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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.
For information on Bookbug in Aberdeen contact your Early Years Book Gifting Co-ordinator at Bookbug@aberdeencity.gov.uk
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.
Find out 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.
March's book of the month is
Hugless Douglas by David Melling
Poor Douglas wakes up in desperate need of a cuddle, so he goes on a trek in search of the perfect hug. Douglas makes the rounds hugging rocks, trees and a lovely assortment of animals. But none of those hugs feel quite right. Finally, a very kind rabbit leads Douglas to the biggest and best hug of all a hug from his mum.
This delightful book by popular children's author and illustrator David Melling is one of a series of charming books about Douglas and his friends which will appeal to children and their familes which are available in your local library.
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