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 full shortlist for 2017:

  • Booked, by Kwame Alexander. A free verse novel, written in the voice of 12 year old soccer-loving boy. Use our Year 6/7 resources
  • Zim Zam Zoom! by James Carter. Perfectly pitched for the young listener or early reader with plenty of opportunities for joining in. Use our EYFS/Year 1 resources
  • Wonderland; Alice in Poetry by Michaela Morgan (editor). Anthology celebrating the spirit of Wonderland with each poet bringing their own refreshing spin. Use our Year 5/6 resources
  • Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots by Michael Rosen. Quirky, clever poems from those that involve humorous misunderstandings to thoughtful and more intimate musings. Use our Year 2/3/4 resources
  • Moon Juice by Kate Wakeling. A debut collection of poetry that presents magical, strange and unlikely events in a confident and persuasive way. Use our Year 4/5 resources

The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) for a book of poetry for children was launched in 2003 and is the only award for published poetry for children. CLiPPA 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.

Free resources

We write teaching sequences for all the shortlisted books and film the poets reading their poems.  We also interview all the shortlisted poets, asking them to share their thoughts about writing poetry.

Please register your interest for the schools shadowing scheme for the CLiPPA 2018 at [email protected] .

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.


Highfield Primary - Shadowing Winners - Booked by Kwame Alexander

Highfield Primary - Booked - Shadowing Winner

Whitehill Juniors - Shadowing Winners - Jelly Boots Smelly Boots

Whitehill Junior School - Shadowing Winner - Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

St Thomas of Canterbury - Shadowing Winners - Zim Zam Zoom by James Carter

St Thomas of Canterbury - Shadowing Winners - Zim Zam Zoom by James Carter

Alexandra Junior School - Shadowing Winners - Wonderland: AliceInPoetry Ed Michaela Morgan

Alexandra Juniors - Wonderland: Alice in Poetry - Shadowing Winners


Benedict Primary - Moon Juice - Shadowing Winner