Bookbug Scotland’s flagship event will be held at Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian on May 20.
Babies, toddlers and their parents are invited to gather at the park to enjoy mini adventures, wild rhymes, exciting stories and energetic songs at the free event, which will be based around the theme of Bookbug’s Big Adventure.
The Midlothian Ranger Service will lead exploration expeditions, and the Bookbug itself is rumoured to be making an appearance. Picture book author Catherine Rayner will be holding a snapping, roaring and live drawing session.
Councillor Lisa Beattie (SNP), Cabinet Member for Libraries Services from Midlothian Council, said: “We are really excited that the Midlothian Libraries Service was chosen to host this year’s prestigious launch of Bookbug Week. This is a really great event and Bookbug sessions are so popular here it is difficult to keep up with demand. Parents and toddlers value the support and help library staff and volunteers put into these fun sessions which help develop literacy, numeracy and social skills, which are so important for a great start in life.”
Bookbug Week is an annual celebration of the Bookbug programme, with hundreds of free events taking place across the country between 20 and 26 May.
Anna Gibbons, Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme Manager, said: “We’re very proud of Bookbug Week, our annual celebration of the Bookbug programme, run in partnership with Scottish library services. Thousands of families come together to celebrate reading with their children at hundreds of libraries across Scotland.
“Bookbug hopes that everyone will join in with his Big Adventure and spread the message that sharing books with young children is free, fantastic and fun!”
Bookbug also runs regular free story, song and rhyme events called Bookbug Sessions, which had a total of 16,899 participants in 2012/13 in Midlothian.
For details of local Bookbug Week events, visit www.scottishbooktrust.com/bookbug or ask at your local library.