CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award)

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. 

Submissions are now closed for CLiPPA 2017. The winner will be announced on 14 July 2017 at the National Theatre, London.

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

Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell, will live draw the Award Ceremony

The Schools Shadowing Scheme running alongside CLiPPA is now open for registrations. To celebrate 15 years of CLiPPA, schools registering early will be offered the opportunity to bring a class to the Award Ceremony at the National Theatre, London on 14 July 2017. Find out more and register here.


CLiPPA 2016

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

The 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

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.

Image Gallery

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

Mandeville Primary performing at CLiPPA 2015

Mandeville Primary performing School Tomorrow - Excuses for Mum 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 Saville Park

Year 5 Saville Park Primary performing The Chase by Joanne Probert and Goldilocks by Carol Bromley from Let in the Stars at CLiP

CLiPPA 2015 Roger McGough the Colour Collector

Roger McGough reads The Colour Collector at the CLiPPA 2015