The Bookbug Programme supports every child to develop a love of books and reading by providing free Bookbug Bags to every family in Scotland, ensuring all families have books in the home. Bookbug uses stories, songs and rhymes to encourage attachment and build family relationships, as well as supporting children’s development and pre-literacy skills. In addition to the Bookbug Bags, the programme runs Bookbug Sessions – free library sessions of songs, stories and nursery rhymes for babies, young children and their families – in every region in Scotland. Scottish Book Trust runs extensive training to support the delivery of the Bookbug programme and encourage professionals from a broad range of backgrounds (health, libraries, education, social work and charities) to incorporate book sharing and singing into their practice.
Bookbug for the Home trains early years practitioners give targeted support to families on a 1 to 1 basis. Since 2012, Bookbug for the Home has helped over 14,000 vulnerable families, encouraging parents to do more talking, book sharing and singing with their children.
The Bookbug Picture Book Prize supports Scottish children’s authors and illustrators and is voted for by the children themselves.
Bookbug is funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland.
This project is run by Scottish Book Trust (Scotland)