CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) 2017 shortlist announced

CLiPPA 2017 - shortlist

CLPE is delighted to announce the 2017 shortlist for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA).

Established in 2003, CLiPPA encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.

2017 is the 15th anniversary of the award, which remains the only annual award in the UK for published poetry for children. 

Photo credit: Michael Thorn

 

The full shortlist is:

  • Kwame Alexander: Booked, Andersen Press - A free verse novel, written in the voice of 12 year old soccer-loving boy.
  • James Carter: Zim Zam Zoom!, illustrated by Nicola Colton, Otter-Barry Books - Perfectly pitched for the young listener or early reader with plenty of opportunities for joining in.
  • Michaela Morgan (editor): Wonderland; Alice in Poetry, Macmillan - Anthology celebrating the spirit of Wonderland with each poet bringing their own refreshing spin.
  • Michael Rosen: Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots, illustrated by David Tazzyman, Bloomsbury - Quirky, clever poems from those that involve humorous misunderstandings to thoughtful and more intimate musings.
  • Kate Wakeling: Moon Juice, illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa, The Emma Press - A debut collection of poetry that presents magical, strange and unlikely events in a confident and persuasive way. 

Watch Rachel Rooney, Poet and Chair of the CLiPPA 2017 Judges announcing the shortlist 

The free Shadowing Scheme to involve schools in the Poetry Award 2017 is now open.

In 2016 over 3900 children participated in the Shadowing Scheme and this year it is set to be even more successful with a record number of pre-registrations. The Shadowing Scheme gives children an opportunity to enjoy literacy with tremendous vigour and high expectations. Exploring and performing poetry demonstrates how children can work to high standards and still enjoy a thrilling experience that will remain with them for a long time.

Watch Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi open the Shadowing Scheme 

As part of the Shadowing Scheme, a competition will see children from winning schools invited to perform on stage at the Award Ceremony. Schools are also invited to apply for tickets to attend the Award Ceremony which will encompass a Poetry Show with all the shortlisted poets.  All schools, regardless of whether they are participating in the Shadowing Scheme, can take poetry into the classroom supported by free high quality resources including films of shortlisted poets performing and accompanying teaching resources; available on CLPE’s Poetryline website

For further information about the award, the shadowing scheme or to download more information about the shortlisted books please visit https://www.clpe.org.uk/poetry