Bookbug

Bookbug Sessions

We are working toward resuming a full programme of in-person Bookbug Sessions in Aberdeen City Libraries and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Please note that we will continue to use online booking in advance and ask that bookings are limited to one adult and for one individual session.

Please follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information or ask library staff.

We apologise in advance if you miss out on a space but please note that we do operate a waiting list for each session. We would ask that if you have booked a place at a Bookbug session and can no longer attend please let us know by phone, email or by cancelling online so we can offer the place to someone on the waiting list. 

Rest assured that we will have more sessions in the future and we will still be providing our online videos.

Bookbug is Scotland’s early years book sharing programme, delivered in partnership by national reading charity Scottish Book Trust, local authorities, libraries and health trusts. Bookbug encourages parents and carers to share books with their children from as early an age as possible to inspire a love of reading in every child. Aberdeen City Libraries works together with health and early years partners to deliver the Bookbug programme, which gifts four fantastic free bags of books to young children in Aberdeen:

  • Baby Bag - gifted by your health visitor before your baby is six months old.
  • Toddler Bag - gifted by your health visitor when your toddler is 13 - 15 months 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.
  • 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. In addition to the Bookbug bags, tactile books are available for children with additional support needs.

Gaelic Bookbug bags are also available for families interested in speaking or learning Gaelic. Libraries, health staff and nurseries in Aberdeen work together to try to make sure that all families receive their bag.

If you have any queries about Bookbug bags please email bookbug@aberdeencity.gov.uk or phone 01224 652558

Bookbug Sessions Online

While our events programme is restricted the Bookbug team at Aberdeen City Libraries have put together special virtual online sessions for families to enjoy.

Bookbug sessions are free, friendly and fun sessions of stories, songs and rhymes for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families and carers to enjoy together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and they have been designed to support children’s development while having fun. They take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one, meet other families and have fun together.

Bookbug sessions are fully inclusive and open to all families, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We want to make sure that Bookbug sessions in our libraries reflect our diverse community and hope parents/carers will get involved. We’d be delighted if parents/carers would like to share songs and rhymes from other countries, cultures or languages at Bookbug sessions – please speak to the person leading the session or contact bookbug@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

What parents enjoy about Bookbug sessions

Quotes from parents in Aberdeen:


'We enjoy Bookbug sessions because they are short and relaxed and I've learnt some new rhymes’ 'Staff are always friendly and accommodating.’

‘We really enjoy bookbug sessions. The atmosphere is welcoming and my granddaughter looks forward to her monthly visits.’

‘Events like this are very important for the community.’

Bookbug aims to help every child in Scotland develop a love of books and reading, Sharing books, songs and rhymes together will:

  • Develop language skills
  • Allow time for cuddling and bonding
  • Help families to relax
  • Boost children’s confidence
  • Encourage drawing and writing
  • Provide a strong start in life

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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