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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

CLPL  Bookbug Primary 1 family bag ** Venue Change**

A CLPL session to support the gifting of the bag suitable for school based staff will be held on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at Seaton Primary School beginning at 4.30pm. For more information and to register Bookbug Primary1 Family bag

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 and TechfestTechfest logo

Once again Aberdeen City Libraries  will deliver Bookbug Sessions during  September  in partnership with Techfest. To link to the theme of history, heritage and archaeology the featured story at sessions in September will be "10 Terrible Dinosaurs" by Paul Strickland. Dinosaur themed songs and rhymes will encourage little ones and their parents/carers to explore science and technology. Find  fun dinosaur related activities and colouring in to do at home. 

Help us improve

We'd love to know what you think of the Bookbug sessions in Aberdeen City Libraries and how we can make them better so we will ask for feedback at sessions in Airyhall, Children's, Cults, Dyce, Torry, Tillydrone and Ferryhill libraries during September. If you attend the Bookbug Session at any of these libraries please complete the survey and return to the library by Friday October 06 2017

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.  Taking part is easy and fun.

  • Join your local library - your child can join from birth
  • Choose some stories to share
  • Ask for a Bookbug Library  Challenge card and collect 2 stickers each time you visit
  • Make 3 visits  to swap your fully stamped card for a beautifully illustrated certificate for your child to keep

This month to link to Techfest and the theme of history, heritage and archaeology we're exploring dinosaur stories so the certificate to collect features an illustration from "Tiny dinosaurs" by Joel Stewart. Follow intrepid explorer Daisy who uncovers a tiny T- rex and friends in the undergrowth of her back gardenTiny dinosaurs  !