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Highland Libraries are delighted to work in partnership with Scottish Book Trust Early Years Programme, NHS Highland and Highland Early Years providers to deliver the Bookbug Programme.

About Bookbug

Bookbug is Scotland’s universal early years book gifting programme and aims to inspire a love of stories, songs and rhymes from birth.

The values of the Bookbug programme include; early book sharing, developing literacy and giving families time to talk, play and sing together. The programme includes FREE book gifting and fun activities for babies and young children from 0-5.

Visit the Scottish Book Trust Bookbug website for more information.

Find you local Bookbug session

Gaelic Bookbug sessions

We also offer Gaelic Bookbug sessions. Please contact one of the libraries below for details.

Boogbug Bags

Baby, Toddler and Explorer Bookbug bags can be collected from your local library. As part of the Bookbug programme, there are four free Bookbug Bags in total – all of which are available in English (universal) and Gaelic (on request).

  • Baby (up to one year) usually gifted by Health Visitors
  • Toddler (up to two years) gifted by Health Visitors or via libraries and early years settings
  • Explorer (aged 3  in ante-preschool year) gifted by Early Years setting or via library
  • P1 Family Bag (aged 4/5) gifted via P1 teacher – Bookbug P1 and RWC P2 & P3 are sent to schools automatically via the HC – education dept.

Anyone wishing to receive any Gaelic Bookbug bag receives the universal English bag and an additional bag with Gaelic resources.You can find more information about Bookbug Bags here.

Bookbug’s Library Challenge

We would like to encourage you to take part in Bookbug’s Library Challenge!Bookbug's Library Challenge certificate

  • Join your local library and pick up your child’s Collector’s Card
  • Collect a stamp each time your child borrows books
  • When your card is full, swap it for a lovely certificate for your child to keep
  • Start collecting stamps on a new card! There are lots of certificates to collect.

You will receive one of these colourful certificates!
To find out more, click here or ask at your local library.

Bookbug App

Download the free Bookbug app to share songs and rhymes on the go, look up new words or make up your own songs and rhymes to our new instrumental versions! Apps can be great for supporting children’s learning and encouraging play and creativity.

Explore the app together and create your own personalised playlists. You can also use the app to find your nearest Bookbug Session!

Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play to download.

Contact Us

You can email us on: [email protected]