Introducing Our New Bookbug Bags and Books!

Bookbug and New Bags
Category: Bookbug

Each year, a panel made up of families and Early Years experts from libraries, education, health, Scottish Government, foster care and third sector organisations get together to select the nine books to go into the Bookbug Bags. To celebrate the launch of the 2018-19 Bookbug Bags, here is a wee summary of the wonderful new titles available this year, and what our panel loved about each book.

Bookbug Baby Bag

(Gifted by Health Visitors in your baby’s first year) 

Cover of Black and White: Faces

Baby’s Very First Black and White Book: Faces

by Stella Baggott

Your wee one will love the images, and the black and white makes it easy for them to focus.

Panel: We loved the high-contrast black and white images, and that it also encourages sharing and physical contact.

Cover of If You're Happy

If You’re Happy and You Know It

by Child's Play and Annie Kubler

A great introduction to a well known rhyme with easy to follow actions.

Panel: We liked the colourful, illustrated actions and minimal text, and enjoyed being able to read or sing the words.

Cover of Peekaboo Jungle

Peekaboo! in the Jungle

by Child's Play and Cocoretto

Who’s hiding in the jungle? Can you find your favourite jungle animal?

Panel: We really enjoyed the lovely bright colours, full page flaps for little hands, and that it encourages parents to play peekaboo with their child.


Bookbug Toddler Bag

(gifted by your Heath Visitor when your child is aged between 1 and 2)

Cover of Flip and Find Farmers

Flip and Find: Farmers

by Samantha Meredith

There is so much to discover about life on the farm with this sturdy board book with flaps.            

Panel: We felt this book had clear illustrations, easy to follow rhyming text, and amazing detail on each page for inquisitive toddlers to spot.

Cover of Maisies Bus

Maisy’s Bus

by Lucy Cousins

This loveable little mouse goes on a journey to pick up her friends – where are they going and who will she meet along the way?

Panel: Maisy’s Bus was chosen for its bright and charming illustrations and simple yet engaging story.

How to Bath Dinosaur Cover

How to Bathe Your Little Dinosaur

by Jane Clarke and Georgie Birkett

A lovely calming book for bath time to help your little one get into a routine.

Panel: This book was chosen because of its sweet rhyming story and friendly illustrations, and we loved that it makes bath time fun!


Bookbug Explorer Bag

(Gifted at nursery when your child is 3)

Penguin by Polly Dunbar


by Polly Dunbar

With a very quiet penguin as a present, Ben isn’t so sure about his new friend – but throw a passing lion into the mix and Penguin really comes into his own!

Panel: We chose Penguin because of its fun and lively story, we loved the twist at the end and thought it was a perfect story for cuddling up with and sharing together.

You Choose cover

You Choose

by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt

What kind of house do you want to live in? What kind of clothes do you want to wear? It’s up to you, you can choose anything you want!

Panel: We enjoyed the bright and fun illustrations, and we identified that it's a great book for sharing and encouraging imagination.

Is that an Elephant in My Fridge? cover

Is That an Elephant in My Fridge?

by Caroline Crowe and Claudia Ranucci

A fun and silly book, about – you guessed it! – elephants in a fridge…

Panel: We chose this book because of its rhyming story and bright and lively illustrations.

Find out more about what’s in each of the Bookbug Bags, as well as information about how to get one.

Please note: these are the 2018-19 bags. Some local authorities will still be distributing 2017-18 bags, which contain different books. All Bookbug Bags contain high-quality, age-appropriate books and resources for families to enjoy.