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The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize awards

Dr Martin How

Dr Martin How University of Bristol

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize

Press release issued: 8 May 2018

The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s.

How does it work?

An expert adult judging panel meet in April each year to choose a shortlist of their favourite science books written in the previous year. 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 aged up to 14 across the UK. 

These groups can be formed anywhere, from schools and libraries to youth groups, scout/brownies or science centres. Participation is open to any group under 14 who are able to read and discuss the shortlist and vote for what they think is the best book.

Each group taking part mirrors the adult short-listing panel, forming their own judging panel. They elect their own Chair, hold judging meetings, discuss the merits of each book and submitting their vote and comments to us to collate and determine the winner. All participating groups have an equal say in deciding the winner. Each group receives a judging pack with all the information they need to take part. The results from all the groups are then collated by us to determine the winner.

Dr Martin How joined a panel of adult judges to shortlist six fantastic books from entries submitted by publishers, before 3,000 young people from over 300 schools and youth groups all across the UK cast votes for their favourite science book.

The final winner will be announced in Belfast in November.

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