About Bookbug

Bookbug gifts book bags to every child in Scotland. We also run free song & rhymes sessions across the country. 

Sharing stories, songs and rhymes with your child has many wonderful benefits. It's lots of fun and just a few minutes a day will:

  • Develop your child’s language skills
  • Give you time to cuddle and help you bond with your child
  • Help you and your child feel more relaxed
  • Boost your child’s confidence
  • Encourage your child to draw and write
  • Give your child a head start in life


How to get the most from Bookbug

Collect your free bags of books

Bookbug gives your child four free bags of books from birth to Primary 1. You don’t have to sign up or register to receive your bags. Gaelic bags are also available.
Find out how to get your bag.

Come along to free Bookbug Sessions

Join in fun sessions of stories, songs and rhymes at your local library.
Find out where your nearest session is.

Sign up for Bookbug’s Library Challenge

Join your local library and ask your librarian about Bookbug’s Library Challenge. Libraries have a range of great books you can borrow for free and your baby or toddler is never too young to join!
Find out more about Bookbug’s Library Challenge.


Get in touch

The Bookbug team would love to hear from you! If you have any comments or questions about Bookbug, get in touch: 

Email: bookbug@scottishbooktrust.com 

Telephone: 0131 524 0179

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bookbug_SBT

Twitter: @Bookbug_SBT



We would like to acknowledge the following organisations for their support of the Bookbug programme:

The Scottish Government logo
Creative Scotland logo
NHS logo
Youth Music Initiative



Introduction to Bookbug

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