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 eight weeks old.
  • Toddler Bag - gifted by your health visitor when your toddler is one year old.
  • Explorer Bag - gifted at nursery/playgroup when your child is  three years old. If your child does not attend nursery or playgroup he or 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 would like 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. If you have any questions about Bookbug in Aberdeen email  or phone 01224 652558. 

Attention all schools!

The Bookbug Primary 1 family bag has been delivered to all local authority schools in Aberdeen city, in plenty of time to be gifted to children during Book Week Scotland. The bag contains the 3 books shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize and offers terrific opportunities to support literacy, encourage family reading and develop the home/school/library partnership.

Scottish Book Trust are eager to hear how the books are gifted in your school. They are especially keen to hear about how schools have engaged parents with the P1 Family Bag, and also from any schools/libraries gifting the Gaelic P1 Family Bag and any classes and units that specialise in supporting pupils with additional needs. Schools interested in getting involved in P1 Family Bag gifting case studies should contact

Selected participants will take part in a 15-minute telephone interview in December and their school or library will receive a story tent, a reading cushion and a selection of books from Scottish Book Trust.

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.

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. Find your local library to make a booking.

Bookbug and baby massage

During Bookbug week in May we offered an extended Bookbug and baby massage session at Mastrick Library in partnership with Early Years Scotland. this proved very successful and we are delighted to offer further sessions: 

The Bookbug session will last the usual 30 minutes and will be followed by a demonstration of simple hand and foot massage lasting approximately 15 minutes.  This leaflet has information on the benefits of baby massage and some hints and tips.

Bookbug in Gaelic

The bookbug session at Bucksburn Library on Wednesday 6 December 2017 will feature songs, rhymes and a story in Gaelic. You don't have to be able to speak Gaelic to join the fun so why not come along and learn some new words! For more information email or phone 01224 710830

Bookbug library challenge  

The challenge aims to encourage children aged 0 to 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. 

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