Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlist announced

The Royal Society has today announced the six inspiring science books that make up this year’s Young People’s Book Prize shortlist.

Publishers across the UK have submitted their best recent science books for young people to the 2015 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and now an expert adult judging panel has narrowed them down to six carefully selected books.

The winning book will now be selected entirely by groups of young people from over 100 schools and youth groups across the UK. These groups will judge all the shortlisted books and choose the final winner.

The six books shortlisted by the judges are:

  • 365 Science Activities, Various Authors (Usborne)
  • The judges said: “Children are hard-wired to do experiments, to handle things with their own hands, to get a feel for how things work and why they work. This book is a wonderful resource for children who want to create their own experiments and find out more about how everything around them works.”

  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor, by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs (Amulet)
  • The judges said: “It’s a great balance of English and Science and if you are interested in either of those things, this is really the book to read this year.”

  • Jake’s Bones, by Jake McGowan-Lowe (Octopus Books)
  • The judges said: “This book has a wonderful personal feel. It’s the story of one boy’s collection and his own fascination with bones. It will push children not just to learn from a book but also to go out and explore the countryside.”

  • Night Sky Watcher, by Raman Prinja (QED Publishing Inc.)
  • The judges said: “Night Sky Watcher is a great introduction to stars and will definitely get you out looking for them. It introduces you to well-known stars and constellations like The Plough and Leo and then encourages you to star hop to planets and galaxies you may not have come across before, all the while explaining our amazing universe.”

  • Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes, by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
  • The judges said: “You might not have even heard of microbes before reading this book however it brings to life beautifully what they are and why they are so important. It’s also an absolutely gorgeous picture book.”

  • Utterly Amazing Science, by Professor Robert Winston (DK)
  • The judges said: “It’s a lovely book. The pop-ups beautifully illustrate a whole wide range of science from atomic science to volcanic eruptions. We also think the hand-on experiments it suggests will be very popular with a young audience.”

    The winner will be announced in November 2015.

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