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We are pleased to announce face-to-face Bookbug is available again in some libraries. Please contact your local branch for availability in your local area.

Families can enjoy free live online Bookbug Sessions on our Facebook pages  please check your local library Facebook for details of online Bookbug Sessions. You can also find songs and rhymes to share at home through Bookbug’s songs and rhymes app, the Bookbug song and rhyme library and the home activities hub.

Bookbug Live with Joolz.

Bookbug Live with Joolz.

Join Bookbug Sessions online on Facebook

You can still catch Bookbug live from Dingwall Library Facebook. Look out for more up coming events and video broadcasts.

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.


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.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra App for Babies

Free interactive app for babies and their families. Featuring music to wake to, play to and nap to, as well as colourful animations of Scottish wildlife. The app features a selection of popular classical music for you and your baby to enjoy together. Listening to music with your baby can help in all sorts of ways, particularly if you play at the same time:
Astar is available to download from the Apple and Google App Stores now.

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

Bookbug 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.

Gaelic Bookbug sessions

We also offer Gaelic Bookbug sessions in some of our branches. Please contact your local library for more information about available sessions.

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.

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