Roger McGough, Valerie Bloom and Tony Mitton are about to choose the best poetry book for primary children of 2005 from the CLPE Poetry Award shortlist of five: The Carnival of Animals, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura and edited by Gerard Benson, Judith Chernaik and Cicely Herbert (Walker Books); The Crocodile is Coming! by June Crebbin, illustrated by Mini Grey (Walker Books); She's All That! Poems about Girls, edited by Belinda Hollyer, illustrated by Susan Hellard (Kingfisher); Cock Crow: Poems about life in the countryside, edited by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Egmont), and Why Does My Mum Always Iron a Crease in My Jeans?, edited by Fiona Waters (Puffin). The winner will be announced in early July.
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