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Book Bug Launch

lib_bookbug Welcome to Bookbug! 

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 Bookbug 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.

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

  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 there! 


Bookbug's Library Challenge


Bookbug's Library Challenge is a free programme that encourages young children from birth to discover and enjoy their local library. It is run in all libraries across Scotland including those in 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.

This year there are new, beautifully illustrated certificates for children to collect. Each month we will feature a book from the certificates as our book and certificate of the month. 

April's book of the month is

Flying like Flittermouse by Jan Fearnley  Flying like Flittermouse


Etsuko the hamster is dazzled by a mysterious stranger who flies into Bottlenose Bay one day. She longs to fly just like Flittermouse and won't be put off when her friends tell her hamsters can't fly.


This is a  charming story for young children  about following your dreams. With a lot of determination and help from  friends challenges can be overcome.



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 certifcates your child can collect


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