Bookbug Packs

Bookbug packs are free and full of brilliant books and goodies for you to share with your child. We hope you’ll enjoy exploring and developing a love of reading together at home.

Packs are given to every child in Scotland, from birth to Primary 1. Your child will receive four packs in total: Baby PackToddler PackPirate Pack and the P1 Family Pack. There are also Gaelic versions of each pack available.

You can find out more about what's in each of the packs by clicking below.

Baby Pack (Year One)

Toddler Pack (Age 1-2)

Pirate Pack (Age 3)

P1 Family Pack (Age 5)

Gaelic Packs


How do I get a pack?

The packs are free and you don't have to sign up to the Bookbug programme to receive them. Packs are given out in different ways depending on where you live. Typically, the Bookbug Baby pack is given out by Health Visitors in your baby’s first year. The Bookbug Toddler pack is also given out by the Heath Visitor when your child is aged between 1 and 2. The Bookbug Pirate pack is given out at nursery when your child is 3.

If you haven’t received a pack but you think you should have, your local Bookbug Co-ordinator will be able to help. There is a co-ordinator in each local authority to help make sure the Bookbug programme runs smoothly. Your Co-ordinator will be able to give you more information about how packs are given out in your area and help ensure you receive your pack as soon as possible. It's also worth checking with your local library- a number of branches have stock of packs on hand.

How do I contact my Bookbug Co-ordinator?

Take a look at our local contacts page and click on your local authority. At the top of this page, you’ll find a name, email address and telephone number for the Bookbug Co-ordinator in that area. Bookbug Co-ordinators are very happy to help with any questions about packs, Bookbug sessions or the Bookbug programme in general.

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:


Telephone: 0131 524 0179


Twitter: @Bookbug_SBT

How do I find out which local authority I live in?

If you’re not sure which local authority you live in, simply enter your postcode on the Direct Gov website to find out.

Can I get Dual Language Books?

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to include dual language books in the Bookbug Packs. However, you can find out more about books for bilingual families here.

How are the books chosen?

The books in all of the Bookbug Packs are chosen by an independent book selection committee. This committee consists of various early years professionals from a range of backgrounds including education, health, social work, libraries and third sector organisations. The volunteers on our book selection committee also share the books with parents and children and collect their feedback to ensure the books chosen are suitable and appealing.

The books included in our packs are pitched at the appropriate age range. The books represent the highest quality in publishing for the Early Years with appealing illustrations and excellent use of language, rhythm, rhyme or repetition.