CLiPPA

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

Poet Zaro Weil was announced as the winner of our annual poetry award, CLiPPA, for her collection of nature poems, Cherry Moon, published by ZaZaKids Books/Troika Books and illustrated by Junli Song.

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.

From a particularly strong shortlist, the judges also chose to honour Poems the Wind Blew In by Karmelo C. Iribarren, illustrated by Riya Chowdhury, translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel.

The remainder of the  CLiPPA 2020 shortlist is as follows:

Midnight Feasts. Tasty Poems chosen by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Katy Ridell, Bloomsbury. 

The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems, compiled by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Richard Jones, Walker Books. 

Wain. LGBT Reimaginings of Scottish FolkloreRachel Plummer, illustrated by Helene Boppert, The Emma Press. 

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:

Steven Camden - poet and CLiPPA 2019 winner for Everything All At Once

Valerie Bloom - children's poet

Tracey Guiry - Director of the Poetry Archive

Charlotte Hacking – CLPE's Learning Programme Leader.

 

 

 

Our CLiPPA Partners


 We have  partnered with ALCS to educate teachers and children about copyright and the rights of writers. ALCS have produced some handy guides for teachers to download and use with their class which are available to download from this page.

 

 

 

 

 

Any questions about CLiPPA, email us.

All images: Ellie Kurttz

Videos

Karl Nova on the CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA)

Watch the CLiPPA 2018 winner Karl Nova on the award and read his poetry

Whitehill Junior School - CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing School Winner - Dark Sky Park original

Whitehill Junior School - Shadowing Winner - Aleppo Cat by Philip Gross

Petts Hill Primary - CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - Rebound original

Petts Hill Primary - CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - Rebound

Lea Forest Forest Primary - CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - A Kid in My Class original

Lea Forest Forest Primary - CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - A Kid in My Class

St Marys Catholic Primary School- CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - Thinker original

St Marys Catholic Primary School- CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - Thinker

Moorlands Belton CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - Everything All at Once original

Moorlands Belton CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - Everything All at Once