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lib_bookbug Welcome to Bookbug!  Bookbug Week 2


Bookbug is Scotland's Early Years Book Gifting Programme, managed nationally by Scottish Book Trust and aims to encourage parents and children to share and enjoy books together.

Aberdeen City Libraries works together with health and early years partners to deliver the Bookbug Programme which gifts free book packs to children from birth to Primary One. 

Baby Pack: gifted by your health visitor when your baby is 8 weeks old.

Toddler Pack: gifted by your health visitor when your toddler is 1 year old.

Pirate Pack: gifted at nursery/playgroup when your child is aged 3 years. If your child does not attend nursery or playgroup he/she can still receive a Pirate pack - please contact 

Primary One Pack: gifted at school when your child is in primary one.

Bookbug also aims to foster a love of books through a range of fun activities, including free Bookbug Sessions and Bookbug's Library Challenge. For more information on the National Bookbug programme go to the Scottish Book Trust website.

All the Bookbug Packs are also available in Gaelic. if you require any of the Gaelic packs please contact the Early Years Gifting Coordinator.

For information on Bookbug in Aberdeen contact the  Early Years Gifting Co-ordinator at

Pirate Packs - September delivery

Playgroups and nurseries in Aberdeen City should have received an email form on which to order Pirate Packs for 3 year olds. This should be completed and returned by Wednesday 10th September 2014 to enable deliveries to take place in the week beginning 15th September 2014. If you work in an Early Years setting which has not received an order request please contact


Bookbug Sessions Bookbug Session


Bookbug Sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, and their families to enjoy together.

Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes. There is usually no need to book, they take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one.

Click here to find out more about Bookbug Sessions in your area

We look forward to seeing you !


Central Children's Library

The Bookbug Session at Central Children's Library on  12 August is fully booked. Please contact the Children's Library or telephone 01224 652546 for information on future Bookbug sessions at Central Library.


Bookbug's Library Challenge

During the summer holidays Aberdeen City Libraries will run Mythical Maze Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland for children aged 4-12. Younger children need not feel left out as Aberdeen City Libraries also runs Bookbug's Library Challenge  which is a free programme to encourage  young children from birth to discover and enjoy their local library. It is run in all libraries across  Aberdeen City and it's a fun and exciting way to give your child a love of reading for life.

It's never too early or too late to join your local library... and it's completely free! So join today and get your child collecting the Bookbug's Library Challenge certificates.

Bookbug and Techfest

During September Bookbug sessions in Aberdeen City Libraries will be run in partnership with Techfest and will have a scientific theme.  The story featured will be The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and this will also be the certificate awarded to children taking part in  Bookbug's Library Challenge.  Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has enchanted children for over 40 years. It's imaginative illustration and clever cut-out detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he munches his way through the week. A much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar not only has vivid and colourful  illustrations and a  deceptively simply, hopeful story but covers educational themes such as counting, days of the week, healthy eating and life cycles.


For more  information on inspiring an interest in science and technology visit the Techfest website



To join  Bookbug's Library Challenge follow these 5 easy steps :

  • Ask library staff to register your child as a library member (if they are not already)
  • Ask for a Bookbug's Library Challenge Collector's Card
  • Collect a stamp each time your child borrows a book
  • Exchange your fully stamped card for a beautifully illustrated certificate
  • Get a new collectors card and start collecting stamps for a new certificate

 Remember there's no limit to the number of certificates your child can collect


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