All Aboard for Bookbug Week 2022!

All aboard Bookbug Week 2022. Photograph: Alasdair Watson

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Today sees the start Bookbug Week, from Monday May 16-Sunday May.

This year’s theme is Bookbug’s Big Journey and to celebrate the launch Bookbug jumped on a vintage bus with families at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow.

Bookbug Week is focusing on all kinds of journeys, whether it’s the excitement of riding on the bus or a train, strolls through the park, an adventure to outer space or even just a trip out in a buggy.

As part of the week, award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt and author Katrina Charman will host a live online event on Thursday, May 19, at 11am. The event will be jam-packed with rhyming fun, and there will be readings of their books, Car, Car, Truck, Jeep and The Whales on the Bus, with a fun draw-along to take part in too. Just visit www.facebook.com/BookbugSBT 

The popular live Bookbug Session on Facebook will run on Friday, May 20 at 10am. Bookbug has recently launched its own Instagram, and members of the public can join in the fun by sharing their own #BookbugWeek pictures and stories.

Families can access Bookbug’s Song and Rhyme library, via Scottish Book Trust’s website, or on the free Bookbug app. There are also fun activities for children available on Scottish Book Trust’s Home Activities Hub. An exciting Bookbug Week competition will run across Bookbug social media this week, and you could be in with a chance of winning a bundle of books and some transport goodies.

Clare Haughey, Minister for Children and Young People said: ‘I am very excited for Bookbug’s Big Journey, knowing families will be able to enjoy sessions in libraries and community settings. Bookbug helps to encourage an early love of books among children while also providing great opportunities for parents and their wee ones to spend time together, having fun and learning.

‘I am very proud that we have a universal national programme in Scotland, which supports all families to enjoy reading with their children from the earliest opportunity.  As well as laying the foundations of early literacy, the Bookbug sessions help to promote positive interactions and attachment for families, which we know is key to children’s health and wellbeing in the long term.

‘I’m delighted that the Scottish Government are able to provide increased funding for 2022/23 of £1.7m for the continuation of the fabulous Bookbug programme.’