Author details

Coo Clayton


Coo Clayton grew up in St Andrews, Fife. She studied Education at Edinburgh University and currently works as a primary teacher. Coo lives with her husband and 3 young children who all help inspire her work. She enjoys writing about family scenarios and combining these with the rich Scottish culture and landscape. Maggie’s Mittens is her first published children’s picture book.

About writer's work

Maggie’s Mittens is a Scottish themed children’s picture book about a wee girl who doesn’t want to wear her mittens. Maggie travels around Scotland visiting various icons along the way. This book was named Waterstones 'Scottish Book of the month’ when it was launched in October 2017. Themes include Journeys, Scotland, Clothes, Scottish Wildlife. I am currently working on another Maggie adventure which is due to be published June 2018.

Websites featuring the author

FacebookBlack & White PublishingAlison Soye IllustrationAlison Soye Facebook

Current events and projects

I’m available to do readings and workshops for children aged 3-7. I’ve done a number of these in various schools, nurseries, libraries and bookstores already. It’s worked best by children coming in groups/classes of 20-30 into a space such as a school library. I read the story to the children and use puppets and props to help bring it alive. I work alongside the illustrator for many of the events we’ve done and she also talks to the children about what her role was in creating the book and then we both work with the children to do various arts and crafts.

We provide the children with their own pair of paper mittens to decorate and various colouring sheets which relate to the story as well. I’ve also done more intimate readings in bookstores as well as addressing over 150 children at a school assembly. (I am also a primary teacher so I'm used to engaging with groups of young children.)

Other work

  • Maggie’s Mittens was named Waterstones book of the month – October 2017
  • Maggie’s Mittens was Included in the ’12 unmissable books for children’ – Herald Oct ‘1
  • Maggie’s Mittens was Book of the Week - press and journal Oct ‘17

Coo has written articles on travel and education for various Edinburgh magazines as well as the Sunday Post.


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

0-4, 5-8

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Books written

Maggie's Monsters

Author(s): Coo Clayton, Alison Soye
Illustrated by: Alison Soye
Maggie loves monsters. All kinds of monsters. But what she’d like best in the world is a real monster to play with.

Maggie's Mittens

Author(s): Coo Clayton, Alison Soye
Illustrated by: Alison Soye
Maggie doesn’t like her mittens. They’re hot. They’re fuzzy. And mum wants her to wear two of them! Maybe she can find them a new owner on her trip around Scotland... somewhere mum won’t notice!