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.