In Scotland, there is a great initiative by the Scottish Book Trust called ‘Bookbug’. As well as running free song and rhyme sessions across the country – I used to take Oskar to these at our local library when he was a baby – Bookbug gifts free book bags to every child in Scotland, a total of four bags from birth to Primary 1. There’s a Baby Bag (which they get in their first year), a Toddler Bag (which they get between ages 1 and 2), an ‘Explorer Bag’ (previously ‘Pirate Bag’, for age 3), and the Primary 1 Bag. Because we were out of the country for a few years, we haven’t had all these bags for both boys, but I remember Oskar getting his Baby Bag and Toddler Bag, and now that Mr Fox has turned 3 he recently received his Explorer Bag through nursery.
Alongside a selection of books, the bags contain some other goodies too, to explore and develop a love of reading, such as CDs with songs, rhymes and stories. In our latest bookish YouTube video, Mr Fox and I reveal what’s in the latest Explorer Bag! You can watch the video here >> Bookbug Explorer Bag Reveal
If you are not lucky enough to be eligible for one of these great bags, you can still check out the books – we’ve introduced them in the video and included all the details for you to follow up – and you can find digital copies of the CDs to listen to for free on the Scottish Book Trust website >> Bookbug CDs The website also has other great resources, such as a Song and Rhyme Library, and lists of books on different themes.
So, it’s a big thank you from us to the Scottish Book Trust! We hope you enjoy our video, and please do go and check out the Bookbug resources.