The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is the only award for published poetry for children in the UK. Established in 2003, the annual Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.
CLiPPA 2020 Winner
In a year of outstanding poetry publishing for children, the judges were particularly impressed by the thoughtfulness and variety of Weil’s poetry, the opportunities Cherry Moon offers for sharing poems aloud, and because, after months of lockdown, her book answers children’s growing need for poetry and the outdoors.
The remainder of the CLiPPA 2020 shortlist is as follows:
The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems, compiled by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Richard Jones, Walker Books.
The announcement of the 2020 Award was revealed on Friday 9 October, in a live Poetry Show, part of the The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and introduced by CLiPPA judges, poets Valerie Bloom and Steven Camden. The Poetry Show featured performances by the shortlisted poets as well as live drawing by former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and was watched by thousands of children in schools across the UK and beyond.
View the CLiPPA 2020 shortlist announcement by Michael Rosen
Schools are now invited to explore the poems in Cherry Moon, Poems the Wind Blew In and the other shortlisted collections through CLPE’s hugely popular Shadowing Scheme launched alongside the announcement of the winner.
Register your interest in the CLiPPA 2020 Shadowing Scheme
Find out more about the Festival's programme.
Find out more about the CLiPPA live poetry show.
Find out more about CLPE's CPD Poetry session at this year's festival.
For the new decade, we are delighted to have introduced a new look for the award! Our new logo is paired with the announcement of the CLiPPA 2020 judging panel.
The Chair of judges for this year's award is CLPE Patron and Children's poet, Michael Rosen. He is joined by experts in the world of children's poetry including:
Valerie Bloom - children's poet
Tracey Guiry - Director of the Poetry Archive
Charlotte Hacking – CLPE's Learning Programme Leader.
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All images: Ellie Kurttz