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Welcome to Bookbug!  Bon Accord 2016









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 Bag gifted by your health visitor when your baby is 8 weeks old.

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

Explorer Bag: 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 an  Explorer bag- please contact 

Attention Early Years Practitioners !

The Bookbug Explorer bag will be delivered to early years settings in Aberdeen City during week beginning 24 April 2017. An order form was sent to each setting by email in March. If your setting has not received the order form or has not returned the order form please contact  or  01224 652558

There will be a CPD session to support the gifting of the Explorer bag on Wednesday 03 May 2017 at Aberdeen Central Library - for more information or to sign up please contact  01224 652557

Primary 1 Family Bag : gifted to all children in Primary 1 and contains the titles shortlisted in the 3-7 category of the Scottish Children's Book Awards. The bags are gifted in school after the October holidays ( usually during Book Week Scotland which is in November) and provide a terrific opportunity to support your child's reading and have fun as a family.

Additional Support Needs
In addition to the Bookbug packs there are a number of books suitable for children with additional needs available from the Early Years Gifting Coordinator. For more information please contact

CALL Scotland have produced a pack of symbolised resources to accompany the new books in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag. The symbol resources can be used with children with Additional Support Needs and those with communication difficulties as well as children with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Find out more at  Call Scotland

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 and find  Bookbug Sessions in Aberdeen

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 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.Bookbug Sessions are fully inclusive and open to all families, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. A warm welcome awaits you! Bookbug Sessions in Aberdeen

Advance booking is required to attend Bookbug Sessions at Central Children's Library, Airyhall and Bridge of Don Libraries. Please contact the appropriate library by email or telephone to book  place or for more information. To contact any library in Aberdeen City

International Bookbug at Cults Library

Cults Library will hold a Bookbug Session with an international flavour on Monday 24 April 2017 at 2.00pm - come along and join in the fun. For more information contact  or telephone 01224 868346

Bookbug Library Challenge  

The Challenge aims to encourage children aged 0-5 to discover and enjoy their local library and all libraries in Aberdeen City are looking forward to signing up new members

To join Bookbug's Library Challenge  follow these 4 easy steps :

  • Join your local library and pick up your child's collector card - your child can join the library from birth !
  • Collect a stamp each time your child visits the library
  • Swap your fully stamped card for a beautifully illustrated certificate for your child to keep
  • Get a new collectors card and start collecting stamps for a new certificate


This month the certificate features  "Tilly's at home holiday" by Gillian Hibbs .

This charming debut story by illustrator Gillian Hibbs features Tilly who's friends are all off on holiday to exciting, exotic places. Tilly has to stay at home - how can THAT be exciting ? Find out just how much fun a staycation can be.












Remember there's lots of certificates to collect  


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