The Scottish Book Trust, home of Bookbug, states “Bookbug is Scotland’s universal early year’s book gifting programme and aims to inspire a love of stories, songs and rhymes from birth.” Throughout their early years, every child should receive four Bookbug bags containing books, and other resources which facilitate families to share songs and rhymes and supports all areas of child development.
Many CALA Family Practitioners are privileged to be able to deliver Bookbug Sessions, which are free, organised sessions held for children and their care-givers to share in songs, rhymes and a story on a regular basis. These sessions have moved online in recent months and toddler groups are loving the opportunity to get together – albeit virtually – to share songs and rhymes together and listen to a story.
The number of groups requesting Bookbug sessions is increasing each week. Over the last five weeks, eight groups have begun to meet regularly in Inverness-shire, Caithness, Easter Ross and Sutherland, with more set to follow. This includes two Gaelic groups for families speaking or learning the language. Feedback from families shows appreciation for the opportunity to participate in a shared, fun-filled activity with their wee ones. Adults have commented too on the importance of this connection with other families at this time when so many feel isolated. Following on from the Bookbug session, many practitioners also give an idea of a linked play@home activity supporting children’s development, which families may wish to do over the following week. Take a look at the following video for how Bookbug sessions can benefit your child’s development:
We also encourage families to consider downloading the Bookbug Songs and Rhymes App, which is a fantastic resource with lots of ideas of songs and rhymes that can be shared throughout the day. Free to download and use, it’s possible to make your own playlist featuring your current favourites, find songs and lyrics and useful actions. A treasure trove is just ready to be explored by your family!
If you are keen to join a Bookbug session, please contact your Family Services Practitioner or the CALA office for more details on 01463 222569.