CLiPPA 2022 – Shortlist Announced!

7 May, 2022

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) announced the 2022 shortlist for the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) at a live event at the Manchester Poetry Library attended by pupils from schools across the city.

Set up in 2003, the CLiPPA is the UK’s leading award for published poetry for children. This year’s shortlist features collections by widely-known and well loved poets, with four of the five titles coming from smaller, independent publishers.

Commenting on the shortlist, chair of judges and poet Philip Gross said: ‘This year’s crop of books shows the diverse energies of children’s poetry exploding in all directions … There seems to be a new confidence in the air, among publishers as well as writers – building on poetry’s full resources, searching out new growing points.’

Alongside the award, CLPE runs a Shadowing Scheme, providing free teaching resources and videos to help schools explore the shortlisted collections.  All participating schools can also enter videos of their pupils performing a chosen poem and win the chance to perform at the award ceremony in July. This year, the Shadowing Scheme will begin on 17th May. Find out how your school can get involved here.

Cover shots of the five shortlisted titles for the CLiPPA 2022


The 2022 CLiPPA shortlist:

Caterpillar Cake: Read-Aloud Poems to Brighten Your Day by Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Krina Patel-Sage (Otter-Barry Books)

Cloud Soup by Kate Wakeling, illustrated by Elina Braslina (The Emma Press)

Stars With Flaming Tails by Valerie Bloom, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max (Otter-Barry Books)

The Crossing by Manjeet Mann (Penguin)

Being Me: Poems About Thoughts, Worries and Feelings by Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Laura Mucha, illustrated by Victoria Jane Wheeler (Otter-Barry Books)

The winner of the CLiPPA 2022 will be revealed at a special award ceremony in London on 8th July where the young  winners of the Shadowing Scheme competition will have the opportunity to perform alongside all the shortlisted poets. The event will be streamed live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall into schools across the UK.

For more children’s book awards, click here.

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