Itchy Coo is an imprint dedicated to publishing Scots-language titles for children and schools. It began as a collaboration between three writers (myself, James Robertson and Matthew Fitt) and an Edinburgh publisher in 2001, and received Lottery funding from the Scottish Arts Council to publish its first range of titles. The imprint is still in existence, but most of my own titles from the series are now out of print. For this reason, I am republishing some of the texts here.
For a discussion of the founding and early days of Itchy Coo, see my blog Happy Birthday, Swatch! and also the following articles:
‘Mindin the Mither Tongue’ (Scotsman, 17 August, 2002)
‘Scots Language for Schools’ (Contact Magazine, October 2002)
The book of Sweetieraptors (with illustrations by Julie Lacome) is now out of print, although secondhand copies can be found online. The very first version of the poem was published in a free booklet called The Swatch (2000), which used brilliant illustrations drawn by pre-school children from Seabeach Nursery in Portobello. I have included some of these images in the Teachers’ Notes that accompany the text.
‘Rennie’s rhyming couplets are great fun to read aloud and Lacome’s charming illustrations make the meaning clear, even for non (or lapsed) Scots speakers.’ (Scotsman, Hottest Reads for Summer, 2003)
Animal ABC (2002)
**Winner of the 2002 TES/Saltire Society Prize for Educational Publications**
Animal ABC: a Scots Alphabet (with illustrations by Karen Sutherland) is the only one of my Itchy Coo titles still in print. However, I am publishing the full text here (minus the original illustrations), for the use of schools who may want to use the text as a prompt for children’s own illustrations.
Download the full text of Animal ABC.