Bookbug Sessions For Babies & Toddlers

What are they?

Free, friendly, fun sessions of songs, rhymes and stories for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families and carers to enjoy together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and has been designed to support children’s development while having fun. They take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one, and meet other families.


Rhymes and songs help your baby’s language skills and are great building blocks for your baby’s future learning. Sharing time singing with your babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers is a fantastic way to have fun together. And it’s a great place to meet other families. Come along and join in the fun.

Where and when? 

Library Day Time Regularity
Aberlour Library Thursday 1:45pm-2:15pm First Thursday of the month
Buckie Library Thursday 11:00 am Second and Fourth Thursdays of the month
Elgin Library Tuesday 1:30pm Weekly
Elgin Library Wednesday 9:30am Weekly
Forres Library Dates vary currently - please contact Forres Library for details on 01309 672834 or email
Keith Library Dates vary currently - please contact Keith Library for details on 01542 882223 or email
Lossiemouth Library Thursday 10:15am-10:45am First & third Thursday of the month

What is Bookbug?
Bookbug is the book sharing programme delivered in partnership by national reading charity Scottish Book Trust, local authorities, libraries and health trusts. Bookbug encourages parents and carers to share books with their children from as early an age as possible to inspire a love of reading in every child. There are four fantastic free bags of books for young children in Moray:

• Baby Bag: from your health visitor when your baby is 3-5 weeks
• Toddler Bag: from your health visitor when your child is 13-15 months
• Explorer Bag: from nursery when your child is 3
• Primary 1 Family Bag: from school when your child is in P1

Gaelic Bookbug Bags are also available for families interested in Gaelic. Tactile books are available for children with additional support needs alongside their Bookbug Bags.

How do I get a Bookbug bag?
Libraries, health staff and nurseries in Moray work together to try to make sure that all families receive their bag. If by any chance you missed getting a Bookbug bag, contact Elgin Library.

Bookbug’s Library Challenge
Bookbug’s Library Challenge exists to encourage children (and their parents) to become library members and borrow their own books. As they do this, they can collect stamps towards posters created by well-known illustrators.

Why read and sing with my baby or child?
Bookbug aims to help every child in Scotland develop a love of books and reading. Sharing books, songs and rhymes for a few minutes a day will:
• Develop language skills
• Allow time for cuddling and bonding
• Help families to relax
• Boost children’s confidence
• Encourage drawing and writing
• Provide a strong start in life

About Bookbug
Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s national Early Years programme. A national charity, Scottish Book Trust delivers the Bookbug programme locally by working in partnership with local library and education services and third sector organisations. To support local delivery of the Bookbug programme, Scottish Book Trust provides its partners with training, advice and Bookbug bags of books.

For more information about Bookbug, including resources, research, advice and tips visit:

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