CLPE announced the shortlist for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2016 at the opening of the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival following a show featuring performances from children and the 2015 shortlisted poets and judges.
Established in 2003, this annual Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.
The shortlist is as follows:
Sarah Crossan for One, Bloomsbury Publishing
A powerful and moving verse novel narrated from the viewpoint of one of a pair of conjoined twins. A significant change in the girls’ lives is documented in verses that are contextualised within a page-turning narrative but also work as standalone poems.
John Lyons for Dancing in the Rain, illustrated by the poet, Peepal Tree Press
This collection provides an insight into the poet’s Trinidadian childhood described by the judges as ‘breath of fresh air’. Readers are treated to poems with themes including the climate, ghosts and ghouls from Caribbean folklore and sharing food with family.
Roger McGough for Poetry Pie, illustrated by the poet, Puffin Books
This collection is an invitation to be excited about poetry and not be limited by the world. Food is a subject often chewed upon whether it’s the fate of a chip summed up in English and French or the delicious variety of ingredients that can be baked in a poetry pie.
Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright (editors) for Falling Out of the Sky, Poems about Myths and Monsters, illustrated by Emma Wright, The Emma Press
This anthology brings together new poems inspired by myths, legends and folk tales. Poems inspired by classical Greek myths join those inspired by Norse myths and traditional tales. An exciting collection that challenges in a way few anthologies for children do.
Michael Rosen for A Great Big Cuddle, illustrated by Chris Riddell, Walker
Subtitled ‘Poems for the Very Young’ this is a collection children can have fun and identify with, enabling them to see the point of poetry. This large and beautiful book is a happy marriage between words and pictures, the illustrations like another version of each poem.
The winner of the 2016 Award will be announced on July 13th 2016 at a ceremony in the Dorfman Theatre at the National Theatre in London. There will be poetry performances by children and the shortlisted poets. The winner of the Award will receive £1000.
for images of the shortlisted poets and editors and short reactions to the news that they have been shortlisted, see