Scottish Book Trust is pleased to announce the books chosen for the 2019/20 Bookbug Bags that are distributed free to every baby, toddler and 3-year-old in Scotland.
Every year, Bookbug, the Scottish Government funded initiative, gifts over 800,000 books to families across Scotland. Bookbug bags help children to develop a love of books and promote the health and developmental benefits of sharing stories, songs and rhymes. The new bags will include books by some of the UK’s favourite authors and illustrators including Julia Donaldson, Nick Sharratt and Joseph Coelho. The bags also include a selection of materials such as Bookbug CDs, height charts, postcards and crayons.
Bookbug also gifts Gaelic language editions of the selected titles. These can be requested from your local Bookbug Co-ordinator or Bòrd na Gàidhlig Early Years Worker. Three-year-old children in Gaelic Medium Education will receive their Gaelic Bookbug Explorer Bag from their nursery. Bookbug also provides tactile books to support children with additional needs.
The Bookbug programme is managed by Scottish Book Trust and run in partnership with libraries, local authorities, health professionals and nurseries.
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We are delighted to be gifting free books to every baby, toddler and three-year-old in Scotland through our Bookbug bags. Every bag contains a fantastic selection of reading material, handpicked by our Early Years experts. We hope families have a wonderful time enjoying these stories together, and can integrate them into their daily routine.”
Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, said: “It is fantastic that over 800,000 copies of books by nine well-loved authors will be gifted to all children aged 0–3 this year through the hugely successful Bookbug bags.
“The Scottish Government’s aspiration for our children and their families is for Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up. All of our policies for children and young people have one overall aim – to improve the outcomes for every child and young person in Scotland. That is why we provide funding of over £1.6 million each year to Scottish Book Trust for the Bookbug initiative which helps encourage an early love of books.”
The books to be distributed free in Bookbug bags to every baby, toddler and three-year-old in Scotland in the coming year are as follows:
Bookbug Baby Bag
Bookbug Toddler Bag
Bookbug Explorer Bag
Scottish Book Trust recently launched a new Bookbug app for parents/carers and children to enjoy together. The free app is designed to complement Bookbug bags and Bookbug sessions, offering greater accessibility to rhymes and songs to families across Scotland. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
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