Scottish Book Trust launch online celebrations for Bookbug Week

Scottish Book Trust launch online celebrations for Bookbug Week

Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, will host online celebrations this May for Bookbug Week.

Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, will host online celebrations this year for Bookbug Week, which runs from Monday 18 May – Sunday 24 May.

As the Bookbug programme has been running since 2010, the charity will mark the ten year milestone with #HappyBirthdayBookbug, encouraging families across Scotland to send Bookbug their birthday wishes.

Bookbug Week is an annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions. There will be many ways for families to join in the fun at home, such as a daily drawalong with Bookbug's creator Debi Gliori, to learn how to draw Bookbug and friends. There will also be a special film with Debi, which explains how she created Bookbug ten years ago.

The popular live Bookbug Session on Facebook will run on Friday 22 May at 10am, for everyone to join in and sing happy birthday to Bookbug. The first live Bookbug Session was a great success with over 20,000 views. For those that cannot join the live session, there will be an option to watch later, or the option of acelebratory Bookbug Session for families to try at home themselves.

Scottish Book Trust’s home activities hub will be packed with more themed ideas to try at home, from making a party hat to colouring in sheets of Bookbug. All through the week, there will also be competitions on the charity’s website and social media. Scottish Book Trust will also be asking for families' memories of their child's Bookbug Bags and Bookbug Sessions with their little ones.

As always, families can access Bookbug’s Song and Rhyme library, via Scottish Book Trust’s website, or on the free Bookbug app. Building on the increasing demand for modern nursery rhymes, Scottish Book Trust commissioned Sprog Rock to develop a brand new birthday song, which will launch on Wednesday 20 May. The new song was created through interactive nursery workshops earlier this year with Bucklyvie Nursery in Glasgow. The song centres around the theme of being ten years old, with nursery children contributing their imaginative thoughts about what that age means to them.

Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd said: “I am delighted that we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bookbug programme in Scotland. To date, Bookbug has provided well over 6 million books to children and helped families across Scotland to take part in Bookbug activities and enjoy precious moments of reading, story-telling and singing together.

We know these are challenging times for families so it is heartening to see that the Bookbug online sessions are proving to be such a success. I am also pleased to see that this year’s celebrations will be packed with themed activity ideas for families to try at home.

I would like to thank Scottish Book Trust and everyone involved in delivering this wonderful programme and I hope that many families can join in the exciting virtual events and resources during the Bookbug week.”


Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Scottish Book Trust is looking forward to celebrating Bookbug’s tenth birthday with families across Scotland through our website, social media channels and Bookbug app. We are extremely proud of the impact that the Bookbug programme has made in the last decade: from delivering free bags of books, to bringing communities together through Bookbug Sessions, to working with families at home who need our support to get started sharing stories and songs together.

“We'd like to thank all our colleagues from libraries, health, education, social care and the third sector for building Bookbug with us – it truly is a national partnership that shows how much we value books, and value children. We look forward to receiving everyone’s birthday messages for Bookbug and hope that families can join us to celebrate.”


Funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme. The Bookbug programme encourages mums, dads and carers to sing and share stories with their children from birth. It gives every child in Scotland four free bags of books in their first 5 years, gifting over 885,000 books every year. Bookbug also runs regular free story, song and rhyme events in libraries, shopping centres and other community venues which attracted audiences of over 720,000 parents and children in 2018-19.

Last Updated: 18 May 2020 13:18

Latest Local News

Come and join the Bites of the Round Table at Cardwell Garden Centre!

Come and join the Bites of the Round Table at Cardwell Garden Centre!

The team at Cardwell Garden Centre have put their own spin on the Legend of King Arthur.
Last Updated: 8th July 2020
intu Braehead ready for safe reopening

intu Braehead ready for safe reopening

The team at intu Braehead has outlined how it will safely reopen the non-essential stores at the centre in line with Scottish Government guidelines.
Last Updated: 7th July 2020
Renfrewshire Leisure have issued a call out for outdoor art and mixed media commissions

Renfrewshire Leisure have issued a call out for outdoor art and mixed media commissions

Renfrewshire Leisure wish to commission a series of innovative Pop Up Outdoor Arts and Mixed Media installations to be explored from the cycle paths of Renfrewshire between Paisley and Lochwinnoch.
Last Updated: 5th July 2020
VisitScotland launches new Sketching Scotland series

VisitScotland launches new Sketching Scotland series

VisitScotland has come up with a new way to draw attention to some of the country’s most iconic sights!
Last Updated: 2nd July 2020
Culzean Country Park is reopening on Monday 6th July

Culzean Country Park is reopening on Monday 6th July

Culzean Country Park is set to reopen next week and the team are advising visitors to pre-book their admission online in advance.
Last Updated: 1st July 2020
Paisley Museum receives major award from the Wolfson Foundation

Paisley Museum receives major award from the Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation has announced Paisley Museum will receive £200,000 in capital funding towards its transformation into a world-class cultural destination.
Last Updated: 1st July 2020
Scottish Album of the Year Award goes digital

Scottish Album of the Year Award goes digital

The Scottish Album of the Year Award is calling on music fans, artists and labels to submit eligible albums to be in the running for Scotland's pre-eminent music prize!
Last Updated: 1st July 2020
Fines issued as Team Up to Clean Up volunteers catch fly tippers in the act

Fines issued as Team Up to Clean Up volunteers catch fly tippers in the act

Local volunteers from Renfrewshire's award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign have caught fly tippers red-handed as they look to protect the local environment.
Last Updated: 30th June 2020
Annual Paisley festival gets ready for digital debut!

Annual Paisley festival gets ready for digital debut!

This weekend marks the digital debut of Paisley's annual Sma' Shot Day celebrations as a series of virtual events and workshops will take place to mark this important date in the town's calendar.
Last Updated: 29th June 2020
Love Local, Love Paisley!

Love Local, Love Paisley!

Paisley First has launched a new shop local campaign as businesses start to reopen from the COVID-19 lockdown.
Last Updated: 28th June 2020
Fans to relive festival highlights with a special TRNSMT takeover on BBC Scotland

Fans to relive festival highlights with a special TRNSMT takeover on BBC Scotland

Highlights from some of the most iconic performances from previous years will be broadcast for one night only on BBC Scotland and iPlayer, during what should have been the weekend of TRNSMT 2020!
Last Updated: 28th June 2020
itison announce Drive In Movies Summer (of lockdown)

itison announce Drive In Movies Summer (of lockdown)

itison confirm they will be returning to the stunning shores of Loch Lomond this July with Scotland's first socially distanced event, Drive In Movies Summer (of lockdown)!
Last Updated: 25th June 2020
Schools out for Summer with Clyde 1

Schools out for Summer with Clyde 1

Clyde 1 DJs, Callum Gallacher and Cassi, are celebrating the end of what has been an unusual school term with the ultimate Schools Out for Summer parties!
Last Updated: 25th June 2020
560 grassroots music venues, including 42 in Scotland, sign open letter to UK Government

560 grassroots music venues, including 42 in Scotland, sign open letter to UK Government

42 grassroots music venues in Scotland sign the Music Venue Trust's open letter to the UK Government highlighting the need for an immediate financial support package to prevent venues closing.
Last Updated: 24th June 2020
National Trust for Scotland gardens and grounds get ready for visitors again

National Trust for Scotland gardens and grounds get ready for visitors again

The National Trust for Scotland is preparing to welcome visitors again at dozens of gardens and estates across the country, as lockdown continues to ease.
Last Updated: 23rd June 2020
VisitScotland and Glasgow Life unveil new programme of webinars for tourism businesses

VisitScotland and Glasgow Life unveil new programme of webinars for tourism businesses

Tourism businesses across the Glasgow City Region are being encouraged to sign up to a series of webinars to help support their re-opening and recovery from the current coronavirus pandemic.
Last Updated: 23rd June 2020
Quarriers is keeping people connected through outdoor art

Quarriers is keeping people connected through outdoor art

Social care charity Quarriers is helping people to stay connected during coronavirus through outdoor art.
Last Updated: 17th June 2020
Win a pub experience for your garden!

Win a pub experience for your garden!

Tennent’s Lager are asking you to share your Da's best dad joke for your chance to win a pub experience in your garden!
Last Updated: 17th June 2020
Creatives Funding Opportunity

Creatives Funding Opportunity

Renfrewshire Leisure Arts Team invite submissions from creatives across all performance disciplines.
Last Updated: 11th June 2020
VisitScotland CEO welcomes provisional date of 15th July for reopening of tourism businesses

VisitScotland CEO welcomes provisional date of 15th July for reopening of tourism businesses

VisitScotland Chief Executive has welcomed today's announcement from Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism.
Last Updated: 10th June 2020
Cardwell has scone and opened a takeway!

Cardwell has scone and opened a takeway!

The popular restaurant at Cardwell Garden Centre has re-opened for takeaway orders!
Last Updated: 10th June 2020
Scottish Charities working together during the pandemic

Scottish Charities working together during the pandemic

Two Scottish charities have teamed up to help some of the most vulnerable people in Glasgow, Edinburgh & Fife who are struggling to cope during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Last Updated: 10th June 2020
16k Dog Owners Remove over 24 MILLION pieces of litter

16k Dog Owners Remove over 24 MILLION pieces of litter

PAWS on PLASTIC invites dog owners to pick up 2 pieces of plastic while out walking their beloved hounds.
Last Updated: 10th June 2020
Library team join the fun playing video game

Library team join the fun playing video game

It's game-on for the team at Renfrewshire Libraries who are taking part in the Nintendo Animal Crossing New Horizons video game.
Last Updated: 9th June 2020
Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire

Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Leisure have teamed up with Fun Palaces to engage with communities and stimulate creativity across Renfrewshire!
Last Updated: 7th June 2020
Temporary road closures at rural beauty spots across Stirling

Temporary road closures at rural beauty spots across Stirling

Temporary road closures will come into force at rural beauty spots across Stirling this weekend to protect communities.
Last Updated: 7th June 2020
Little Cards of Kindness

Little Cards of Kindness

Residents receiving food and medicines from Renfrewshire Council will soon see little cards of kindness appear in their deliveries to help bring a little joy to their day.
Last Updated: 7th June 2020
Doors Open Days 2020 is going digital!

Doors Open Days 2020 is going digital!

Doors Open Days, Scotland's biggest free festival of architecture, will present its largest ever digital offering this September!
Last Updated: 5th June 2020
Get ready to get SILLY!

Get ready to get SILLY!

It's almost time for this year's Summer Reading Challenge, and for 2020 it's all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh!
Last Updated: 4th June 2020
First Golfers at Barshaw

First Golfers at Barshaw

A father-and-son golf duo were first off the tee at Barshaw Golf Course when the course re-opened on Friday.
Last Updated: 4th June 2020

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

The Drive-In Cinema: Paisley
Watch blockbuster classics this summer when The Drive-In Cinema comes to St Mirren Park, Paisley in July!
Paisley Farmers Market
Ayrshire Farmers Markets hold a market in Paisley Town Centre on the second and last Saturdays of each month!
Lockdown Drive-In
intu Braehead and The Catherine McEwan Foundation have teamed up to bring drive-in movies to Renfrew this Summer!
The Drive-In Cinema: Inverclyde
Watch blockbuster classics this summer when The Drive-In Cinema comes to Knapps Loch, Kilmacolm in July!
Erskine Events Online Market
Erskine Events Online Market runs every Saturday and Sunday, why not visit the market from the comfort of your own home and have a browse through some of the gorgeous goodies on offer!

Popular Venues

Beacon Arts Centre Braehead Arena Johnstone Town Hall Paisley Arts Centre The Bungalow Paisley