Shortlisted books for CLiPPA 2018

This morning, the shortlist for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA) was revealed. There is a free shadowing scheme, which schools can register for. Find out more details here –

There are also plenty of teaching resources available online and schools are invited to send videos of children performing the shortlist to Winning groups will be asked to perform at the Award Ceremony, which takes place on the 22nd June at the National Theatre in London.

Here are the shortlisted poetry books:



  • Sarah Crossan: Moonrise, Bloomsbury – a moving verse novel for young adults, seen from the viewpoint of a young man whose brother is on death row.






  • Joseph Coelho: Overheard in a Tower Block, illustrated by Kate Milner, Otter-Barry Books – a powerful collection, offering glimpses into the challenges of a boy’s life, ingeniously threaded through with fantasy, story, myth and magic.






Rhythm and Poetry, illustrated by Joseph Witchall, Caboodle Books – the first published collection from a Hip Hop poet, demonstrating the currency and significance of rap as a form, especially for young people.






Rising Stars

  • Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama: Rising Stars, Otter-Barry Books, illustrated by Riya Chowdhury, Elanor Chuah and Joe Manners – a showcase for five fresh and exciting emerging writer-performers.





rainmakers danced

  • John Agard: The Rainmaker Danced, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, Hodder – witty and satirical poems that focus on social observations, play with myths and traditional tales and reflect on the nature of humanity.






  • Sue Hardy-Dawson: Where Zebras Go, Otter-Barry Books – a first solo collection uniting a variety of voices with a wide range of poetic forms.





Good luck to all the poets!







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