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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  3 years old. If your child does not attend nursery or playgroup he/she can still receive an  Explorer bag- please contact 

Primary 1 Family Bag : gifted to all children in Primary 1 and contains the titles shortlisted in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize the winner of which is chosen by children. 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 bags there are a number of books suitable for children with additional needs available from the Early Years Gifting Coordinator.
All the Bookbug bags are also  available in Gaelic - if you require a bag in Gaelic please contact the Early years Gifting Coordinator at or 01224 652558

Bookbug 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 visit the Scottish Book Trust website. and if you have any questions about Bookbug in Aberdeen contact  or  01224 652558

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, Bridge of Don  and Ferryhill Libraries. Please contact the appropriate library by email or telephone to book a place or for more information. To contact any library in Aberdeen City

Bookbug Session Mastrick Library

A new regular Bookbug Session is planned for Mastrick Library but we would need to know when this should be. Please complete the Mastrick Bookbug survey and return it to Mastrick Library by Saturday 10 June 2017. Or contact  or 01224 788558 to let them know which option you prefer.

New Bookbug Session Bridge of Don Library

Bridge of Don Library will launch a new Bookbug Session on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 2.00pm. This session will be held every 4 weeks and is in addition to the sessions held on a Thursday morning. For more information please contact or 01224 702800 

Bookbug Week in Scotland

There was lots of fun and laughter during Bookbug Week 2017. It was very relaxing at the Bookbug and baby massage session at Mastrick Library, while joining in the Hokey Cokey led by children from the Gaelic Medium nursery at the Bon Accord Centre and the 100 second giggle challenge at the Family Laughter workshop at Tillydrone Library left everyone smiling - find out more here  Bookbug Week in Scotland Family Laughter workshop













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