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Bookbug in Highland

The Bookbug programme helps to give all children the best start in life through offering free book gifting and access to free high quality Bookbug Sessions.

Taking time to talk, play, read and sing with your little ones reaps long-term benefits.

It’s never too soon to Bookbug and there are even resources for expectant parents. Please visit the Bookbug antenatal page for essential information and resources

Bookbug Sessions near you

Bookbug Sessions are FREE 30-minute sessions for babies, children, and families to get together in a relaxed, friendly environment to enjoy sharing stories, songs and rhymes.

Led by a trained facilitator these sessions offer you time-out to relax, laugh, read and play with your little ones.

You can find your nearest session by checking at your local library or using the Bookbug App.

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 instrumental versions!  Explore the app together and create your own personalised playlists.

Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play to download.



Bookbug Sessions on-line

You can join in a Bookbug Session from the comfort of your own home, brought to you via Muir of Ord Library Facebook every Monday at 1pm.  Join in live or catch up at a time of your own convenience. These sessions include Makaton signing.

Bookbug Bags

There are four bags to collect. Each bag contains high quality books allowing your child to build their own mini library. Bags also contain developmentally appropriate resources for play and learning at home.

  • Baby Bag – you will receive this from your Health Visitor when your infant is 3-5 weeks old.
  • Toddler Bag – you will receive this from your Health Visitor when you toddler is 13-15months old.
  • Explorer Bag – you will receive this from your childcare provider when your child is age 3
  • Primary 1 Family Bag – you will receive this from your child’s school when your child is aged 4 or 5

Baby, Toddler and Explorer Bookbug bags can be collected from your local library if you have not received them via your Health Visitor or Childcare provider.

Bookbug for Everyone

Many children enjoy books which they can explore with their hands. Little ones love to feel different textures and find pictures and surprises under flaps or behind doors. Children with visual impairments or other additional support needs can especially benefit from tactile books.  If your child would benefit from sensory or tactile books please make this known when you are going to receive your Bookbug Bag.

Bookbug in Gaelic

Gaelic Bookbug bags – These are available for families interested in the Gaelic language – please make this known to your provider or ask in your local library. Gaelic Bookbug sessions are available in the following libraries., please contact your local library for more information about available sessions:

  • Dingwall: Last Monday of every month, 11:00 – 11:30
  • Fort William: Friday, 11:00 – 11:30
  • Plockton: In co-ordination with Gaelic Nursery, by request
  • Tain: First Wednesday of every month, 11:00 – 11:30
  • Ullapool: Thursday (term-time only), 9:30 – 10:00

Bookbug’s Library Challenge

Bookbug’s Library Challenge is a fun way to encourage your child to enjoy their local library. Highland Libraries have a great range of books suitable for every age. Your child is never too young to join the library so please sign up today.

  • 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 a colourful certificate! To find out more, click here or ask at your local library.

Astar – Royal Scottish National Orchestra App for Babies

A 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.

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