Bookbug Week 2015 will take place between 18 and 24 May, with hundreds of FREE story, song and rhyme events for families with babies and young children held across the country. The theme this year is Bookbug’s Big Bedtime Story.
Bookbug encourages mums, dads and carers to talk, cuddle, sing, and share stories and rhymes with their children from birth. The programme provides every child in Scotland with four free packs of books and runs free Bookbug Sessions at libraries and community centres across the country. Bookbug is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Scottish Book Trust.
Last year over 400 events took place during Bookbug Week, with highlights including East Dunbartonshire’s Early Years Fest featuring best-selling children’s author Vivian French and Lapin the French Rabbit; the Townhouse Toddlympics at Hamilton Townhouse Library in South Lanarkshire; Bookbug’s Big Sports day at Citadel Leisure Centre in South Ayrshire; and a Giant Bookbug Marathon at Moredun Library in Edinburgh.
Bookbug Week 2015 will see bedtime-themed events taking place in every local authority in Scotland, with special appearances from some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators. Families can look forward to our flagship event at Rozelle House and Maclaurin Art Gallery in South Ayrshire on Tuesday 19 May, schools and nurseries across the country will be given the opportunity to participate in a fun-filled Authors Live event, streamed live from the BBC’s studios in Glasgow on Thursday 21 May, and some fantastic Bookbug prizes will be up for grabs via Bookbug’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BookbugSBT) and Twitter (@Bookbug_SBT) throughout the week.
Introducing children to books at an early age has many wonderful benefits including building up their confidence and social skills, and giving their speech and language development a real boost! Bookbug Week is the perfect chance to find out more about the Bookbug programme, get involved, meet other families and get ideas to make sharing books, songs and rhymes with children a fun part of each day.
Find out more about Bookbug Week and events happening in your area at scottishbooktrust.com/bookbugweek or ask for information at your local library.