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Shortlist announced for CLPE Children's Poetry Award 2014 | 22-May-14

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) has announced the shortlist for the 2014 Children?s Poetry Award. The five shortlisted books are:

  • Poems to Perform, Julia Donaldson (editor), illustrated by Clare Melinsky, Macmillan
  • The Dragon with a Big Nose, by Kathy Henderson, Frances Lincoln.
  • Bookside Down, Joanne Limburg, Salt Publishing.
  • Wayland, The Tale of the Smith from the Far North, Tony Mitton, illustrated by John Lawrence, David Fickling Books.
  • Cosmic Disco, Grace Nichols, illustrated by Alice Wright, Frances Lincoln.
The judging panel is chaired by Roger McGough and the panel also includes George Szirtes, Poet and 2013 Award Winner as well as our own Poetry Librarian, Chris McCabe.

The CLPE Poetry Award is the only award in the UK for published children's poetry. Roger McGough said, "It was thrilling to be part of this children?s poetry award and we were excited by the range and variety of the poetry we read. At the same time it was saddening that there weren't more submissions. It is essential that organisations such as CLPE continue to highlight the importance of published children's poetry and give it the status it deserves in the world of children's literature."

Previous winners of the prize include Roger McGough, Philip Gross, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, John Agard and Grace Nichols.

The winner of the 2014 Award will be announced at a ceremony on 17 July 2014 which will be held at King's Cross. There will be poetry performances by children and adults and the winner of the Award will receive £1000 and a specially bound version of his or her book created by the bookbinder and artist Mark Cockram.

CLPE and the award's new sponsor, King's Cross Central Limited Partnership, will launch a campaign in June to involve local schoolchildren in the Award and engage them with poetry. Shortlisted poems will be reproduced and displayed around the King's Cross Development area and CLPE will produce clues to a 'poetry trail'.

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