CLiPPA 2024 Shortlisted books on a shelf
Created: 30th April, 2024

Shortlist for the CLiPPA 2024 Announced

Established 21 years ago, each year the CLiPPA highlights the best contemporary poetry for children. Past winners include Carol Ann Duffy, John Agard, Jackie Kay, Michael Rosen and Valerie Bloom as well as current Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate, Joseph Coelho.

The shortlist was revealed at a live online event, hosted by Liz Berry streamed into schools across the UK. As well as celebrating outstanding poetry, the CLiPPA encourages schools to explore the shortlist with their pupils through the Shadowing Scheme, which each year prompts poetry performances in hundreds of classrooms. Children will now be choosing favourite poems from the collections and creating their own poetry performances, either solo or in groups.

This year’s shortlist is particularly exciting, featuring outstanding new collections from both a past winner and frequently shortlisted poet; a carefully compiled anthology exploring the world of feelings; poems describing the everyday lives of young siblings in Guatemala, translated from Spanish; and an emotionally intense collection drawing on the poet’s experience as a wheelchair user after becoming paralysed following an accident.

The full shortlist is:

Award-winning poet Liz Berry is chair of the 2024 judges and says;

“We're so excited to share this year's CLiPPA shortlist with the world: five brilliant and very different books to enchant and transport young readers, listeners and dreamers. Each book on the shortlist is unique and offers something special: there are poems full of feeling, poems to make us laugh and dance, poems to help us see into the hearts and lives of others and feel changed. It's wonderful to see poetry for children flourishing and to discover such diverse and inspiring voices at work. Here, children are equals and collaborators in the poetry magic-making, invited to keep poems as friends for the rest of their lives.”

The Shadowing Scheme is free for schools and launches on 8th May 2024. Schools can register their interest to take part .

The winner will be announced at the CLiPPA Poetry Show, live onstage at the National Theatre, Friday 12th July, before an audience of 1000.