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
- Register your school here
- Plan for 5 - 22 June to be the period to bring poetry to life in your classroom
- Look at the teaching resources and films on Poetryline
- Purchase the shortlisted book you want to shadow or the full set at a 20% discount from Letterbox Library
- Use the free teaching resources to inspire your class and create a poetry classroom for 3 weeks
- If you wish, send us videos of your children performing from the shortlisted books as individuals, groups or as a class. Please name the video file(s) using the following convention: School Name_Year group_Shortlisted Book - (e.g. StMarysBristol_Year2_JellyBootsSmellyBoots). Email the video to [email protected] using a free large file transfer service - we recommend WeTransfer no later than 5pm on 22 June.
- All participating schools will receive a signed certificate
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
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.