The state-funded initiative gives over 800,000 books to families across Scotland every year
Scottish Book Trust has announced the books chosen for the 2019/20 Bookbug Bags that are distributed free to every baby, toddler and 3-year-old in Scotland. Every year, Bookbug, the Scottish Government-funded initiative, gifts over 800,000 books to families across Scotland.
The new bags will include books by some of the UK's favourite authors and illustrators including Julia Donaldson, Nick Sharratt and Joseph Coelho. The bags also include a selection of materials such as Bookbug CDs, height charts, postcards and crayons.
The books to be distributed free in Bookbug bags in the coming year are as follows:
Bookbug Baby Bag
All About Spot by Eric Hill (Penguin)
One Sleepy Night by Sebastien Braun (Little Tiger)
Baby Says Peekaboo (DK)
Bookbug Toddler Bag
One Mole Digging a Hole by Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt (MacMillan)
Funny Bunnies Up and Down by David Melling (Hachette)
Tuck Me In by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt (Walker Books)
Bookbug Explorer Bag
Car Car Truck Jeep by Katrina Charman & Nick Sharratt (Bloomsbury)
Look & Say What You See in the Town by Sebastien Braun (Nosy Crow)
Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho (Anderson Press)
Marc Lambert, ceo of Scottish Book Trust, said: "We are delighted to be gifting free books to every baby, toddler and three-year-old in Scotland through our Bookbug bags. Every bag contains a fantastic selection of reading material, handpicked by our Early Years experts. We hope families have a wonderful time enjoying these stories together, and can integrate them into their daily routine."
Maree Todd, minister for childcare and early years, said: "It is fantastic that over 800,000 copies of books by nine well-loved authors will be gifted to all children aged 0–3 this year through the hugely successful Bookbug bags. The Scottish Government's aspiration for our children and their families is for Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up. All of our policies for children and young people have one overall aim – to improve the outcomes for every child and young person in Scotland. That is why we provide funding of over £1.6 million each year to Scottish Book Trust for the Bookbug initiative which helps encourage an early love of books."