Bookbug Week

Take part in Bookbug Week by joining in with a whole week of FREE, special events taking place all over Glasgow for families with babies and young children!

Bookbug Week

About Bookbug Week

Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, invites families to join Bookbug’s Big Picnic from 13 – 19 May. During Bookbug Week 2019, hundreds of free events will be held across the country, as part of the annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions.

Five Fat Peas will be gifted during Bookbug Week sessions: a selection of song and rhymes about Bookbug’s favourites foods, that families can enjoy together. The actions, words and tunes are available in Bookbug’s Song and Rhyme library, via Scottish Book Trust’s website, or on the new, free Bookbug app.

Bookbug Song and Rhyme Mats, designed by illustrator Esther Kent, will also be distributed during Bookbug Week Sessions. The free, fun-filled Story and Rhyme Sessions for babies to four-year-olds are attended by thousands of parents and children every year. To tie in with this year’s theme, many Bookbug Sessions will provide healthy picnic food.

Scottish Book Trust is also partnering with Stoats to provide their new children’s ‘Stoaters’ oat bars to Bookbug Sessions in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Stoats will also be running competitions across their social media channels, with the opportunity to win a custom bundle of books and a mini Bookbug doll for your child.

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour will hold a special Bookbug Week event with award-winning poet Joseph Coelho on Wednesday, 15 May. Hosted by the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow, Joseph will read picnic-related poetry to parents and their children. Scottish Friendly will also gift free books to those attending the Bookbug session.

Schools and nurseries across the country can register to watch a special Authors Live event with illustrator Emily MacKenzie, who was shortlisted for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2018. Emily will read from her picture book, There's Broccoli in my Ice Cream! The event will be streamed from 11am, Thursday 16 May and pupils can draw-along.

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 800,000 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 660,000 parents and children in 2017-18

Key highlights of Bookbug Week include:
• 10.30am – 12pm, Tuesday 14 May: Bookbug's Big Autism Friendly Picnic at Dennistoun Library
• 2pm & 3pm Monday 13 May: Play Talk Read bus at Royston Primary School
• 11am & 12pm Tuesday 14 May: Play Talk Read bus at Royston Primary School
• 2pm & 3pm Wednesday 15 May: Play Talk Read bus at Royston Primary School
• 10.30am & 11.30am Thursday 16 May: Play Talk Read bus at 160 Helenvale Street
• 11am – 12.30am: Saturday 18 May: Bookbug's Big Picnic with appearance from Bookbug at Hillhead Library

Search for all Glasgow Bookbug Week events on Scottish Book Trust’s website.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Bookbug Week are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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