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Bookbug

The Bookbug book gifting programme gives every child four free packs of books between birth and primary 1, without any need to register. It also runs free song and rhymes sessions in libraries and community centres across Scotland.

We deliver Bookbug in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust, who we provide with a grant each year to operate the programme. In 2017 to 2018 the grant was around £1.67 million.

Find more information on the Scottish Book Trust website.

Assertive Outreach programme

In 2012 the Scottish Book Trust launched the Assertive Outreach programme to introduce the principles of Bookbug sessions into the homes of Scotland's most vulnerable families.

Local authority, health, and third sector staff and volunteers are trained to deliver mini Bookbug sessions and activities in the home environment.

The Assertive Outreach programme was rolled out over four years from 2012.

Find case studies and an evaluation of the Assertive Outreach programme on the Scottish Book Trust website.