CLiPPA (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award) Shortlist announced :: NEWS
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CLiPPA (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award) Shortlist announced

20 July 2021 Share


The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) have announced the 2021 shortlist for the CLiPPA (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award).

CLiPPA is the UK’s only award for published poetry for children. This year’s shortlist, chosen from books published in 2020, celebrates exceptional poetry for children by brand new voices as well as well-known and loved children’s poets. 

The five books on the shortlist are:

Slam! You’re Gonna Wanna Hear This, chosen by Nikita Gill, Macmillan 

Bright Bursts of Colour, Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff, Bloomsbury Education 

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann, Penguin

Big Green Crocodile Rhymes to Say and Play, by Jane Newberry, illustrated by Carolina Rabei, Otter-Barry Books

On the Move, Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake, Walker Books


The winner of the 2021 CLiPPA will be revealed at the The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, on Monday 11th October, in a Poetry Show introduced by CLiPPA judges, Zaro Weil and Allie Esiri, and featuring performances by the shortlisted poets. Schools across the UK and beyond will be able to watch the show on The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform and access poetry CPD sessions created by CLPE. 

There is a free Shadowing Scheme to involve schools in CLiPPA 2021 and you can register your interest here


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

For further information please visit the website