Bookbug Week 2018

Celebrate Bookbug Week with us 14-20 May 2018

Take part in Bookbug Week with us by joining in with a whole week of FREE, special events taking place all over Scotland for families with babies and young children.

This year’s theme is Bookbug’s Friends, and there will be a whole host of fun story, song and rhyme activities taking place in local libraries and community venues.

Find out what’s happening in your local area

Lots of special Bookbug Sessions and activities are taking place to celebrate Bookbug Week. Take a look at our event search to find out what’s happening near you - new events are being added every day so please keep checking back if you can't see anything listed near you! You can also look out for posters, ask at your local library for more information or check our facebook page.

Join in at home

If you’re not able to make it along to a local Bookbug Session or event, there are still lots of ways you can join in at home.

Enter our competitions

We’ll be running special competitions on our website and facebook page throughout the week.

Watch our special Authors Live - Thursday 17 May, 11am

Join us for a special Bookbug Week broadcast featuring award-winning author and illustrator, Ross Collins. Ross will be sharing his book, There's a Bear on my Chair, with us and telling us how he illustrates his wonderful, comic characters. Have your pencil and paper ready for joining in with some drawing! Sign up to watch at home or at nursery with your little ones and be entered into our prize draw to win a bundle of Ross Collins books!

Try these activities with your little ones:

Create together

Get a couple of colours of finger paint and ask your little one to put their hands in, then hold hands with you or their friend, so that it blends to makes another colour. Then make a handprint picture! You can make any shape at all, but you could try putting two handprints together to make a butterfly. If you have more than one child, ask each one to do two handprints on separate pieces of paper, and a sibling or friend to be the other half on each one, then they can each have a picture of their own.

Get drawing or colouring

Use the crayons or pencils and pads in your Bookbug Bags and draw a picture with your wee one of their friend, or Bookbug. You could also print off and colour in or decorate one of our Bookbug colouring sheets.

Share a story together

We’ve put together some great book suggestions about friendship. There are many forms of friendship and we’ve got ideas in our booklists about friendship for all ages: friendship (0-2s) and friendship (3-7s), stories about welcoming refugees, stories that celebrate inclusivity and tales about animal friends. to discover some fantastic books to share with your little ones.

Dance together

Even if you are just dancing around the living room with your toddler, try some of these songs that have lots of movement such as Wind The Bobbin Up on the Bookbug Baby CD, The Shooglie Wooglie on the Toddler CD or Row, Row, Row Your Boat on the Explorer CD to get everyone joining in together. Or you could have a look for a new song to learn together in our online Song and Rhyme Library - we've just added some new songs and rhymes so there's lots to explore. 

Don’t forget to let us know what you’re up to – we’d love to hear how you’ve taken part!

If you have any great photos, stories or feedback from Bookbug Week, please share them with us by emailing them to beth.crozier@scottishbooktrust.com and we'll put them up on our Facebook page throughout the week! Please ensure that you have full photo permissions for any photos that you send us. 

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