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. This award highlights an important branch of children’s literature, ensuring that it receives proper recognition. The award is presented annually for a book of poetry published in the preceding year.
Submissions are now open for CLiPPA 2017. Publishers are invited to submit books of children’s poetry published in 2016.
The winner will join 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 will be poet Rachel Rooney.
Rachel is 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
The Process for Submissions
Publishers are asked to send six hard copies of the book they are submitting to: Ann Lazim, Literature and Library Development Manager, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, 44 Webber Street, London SE1 8QW by 20th February. On announcement of the shortlist publishers will be asked to send further copies of the books to be used as prizes for schools taking part in at the national shadowing scheme.
For the first time two poets were crowned winners of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award) at a Poetry Show at the National Theatre, London.
Former Children's Laureate, poet, performer and broadcaster Michael Rosen won for his collection A Great Big Cuddle, illustrated by Chris Riddell. He was joined by author and previous CLiPPA shortlisted poet Sarah Crossan for her verse novel, One.
John Hegley, Poet and Chair of the CLiPPA 2016 judges praised the winning books:
“The five shortlisted titles are an exemplary spread of what poetry can be. The winning poets both have their very different inspirations so meticulously architected on the page. As one of the judging panel remarked, together the books proclaim,' it doesn't matter if you're 3 or 16, poetry, is for you!'”
The Poetry Show
The annual Poetry Award is the only one of its kind in the UK, encouraging and celebrating outstanding poetry published for children. The winner’s announcement was made at the finale of The Poetry Show at the National Theatre, a lively celebration of poetry with children at its heart. All of the CLiPPA 2016 shortlisted poets alongside poet and chair of judges John Hegley and winners of the children’s Shadowing Scheme performed to a packed house of poets, educators, publishers, media and schools.
Teaching Sequences for all the books and videos of all the poets reading their work and talking about their writing are available on Poetryline
CLiPPA 2016 Shortlist
Sarah Crossan: One, Bloomsbury Publishing
“Being shortlisted for the CLiPPA award is so special as it recognises my novel as poetry, which is always how I see it. And I’m over the moon to be on the list with such a talented array of poets.” Sarah Crossan
John Lyons: Dancing in the Rain, illustrated by the poet, Peepal Tree Press
“I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the CLiPPA, especially as it gives me the opportunity to make a real connection with younger readers and encourage them to write poetry too!” John Lyons
Roger McGough: Poetry Pie, illustrated by the poet, Puffin Books
“Children are important, poetry is important. Put the two together and you have CLPE.” Roger McGough
Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright (editors): Falling Out of the Sky, Poems about Myths and Monsters, illustrated by Emma Wright, The Emma Press
“We are thrilled that Falling Out of the Sky has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA Award, especially as it’s our first venture into children’s poetry books. We hope we can encourage more poets to write for children, and more bookshops to stock children’s poetry books.” Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
Michael Rosen: A Great Big Cuddle, illustrated by Chris Riddell, Walker
“I’m delighted to be on this shortlist. This book means a lot to me - it’s a collection of views of life as seen from a toddler’s angle so it was a way of looking back at the last toddler I was helping to bring up. But also, I love the way Chris’s pictures have entered that world and brought it to life visually.” Michael Rosen
Shadowing Scheme Winners
More than 1000 children from 80 schools took part in the Shadowing Scheme submitting between them nearly 130 films of children performing their favourite poems from the shortlist. The lucky 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 stage alongside the shortlisted poets before the winner announcement.
The Shadowing Scheme Winners were:
The Gattons Infant School - Reception Class
Emily, Eliot, Thea, Izzy, Isaac and Hollie
Teacher: Andrea Parsons
Merton Park Primary School - Year 5
Hayaat, Ganan, Yusef and Wahab
Teacher: Danielle Mikkelson
Springfield Primary School - Year 6
Devonte, Jahrael, Daniel and Reece
Teacher: Nina Steeples
Highfield Primary School - Year 5
Yekta and Christvie
Teacher: David Wilson
Poet in Residence: Cheryl Moskowitz
All Saints Primary Schools - Year 4
Melody, Atanas, Florence, Elijah, Don, Mena, Danyal, Zyra, Michael, Georgi and Georgia
Teacher: Clare Chambers
Congratulations to the Shadowing School Runners Up:
Highfield Primary School
Middle Park Primary School
Noel Park Academy
Whitefield Primary School
Chair and Judges
This year the Chair of the Judging panel was the much-loved poet John Hegley. John was joined by a range of poetry experts who share a passion for poetry and its place in children’s developing literacy.