Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Scottish Book Trust Announces 2017/18 Bookbug Bag Books

Scottish Book Trust is pleased to announce the books chosen for the 2017/18 Bookbug Bags 
that are distributed free to every baby, toddler and 3-year-old in Scotland. 
Every year Bookbug gifts over one million books to families across Scotland helping children to develop a love of books and promoting 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 (author of The Gruffalo andStick Man), Rod Campbell (author of Dear Zoo!) and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.

Bookbug also gifts Gaelic language editions of the selected titles and tactile books to support children with additional needs.

The Bookbug programme is managed by Scottish Book Trust but run in partnership with libraries, local authorities, health professionals and nurseries. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government.
The books to be distributed free to every baby, toddler and 3-year-old in Scotland in the coming year, are as follows:
Bookbug Baby Bag
  • It's a Little Baby by Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Usborne’s Very First Nursery Rhymes by Rosalinde Bonnet (Usborne)
  • This Little Baby by Sandra Lousada (Campbell Books)
Bookbug Toddler Bag
  • Good Night Like This by Mary Murphy (Walker Books)
  • Early Starters: Who’s that? by Rod Campbell (Campbell Books)
  • Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland & Henrietta Stickland (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Bookbug Explorer Bag
  • The Something by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • The Bus is for Us! by Michael Rosen & Gillian Tyler (Walker Books)
  • The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years at Scottish Book Trust said:
“We are very excited to announce the new titles for this year’s Bookbug Bags. Our expert panel has carefully selected books by fantastic authors and illustrators and we hope that mums, dads and carers will enjoy sharing these stories with their children. Bookbug bags are a fun way to introduce your babies and toddlers to stories, songs and rhymes, and boost their language and listening skills.”
Author Michael Rosen who is included in the Bookbug Explorer Bagsaid:

“I'm delighted that 'The Bus is for Us' has been selected for the Bookbug Explorer Bag.
We need every kind of incentive to get children and families excited by books.
Bookbug is a great project and I'm glad to be part of it.”

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