Bookbug is part of the Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years’ Programme providing free book packs to every child in Scotland from birth to P1. More information about the Programme is available from Scottish Book Trust.
Local delivery of Bookbug is managed by Library Support for Schools in partnership with health professionals, local libraries and nurseries. Bookbug provides an excellent opportunity to deliver the message of the importance of sharing books and developing a love of reading in young children.
Bookbug is clearly linked to the Scottish Government’s Literacy Action Plan:
- Strengthening links with Health Centres;
- Developing a strong reading culture from the earliest age;
- Creating partnerships to support literacy improvement with family learning, early years’ establishments, schools and local libraries.
This pack is issued by health visitors at the MMR vaccinations or 18 month health check. Parents and carers can also collect a pack from their local public library.
Bookbug’s Library Challenge
Bookbug’s Library Challenge is a library joining incentive for children aged birth to four years. It is available in most public libraries and on the mobile library. All you need to do is:
- Register your baby or child as a library borrower
- Pick up your Bookbug collector’s card
- Get your card stamped each time you visit the library
- Swap six stamps for a limited edition certificate – there are seven certificates to collect.
For more information on the Bookbug scheme in Falkirk Council contact the Learning Resource Service– 01324 501980