Bookbug Week 2018 – the annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions is run by Scottish Book Trust, and is back this year with hundreds of free events for children and babies across the country. This year’s theme is ‘Bookbug’s Friends’ and events will take place between 14 and 20 May.
Bookbug Sessions are inclusive and welcoming to all, and Scottish Book Trust hopes to encourage families to get involved for the first time during this year’s Bookbug Week. To tie in with this year’s theme, Scottish Book Trust is asking parents and children to bring a friend along to an event during Bookbug Week (cuddly toys are also welcome).
Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, said:
The Bookbug programme encourages parents and children to share stories, songs and rhymes from birth. Not only is this important for bonding, but it also helps to support children’s speech and language development. During Bookbug Week, we hope families will celebrate the joy of stories and singing through the programme of free events across the country.
Now in its eighth year, Bookbug Week will host events in every local authority in Scotland, with special appearances from some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators such as Chae Strathie and Morag Hood. Schools and nurseries across the country can register to watch a special Authors Live event with illustrator Ross Collins, which will be streamed at 11am on Thursday 17 May.
Some fantastic book bundles will also be available to win through Bookbug social media competitions throughout the week. Families can find details of all Bookbug Week events taking place across Scotland by visiting Scottish Book Trust’s website or visiting their local library.
Jon Bishop designed this year’s posters and finger puppets featuring Bookbug and friends, which will be gifted to those attending sessions during Bookbug Week. There will also be downloadable activity ideas, book lists and colouring sheets available to download from Scottish Book Trust’s website. Jon was mentored by the original Bookbug artist Debi Gliori through the Picture Hooks scheme.
For more information about the week, head over to the Scottish Book Trust website here.
Scottish Book Trust
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include:
- Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
- Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
- Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
- Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.