About Bookbug

Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust's Early Years programme, encouraging parents and children to share books and read together from birth.

There are two key elements of the Bookbug programme:


Bookbug Packs

Bookbug book packs are full of brilliant books, resources and goodies for you to share with your child.

The packs are free and you don’t have to sign up or register to receive them. Every child in Scotland from birth to P1 will receive the following packs:

Baby pack (given out by your health visitor in your baby’s first year)
Toddler pack (given out by your health visitor when your toddler is aged 1-2 years)
Pirate pack (given out at nursery when your child is aged 3 years)
P1 Family Pack (given out at school when your child is in P1)
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (a book sent monthly to every Looked After child in Scotland from birth to 5 years).

There are also Gaelic versions of the packs available.

Find out more about the Bookbug packs


Bookbug Sessions

Bookbug Sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together. Sessions take place in a variety of libraries and community centres.

Sessions are packed with songs, rhymes and stories and there’s usually no need to book. Bookbug Sessions are a great way for you to enjoy some time with your little one in a fun and relaxed environment with other parents and children.

Find out more about Bookbug Sessions



We are constantly looking for ways to improve our programme, but to do that, we need your help!  On our website, you will find some surveys inviting you to give feedback on the Bookbug programme. Everyone who completes a survey will be entered into a quarterly prize draw to win £50 worth of picture books.


Bookbug Patron

We’re very honoured that Julia Donaldson is Bookbug’s patron. Julia is the author of over 100 picture books, including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. You can find out more about Julia on her website.


Gifting Partnerships

Libraries coordinate the majority of local Bookbug programmes, host events and gift a huge number of our free packs of books to babies and children. By promoting a lifelong love of books, we hope to encourage families with young children to become library members and long-term active library users.

Health professionals are our principal gifting partners of Bookbug Baby and Bookbug Toddler packs to babies and young children. The programme complements key aspects of children's health by benefitting their development educationally, culturally, socially and emotionally.

Early Years Settings (such as nurseries) are the principal access route for children to receive their Bookbug Pirate packs and are greatly valued gifting partners.

Local Authorities support Bookbug by funding Co-ordinators and project workers, providing storage and delivery of packs and promoting the programme in their local area.


Play Talk Read

Play Talk Read is the Scottish Government's campaign to encourage families to play, talk and read with their children. The Play Talk Read DVD is featured in our baby pack. You can find out more about the campaign on the Play Talk Read website.



Bookbug is run by Scottish Book Trust and funded by The Scottish Government. Bookbug Session Training is funded by Creative Scotland. Local pack gifting and coordination of Bookbug Sessions and Bookbug’s Library Challenge are organised by local authorities via the library service or education department in conjunction with the NHS.


Get in touch

The Early Years team are on hand to help with any questions or comments you might have about the Bookbug programme. You can get in touch with us through any of the following ways:

Email: bookbug@scottishbooktrust.com 

Telephone: 0131 524 0179

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bookbug_SBT

Twitter: @Bookbug_SBT



Bookbug Launch Film

This specially commissioned video gives a full introduction to the Bookbug and the plans and principles behind the programme.

Still frame of baby and mum from Bookbug video

 Mascot Creation Film

Award-winning Scottish illustrator Debi Gliori talks about the creation of Boookbug, Scottish Book Trust's Early Years programme mascot.

 Debi Gliori in her workshop