The Royal Society celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people through their Young People’s Book Prize. Each year an expert panel of adult judges choose a shortlist of their favourite science books from entries submitted by publishers.
Here is the 2017 shortlist:
- A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davis, illustrated by Petr Horácek (Walker books)
- 100 Things to Know About Space by Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin, illustrated by Shaw Nielsen and Federico Mariani (Usborne Publishing Ltd)
- Home Lab by Robert Winston (DK)
- This Little Pebble by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Sally Garland (Hachette Children’s Group)
- The Awesome Body Book by Adam Frost (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
- If…A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams (Hachette Children’s Books)
The adult judges will hand over the task of picking a winner to groups of young people under 14 across the UK. These groups are from schools, libraries, scouts and brownies, science centres or youth groups. They form their own judging panels, and will read and discuss the books over the summer. Once they’ve made their decisions, they will submit their verdict to the Royal Society – together they decide the winner, who will be announced in November.
Find out more about the shortlisted titles by clicking on the link.