Good news about funding for children’s books here:

The Scottish Booktrust is to receive £1.05 million from the Scottish Government to enable it to continue its Bookbug reading programme for young children in 2011-12.

Today’s announcement will enable the Scottish Government to maintain funding for the Scottish Booktrust next year, at the current level of £1.05 million.

It will be used to support the Bookbug Programme which provides free books to all children in Scotland – at six weeks, 18 months, three years and in Primary 1. There are also Bookbug sessions in libraries and communities across the country.

The Scottish Government has also been working with the SBT to improve take up and coverage of the scheme in deprived communities, including better joint working through the Play, Talk, Read campaign.