The Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people. Each year an expert panel of adult judges panel choose a shortlist of their favourite science books from entries submitted by publishers. Once the six best books have been selected we hand over the task of picking a winner to those who know best – groups of young people under 14 across the UK. These groups can be formed in any setting, from schools and libraries to scouts/brownies, science centres or youth groups. They form their own judging panels, read and discuss the books and submit their verdict to us – together they decide the winner.
This year, I was delighted when we were picked to be one of this year's Judging Panels. My class were so excited when I unpacked the box that I had to let them all have a good look at the treasures inside.
Each book was greatly admired- and liked for different reasons. Petr Horacek's beautiful illustrations captured their attention immediately in 'A First Book of Animals' whereas they couldn't stop giggling over the facts in 'The Awesome Body Book'.
Robert Winston's 'Home Lab' caused much discussion, with many of the class declaring their intention to try out some of the ideas.
'This Little Pebble' was referred to as 'fascinating' and 'eye catching' and they thought 'If...' was 'full of amazing information'.
'100 Things To Know About Space' tells you things 'in a fun way', making it a 'great read'.
What a short list! Every one of these has something special to offer and would make a welcome addition to any library. Our next step is for the actual judging panel to take a closer look at each title and make some difficult decisions!
You can find out more about the awards on the Royal Society's website.