What is Bookbug?

Bookbug is the book sharing programme delivered in partnership by national reading charity Scottish Book Trust, local authorities, libraries and health trusts. Bookbug encourages parents and carers to share books with their children from as early an age as possible to inspire a love of reading in every child.

There are four fantastic free bags of books for young children in Midlothian (click on the image to find out more):

Baby Bag: from your health visitor when your baby is 3-5 weeks

Toddler Bag: from your health visitor when your child is 13-15 months

Explorer Bag: from nursery when your child is 3 years old

Primary 1 Family Bag: from school when your child is in P1

Gaelic Bookbug Bags are also available for families interested in Gaelic.

Tactile books are available for children with additional support needs alongside their
Bookbug Bags.

How do I get a Bookbug bag?

Libraries, health staff and nurseries in Midlothian work together to try to make sure that all families receive their bag. If by any chance you missed getting a Bookbug bag, then pop in to your local library and collect one.

Why read and sing with my baby or child?

Bookbug aims to help every child in Scotland develop a love of books and reading.
Sharing books, songs and rhymes for a few minutes a day will:

  • Develop language skills
  • Allow time for cuddling and bonding
  • Help families to relax
  • Boost children’s confidence
  • Encourage drawing and writing
  • Provide a strong start in life

Find out about our available sessions

Or head back to our Children & Young People page

Bookbug’s Library Challenge

Children can take part in Bookbug’s Library Challenge.

  • 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 certificate for your child to keep
  • Start collecting stamps on a new card! There are lots of certificates to collect.

About Bookbug

Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s national Early Years programme. A national charity, Scottish Book Trust delivers the Bookbug programme locally by working in partnership with local library and education services and third sector organisations. To support local delivery of the Bookbug programme, Scottish Book Trust provides its partners with training, advice and Bookbug bags of books.

More information about Bookbug, including resources, research, advice and tips