CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award)

The winner of the CLiPPA 2017 is Kate Wakeling for Moon Juice. The announcement was made at the finale of the Poetry Show at the Olivier, National Theatre on 14 July 2017 which featured performances from talented young poets from the five winning shadowing schools and performances from Kate Wakeling and two other CLiPPA 2017 shortlisted poets James Carter and Michaela Morgan. Booked by Kwame Alexander, published by Andersen Press, was highly commended.

The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) for a book of poetry for children was launched in 2003. This is the only award for published poetry for children, highlighting an important branch of children’s literature and ensuring that it receives proper recognition. The award is presented annually for a book of poetry published in the preceding year. 

The CLiPPA 2017 Shortlistees were:

Booked by Kwame Alexander – Year 6/7 resources

Wonderland: Alice in Poetry Ed. Michaela Morgan – Year 5/6 resources

Moon Juice by Kate Wakeling, illus. Elina Braslina – Year 4/5 resources

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots by Michael Rosen, illus. David Tazzyman – Year 2/3/4 resources

Zim Zam Zoom! by James Carter, illus. Nicola Colton – EYFS/Year 1 resources


The 2017 winner Kate Wakeling joins an incredible past line up of winners from the world of children’s poetry including Sarah Crossan, Michael Rosen, Joseph Coelho, Roger McGough, George Szirtes, Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Gross and John Agard.

This year the Chair of the Judging panel was poet Rachel Rooney.

Rachel was joined by a range of poetry experts who share a passion for poetry and its place in children’s developing literacy.

Sarah Crossan - Poet and CLiPPA 2016 joint winner for One
Caleb Femi – poet and the Young People's Laureate for London
Charlotte Hacking - CLPE Learning Programme Leader
Imogen Russell Williams - Children’s book critic and editorial consultant

Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell, did live drawing at the Award Ceremony

The Schools Shadowing Scheme running alongside CLiPPA  was extremely successful this year. More than 6000 children from 196 schools from across the UK took part in the Shadowing Scheme, an increase of more than 160% on schools participating in 2016. The Shadowing Schools submitted 250 films of children performing their favourite poems from the shortlist and the winning performers were invited to the National Theatre to meet the shortlisted poets and take part in specially planned theatre workshops. The winning children then performed on the Olivier stage alongside the shortlisted poets before the winner announcement.

The CLiPPA is made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England, Crest Nicholson, The Ernest Cook Trust and St Olave's Foundation Fund.



Image Gallery
  • CliPPA 2017 - Kate Wakeling
  • CLiPPA 2017 - peformance

Joseph Coelho winning the CLiPPA 2015

Joseph Coelho winning the CLiPPA 2015

Hilda Offen at the CLiPPA 2015

Hilda Offen reading Letter at the CLiPPA 2015

Joseph Coelho at the CLiPPA 2015

Joseph Coelho reading Miss Flotsam at the CLiPPA 2015

Rachel Rooney at the CLiPPA 2015

Rachel Rooney reading Liar at the CLiPPA 2015

Valerie Bloom at the CLiPPA 2015

Valerie Bloom reading Keeping Wicket at the CLiPPA 2015

Louise Greig at the CLiPPA 2015

Louise Greig reading The Shape of Anne Frank's Soul at CLiPPA 2015

CLiPPA 2015 Merton Park Primary

Y6 Merton Park Primary performing Still-Hip Dad Looks Back at CLiPPA 2015

CLiPPA 2015 Noel Park Primary

Y1 Noel Park Primary performing When I Grow Up at CLiPPA 2015

CLiPPA 2015 Roger McGough the Colour Collector

Roger McGough reads The Colour Collector at the CLiPPA 2015