Bookstart for young readers relaunched as Bookbug

The Shetland Bookstart programme for young readers has been relaunched by Shetland Library this month as Bookbug.

The change is in line with national developments by the Scottish Book Trust, which runs the project. A new mascot has also been unveiled, which is the creation of Scottish children’s author and illustrator Debi Gliori.

Bookbug is a book gifting programme for “early years” readers, linked to national educational and parenting policies. Free book packs are given to youngsters at age six weeks, 18 months, three years and in primary one. The programme also links with events at the library.

The new packs are intended to have a reduced environmental impact, and contain more inclusive content on dyslexia, bilingualism and more.

Councillor Florence Grains said: “I am delighted with the new programme and its continued aim to get more parents sharing books with their children.”

A new website has now been launched, with advice and information about Bookbug. It can be found at


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