using the same tune but changing the words. Racism has no place in our programme content and we take this issue very seriously indeed. We periodically review all content, and will remove anything that has a historical racist legacy as soon as we are made aware. We support #blacklivesmatter and are committed to doing more(this will open in a new window).

We recommend listening to the current version of the Bookbug Toddler CD album on the Bookbug app(this will open in a new window) or on our website.

If you have any queries about other songs please check online about their origins and if you are still unsure please choose another song from our Song and Rhyme Library or Bookbug app.