Bookbug’s Giggly Grand Tour of Glasgow
  • You are here: Home
  • News
  • Bookbug’s Giggly Grand Tour of Glasgow
Glasgow life

Bookbug’s Giggly Grand Tour of Glasgow

More than 30 tots and their families descended on Knightswood Library yesterday (Wednesday) to help the Bookbug launch his Giggly Grand Tour of Glasgow, as part of Scottish Book Trust’s annual, nationwide celebration of reading and rhyme, Bookbug Week.

Running from 15th – 20th May, more than 1,000 Glaswegians are expected to catch the reading bug in libraries and community centres city-wide as the Giggly Grand Tour sweeps through the city. 

Andrew Olney, Head of Glasgow Libraries, said: “I’m delighted that Bookbug will be coming on tour to Glasgow Libraries and Community Centres to open young children’s minds up to the wonder of books and story-time, enabling our youngest citizens to reap the benefits of reading throughout the whole of their life.

“Bookbug week offers the youngest Glaswegians the chance to explore the magical world of books whilst aiding child development, but it’s also about families coming together to have fun and spend time learning and playing together. I would urge all families across Glasgow to head along to the fantastic Bookbug Week Bounce & Rhyme, Toddlers Tales, Play & Share and story-time sessions to introduce their youngest members to the joy of sharing stories, songs and rhymes.”

The seventh annual Bookbug Week, devised to support parents and children to develop a love of reading together, offers young people the opportunity to engage in dozens of exciting free events including author appearances, Bounce & Rhyme sessions and the chance to meet Bookbug.

Lucky Bounce & Rhymers will be able to meet Bookbug when his tour visits special Bounce & Rhyme sessions throughout the week, beginning on Tuesday (16th) at Castlemilk Community Centre, and visiting Gorbals, Ibrox, Possilpark and Shettleston along the way.

And from 2pm – 4pm on Saturday (21st May), the Giggly Grand Tour will fill the Gallery of Modern Art with nursery rhymes and songs as families with tots aged 0-2 are invited to take part in a special Bounce & Rhyme session with Bookbug inside Glasgow’s iconic museum.

Alongside Bookbug’s Giggly Grand Tour, more than 40 ‘Big Giggle’ themed Bounce & Rhyme sessions, will be held in every library city-wide. 

Plus, tots and their families will also have the chance to have fun through story-time sessions packed full of puppets, play, animals and fairies with renowned storyteller Macastory in Shettleston and Springburn Libraries, whilst Alan Windram invites youngsters to meet Farmer Mac for storytelling, songs and fun with his tales of ‘Mac and Bob’ in Knightswood and Pollok.

And, don’t forget, if you do head along to any of the Bookbug week sessions across the city, make sure you sign up to this year’s Bookbug Challenge for your child’s chance to collect stickers and certificates as they discover everything their local library has to offer. 

It’s really easy to get involved with the challenge - all you have to do head to your local library, sign up and start borrowing books. Children will love getting stamps on their special collector’s card each time they borrow a book and with 10 beautifully illustrated certificates to collect they’ll be keen to head back week after week.

For more information on Bookbug week and to find out more about the range of services on offer at Glasgow’s 33 libraries, please visit

Glasgow Life Logo