Bookbug Week 2016 (16th-22nd May)

bookbug-week-2016Bookbug Week 2016 will take place between 16 and 22 May, with hundreds of free story, song and rhyme events for families with babies and young children held across the country. The theme this year is Bookbug Around the World, an international theme that will inspire children and adults to explore songs and rhymes from around the globe.

Funded by the Scottish Government, Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme and provides every child in Scotland with four free packs of books, and runs free Bookbug Sessions in libraries across the country, with stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families.

Bookbug Week 2016 will see free events taking place in every local authority in Scotland, with special appearances from some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators. This year’s flagship event will take place at The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre in Stirling on Monday 16 May.

Schools and nurseries across the country will be given the opportunity to participate in a free fun-filled webcast with picture book author Ed Vere, streamed live on 20 May and some fantastic Bookbug prizes will also be up for grabs in on-line competitions throughout the week.

Introducing children to books at an early age has many wonderful benefits including building up their confidence and social skills, and giving their speech and language development a real boost. Bookbug Week is the perfect chance to find out more about the Bookbug programme, get involved, meet other families and get ideas to make sharing books, songs and rhymes with children a fun part of each day.

Visit www.scottishbooktrust.com or pop into your local library for more information.

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