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.

Announcing the 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

Look out for the announcement of the winner on 14 July.

Inspire children with poetry - register for the free Schools Shadowing Scheme for CLiPPA 2017

Five winning shadowing groups will be picked from the videos to perform at the Award Ceremony at the National Theatre, participate in performance workshops and meet all of the shortlisted poets. Last year's shadowing groups met poets Michael Rosen and Sarah Crossan plus illustrator and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell

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.

To celebrate 15 years of CLiPPA, schools registering early for the Shadowing Scheme 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.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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.


CLiPPA 2016 Shadowing Scheme Winners Highfield Primary - Maternal Impressions

Y5 Highfield Primary School perform Maternal Impressions by Sarah Crossan

CLiPPA 2016 Shadowing Scheme Winners - All Saints' Primary

Y4 All Saints Primary School perform Poetry Pie by Roger McGough

CLiPPA 2016 Shadowing Scheme Winners Springfield Primary

Y6 Springfield Primary School perform The Furies by Lavinia Singer

CLiPPA 2016 Shadowing Scheme Winners - Merton Park Primary School

Y5 Merton Park Primary Perform Carnival Dance Lesson by John Lyons

CLiPPA 2016 Shadowing Scheme Winners The Gattons Infants

Y1 The Gattons Infants perform Bendy Man by Michael Rosen