The CLiPPA celebrates the best poetry for children and the 2020 shortlist is fabulous. 2019 winner, poet Steven Camden introduces the shortlisted collections below.
Midnight Feasts by A F Harrold illustrated by Katy Riddell
Delicious poems about food, reading this feels like sneaking downstairs after bedtime to eat biscuits and giggle!
Poems the Wind Blew In by Karmelo C. Iribarren, translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel, illustrated by Riya Chowdhury
These poems show how small ideas can resonate through everything. I keep this collection with me in my coat pocket – you could too!
The Proper Way to Meet A Hedgehog compiled by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Richard Jones
I opened this book up and fell in. The gorgeous images, ideas and warmth completely got me. I want to share this book with everyone I know.
Wain, Rachel Plummer, illustrated by Helene Boppert
These fantastic poems are inspired by Scottish folklore (e.g. Nessie!) and it made me want to find out more about them: old stories are simply the best.
Cherry Moon by Zaro Weil, illustrated by Junli Song
Reading this is like a soothing wander away from the hectic world, with beautiful snapshots of nature. I was hypnotised.
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