Families have listened to more than 400,000 songs and nursery rhymes on the new Bookbug app, the Scottish Book Trust has revealed.
The free app was launched in January to help families access the Bookbug programme, which is about sharing books with children from birth. The most popular song on the app is Pop a Little Pancake, listened to 22,916 times, followed by Sprog Rock's Nursery Rhyme Raps (19,473).
A traditional Scottish nursery rhyme, Katie Bairdie, is third on the list, and has been listened to 16,532 times.
For this year’s Bookbug Week (13-19th May), 40 new songs have been added to the app, including The Jeely Piece Song, If You’re Happy and You Know It and Tiny Tim the Turtle. There is also new Gaelic content, such as Halò a h-uile duine, Ciamar a tha thu? and Sùilean, Cluasan, Sròn is Beul. The app provides lyrics some songs come with videos demonstrating actions.
Marc Lambert, c.e.o. of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We’re delighted that the Bookbug app has been so popular with parents and carers. Integrating songs and rhymes into your daily routine is a fantastic way to bond with your child, and also helps develop language skills. We hope parents and carers across Scotland with enjoy the new content on the Bookbug app, whether in English, Scots or Gaelic.”
Scottish Book Trust also offers free Bookbug reading sessions at libraries across the country.
The app’s current top ten:
1. Pop a Little Pancake (22,916)
2. Sprog Rock's Nursery Rhyme Raps (19,473)
3. Katie Bairdie (16,532)
4. Ally Bally (15,828)
5. Wheels on the Bus (15,115)
6. Five Little Monkeys (14,778)
7. The Hello Song (14,578)
8. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep (13,947)
9. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (13,813)
10. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (11,966)