Youngsters catch the Bookbug

FREE PIC- Book Week Scotland Book Bug Packs 02

FREE PIC- Book Week Scotland Book Bug Packs 02

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Hundreds of free events for children and babies will take place for Bookbug Week.

The annual celebration of Scotland’s national book gifting programme, will take place between May 16 and 22, and this year’s theme is Around the World with Bookbug, an international theme that will inspire children and adults to explore songs and rhymes from around the globe.

Now in its sixth year, events will take place in every local authority in Scotland, with special appearances from some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators.

Schools and nurseries across the country can also tune in to watch a fun-filled Authors Live event with Ed Vere, streamed live at 11am Thursday, May 19. Some fantastic Bookbug prizes will also be up for grabs in on-line competitions throughout the week.

The flagship event to mark the launch of Bookbug Week will take place at the Battle of Bannockburn centre in Stirling on Monday, May 16. Stirling and Clackmannanshire libraries have come together to create a free event packed with activities including a visit from author Simon Puttock and illustrator Eilidh Muldoon, yoga for toddlers, outdoor games and international themed Bookbug Sessions.

Catriona Wallace, head of early years at Scottish Book Trust, said: “Bookbug Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the many benefits that come from sharing books, songs and rhymes with your child. Bookbug Week invites every family with young children to take part in the hundreds of free and fun-filled events that are being offered across Scotland to celebrate the joy that comes from sharing books together.”

Funded by the Scottish Government, 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.

The Bookbug programme provides every child in Scotland with four free bags of books, gifting 720,000 books every year. Over 240,000 children in Scotland benefitted last year, with even more set to receive free books in 2016. Bookbug also runs regular free story, song and rhyme events in libraries, shopping centres and other community venues which attracted audiences of over half a million parents and children in 2014-15.

Families can find details of all Bookbug week events by visiting http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/bookbugweek or asking at their local library.