CLiPPA - The CLPE Poetry Award

Valerie Bloom CLiPPA 2022

The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is the only award solely presented for published poetry for children in the UK. Established in 2003, the annual Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.

Valerie Bloom (Photo Ellie Kurttz) won the CLiPPA 2022 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award) with a collection, Stars with Flaming Tails, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max (Otter-Barry Books), described as “a passport to the whole world”.

The announcement took place at the CLiPPA award show at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 8th July. The show featured performances from all the shortlisted poets, children from schools across the UK and live illustrations by Chris Riddell and was hosted by poet and 2021 CLiPPA winner Michael Rosen. Children from schools across the UK made up the audience with young winners of the Shadowing Scheme performing poems from each of the shortlisted collections live on stage alongside the poets.

The full CLiPPA 2022 shortlist is:

View a recording of the CLiPPA 2022 Award Show 

The 2022 Award show ended an amazing programme of CLiPPA events with the announcement of the shortlist at special event at the new Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University hosted by poet Ruth Awolola with children and poets reading from the shortlisted collections and celebrations at The Globe, London on 20 June, as part of the Poetry By Heart competition finals.

Alongside the CLiPPA to promote the teaching of poetry in schools, we run a Schools Shadowing Scheme.

The Shadowing Scheme is an important part of the award process. The CLiPPA is an award for children’s poetry and the shadowing scheme is a fantastic way for children to be an integral part of the celebrations. When the shortlisted collections are announced, our team of expert teachers write detailed planning linked to each collection which focuses on the appreciation, performance, response to and writing of poetry. Schools can register to take part in the shadowing scheme and receive updates and links to the materials when they are released. As part of the process, groups and individual children can pick a poem that they have particularly enjoyed and film a performance of this to submit to the shadowing scheme judges. The judges pick a winner for each collection, who will then be invited to perform at the award ceremony.The winners will have a wonderful experience on the day and will have the opportunity to meet the shortlisted poets who will be performing alongside them on stage in the award show.

View the winning schools video submissions for the Shadowing Scheme 2022.  

Special discount on books from the CLiPPA shortlist 2022 from Peters Books 

The Shadowing Scheme 2022 is closed and finalists for the CLiPPA 2022 have now been chosen. View the winning schools video submissions.  


The CLiPPA 2021

The CLiPPA 2021 shortlist and winners 

Michael Rosen was the winner of the CLiPPA 2021 for On the Move, Poems About Migration (published by Walker books and illustrated by Quentin Blake). 

The announcement of the Award was made at the sold-out Poetry Show hosted by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on Monday 11 October 2021, in a live Poetry Show, introduced by Allie Esiri and CLiPPA judge, poet Zaro Weil, winner of the 2020 CLiPPA. The Poetry Show featured performances by Michael Rosen and the other shortlisted poets Nikita Gill,  Matt Goodfellow, Manjeet Mann and Jane Newberry  and they were accompanied by another former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who illustrated their poems live on stage. The CLiPPA Poetry Show is available for schools everywhere to watch online and free of charge on The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform.

The shortlist for the 2021:


Shadowing Winners for 2021

Shadowing winners have been divided into 4 star and 5 star winners. 

The following are 4 Star Shadowing Winners:

Year 3 Swaffield School, Wandsworth performing Cheers from Bright Bursts of Colour by Matt Goodfellow

Reception, Glebe Primary performing Big Green Crocodile from Big Green Crocodile by Jane Newberry

Rebecca of Norwich Road Academy performing from Yours Hopefully On the Move by Michael Rosen

And the 5 Star Shadowing Winners are as follows:

Year 6, Sandringham Primary performing Difficult from Bright Bursts of Colour by Matt Goodfellow;

Year 3, Clarendon Primary Centre performing Spots and Stripes from Big Green Crocodile by Jane Newberry

Year 5 Manor Leas Primary School performing Water from On the Move by Michael Rosen

    The CLiPPA is delivered in partnership with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and supported by Arts Council England. 

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    CLiPPA 2022 Show from the Southbank 8 July 2022


    View our CLiPPA Shadowing video


    Karl Nova on the CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA)