Bookbug Detective: Getting involved in Book Week Scotland!

Image from Here Comes Frankie!
Category: Bookbug

The Bookbug Detective is here to help you with any questions you have about books, songs and rhymes for your little one. Thank you to everyone who has sent in their questions so far. The Detective has selected a question to answer below. If you'd like some book recommendations or advice send the Bookbug Detective an email!


I've seen lots of posters for Book Week Scotland, but I'm not sure how to get my children involved. Do you have any ideas?

Of course! Book Week Scotland (19-25 November 2018) is a week-long celebration of books for everyone - from babies to grandparents and everyone inbetween. The theme this year is 'Rebel' which is perfect for little ones. Let's face it, all children are rebels in their own way! Here are some ideas of how you can join in the fun at home or in your local area:


  • There are hundreds of events taking place in every corner of Scotland, including special Bookbug Sessions and author events for children and families. Use our event listings to see what's happening near you.
  • We've created two special booklists to celebrate this year's 'rebel' theme. Babies and toddlers can enjoy some loud and boisterous Noisy Books (take the quiet out of bedtime reading!) and slightly older children can discover picture book rebels who are happy to challenge, push the boundaries, and say no!
  • Keep an eye on the Scottish Book Trust website and Bookbug Facebook page on Monday for details of a very exciting Book Week Scotland competition! Books, mini Bookbug dolls and other great prizes up for grabs!
  • If you've got a little one in P1, watch out for their Bookbug P1 Bag coming home soon. Their bag includes the three books shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize and they can vote for their favourite at school or their local library. If your wee ones are too young for school, they can still read the books at their library - or watch them being read on our website - and vote for the one they like the best.
  • Make some noise! You can create your own noisy shakers by filling used bottles or tubs with dried rice. Or let little ones raid the kitchen and use saucepans and wooden spoons to create their own drumkits - this is a great way to let little ones express themselves and be heard! Action songs like If You're Happy and You Know It from the Bookbug Song and Rhyme Library are also perfect for encouraging some noisy clapping and foot stomping.
  • And don't forget to join in yourself! Our Digital Festival includes a great line-up of events you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home - watch Maggie O'Farrell in conversation with Nicola Sturgeon live from Stirling Castle on Thursday and join in our public vote to find the most rebellious book of the 21st Century


Have a great Book Week Scotland and happy reading!


(Main image from Here Comes Frankie by Tim Hopgood)