The bookseller – News – Itchy Coo celebrates 20 years of Scottish-language books

Children’s publisher Itchy Coo, part of Black & White Publishing, is celebrating 20 years of publishing books in Scots.

He will return to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where the imprint was first launched in 2002, next month. The celebrations, led by actress and translator Elaine C Smith, will include stories, rhymes and poems, special appearances and awards.

Co-founders Matthew Fitt and James Robertson have worked in schools and libraries across the country to encourage reading, writing and the Scots language among young people. They have also championed the language at national and international cultural and educational gatherings and conferences.

Fitt said: “Itchy Coo is the most ambitious publishing project Scotland has seen in a long time. From the outset, we hoped to provide our children and young people with the highest quality Scottish books and to improve attitudes towards the Scottish language in Scottish primary and secondary schools. In our 20th anniversary year, we can say without a doubt that we have done both.

Robertson added: “It’s been a very busy 20 years, with lots of ups and downs and lots of laughs along the way. But here we are, with over 80 titles behind us and more to come, knowing that all that hard work has brought joy to hundreds of thousands of children, their families and their schools, and simultaneously given a boost to the Scottish language.

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