Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people, and aims to inspire under 14’s to get stuck into science and build confidence in their reading.

A shortlist of six fantastic books were chosen in May by a panel of adult judges from entries submitted by publishers. This year’s shortlist includes books for all ages spanning everything from bodies to space and volcanoes to hands on experiments.

Over the last 5 months, this shortlist has been judged by over 350 groups, made of over 3,000 young people from across the UK – together they decide the winner. These groups can be formed in any schools, libraries, science centres or youth groups, who can meet, discuss the books and decide which book they think is the best.

The announcement of the winner of the prize will be made on 20 November 2017, as part of a day of celebration with local schools in Glasgow. Look out for our special feature on the winning book and author!

To find out more about the prize, get involved as a judging panel, and browse the 2017 shortlist please visit or contact us at

2017 Shortlist

A First Book of Animals (Walker Books) By Nicola Davies, illustrated by Petr Horáček, ISBN: 978-1-4063-5963-3
100 things to know about Space (Usborne Publishing Ltd) By Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin, illustrated by Shaw Nielsen and Federico Mariani, ISBN: 978-1-4095-9392-8
Home Lab (DK) By Robert Winston, ISBN: 978-0-2412-2844-9
This Little Pebble (Hachette Children’s Group) By Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Sally Garland, ISBN: 978-1-4451-4969-1
The Awesome Body Book (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) By Adam Frost, ISBN: 978-1-4088-6235-3
IF… A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers (Hachette Children’s Group) By David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams, ISBN: 978-0-7502-9384-6

This blog post was written by Emma Slater, and the views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the FCBG. 

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