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Bookbug West Lothian

Bookbug is Scotland's universal early years book gifting programme and aims to inspire a love of stories, songs and rhymes from birth.

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About Bookbug

Bookbug encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with their children from as young an age as possible, developing a lifelong love of books. 

Sharing stories, songs and rhymes with babies and young children has many benefits including supporting children's language, learning and social skills. It's fun, free and simple, and the benefits will last their lifetime.

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Bookbug sessions

Discover the benefits of sharing stories, songs and rhymes with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to give them the best start in life.

Booking is required unless specified otherwise.  Full contact details for each library are available on the monthly programme and the individual library webpages: Your Library


Gaelic Bookbug sessions in West Lothian Libraries 

Please note: There will be no Gaelic Bookbug sessions in May at East Calder Library and Simpson Library, Bathgate due to the public holidays.  The session days will be changing at East Calder & Simpson Libraries from June due to changes to the tutor's schedule. We will provide the new days, dates and times below as soon as we have these confirmed.  We apologise for any inconvenience.  


Our Gaelic Bookbug sessions are fun filled song and rhyme sessions with the added bonus of learning some Gaelic with your child. 

You don't need any Gaelic speaking or reading experience to attend, just the enthusiasm to learn whilst helping your child learn too!

Booking essential, please contact the library you wish to attend to reserve a place:

Simpson Library (Bathgate) - New day & date TBC  For more information or to book please call: 01506 282910 or email: Simpson Library (opens new window)

East Calder Library - New day & date TBC For more information or to book please call: 01506 284020 or email: East Calder Library (opens new window)

Linlithgow Library - Wednesday 8th May at 10.45am - For more information or to book please call: 01506 283880 or email: East Calder Library (opens new window)


Gaelic Bookbug sessions are led by Kirsteen Murray, Early Years Manager and Development Officer at Comann nam Pàrant, the national parents' advice and support organisation on Gaelic Medium Education.


Bookbug Library Challenge

This is a free programme that encourages children up to four years old to discover and enjoy their local library. All those taking part are given a collector's card and can collect a selection of beautifully illustrated certificates along the way. 

Five easy steps to starting Bookbug's Library Challenge:

  • Enrol your child at the library
  • Ask for your Bookbug Library Challenge Collector Card
  • Collect a stamp for each library visit
  • Receive a beautiful certificate when the card is full and automatic entry to our monthly prize draw to win an 18cm Bookbug toy
  • Get a new Collector card and start again


Colouring sheets to download and print:

West Lothian Libraries - Bookbug session videos


Download the Bookbug's Songs and Rhymes app (opens new window) to enjoy Bookbug songs and rhymes

Find us on the West Lothian Bookbug Facebook page (opens new window) 

Visit the Scottish Book Trust (opens new window) website for more information about Bookbug and how to help your child learn to love books.