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Read about the 2013 shortlisted books.
This book prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people.
The prize is open to books in which science is a substantial aspect of the book’s content, narrative or theme and which are written for young people aged up to 14. Books submitted for the prize must have been first published in English in the calendar year of 2012. The authors of the shortlisted books each receive £1,000 and the winner receives £10,000.
An adult judging panel selects a shortlist of 6 books. The winner is selected by judging panels of young people from across the UK. The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize is offered thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. We also award the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books for popular science books for adults.
The Royal Society has awarded a junior book prize since 1988 with the aim of encouraging the writing, publishing and reading of good and accessible books that communicate science to young people. In 1988 and 1989 the prize was known as 'the 'Science Books Prize Junior Prize', from 1990-2000 it was known as the 'Rhône-Poulenc Prize for Science Books Junior Prize', from 2001-2006 it was known as the ‘Aventis Prize for Science Books Junior Prize’ and in 2007 and 2008 as the ‘Royal Society Prize for Science Books Junior Prize’.
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Royal Society Winton Prize for Science BooksCelebrates the best in popular science writing.
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The previous book prize winners are given below. A full list of all shortlisted entries and a list of all previous judges are also available.
Robert Winston & Ian Graham: 'Science Experiments' (2012)
Christiane Dorion & Beverley Young: 'How the world works' (2011)
Rebecca Gilpin & Leonie Pratt: 'The big book of science things to make and do' (2008)
'Can You Feel the Force?' (2007)
Kate Petty, Jennie Maizels and Corina Fletcher
'Global Garden' (2006)
'What Makes Me Me?' (2005)
Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles
'Really Rotten Experiments' (2004)
'The DK Guide to the Oceans' (2003)
'DK Guide to The Human Body' (2002)
'DK Guide to Weather' (2001)
'DK Guide to Space' (2000)
'The Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope' (1999)
'The Kingfisher Book of Oceans' (1998)
'Horrible Science: Blood, Bones and Body Bits and Ugly Bugs' (1997)
'The World of Weather' (1996)
'The Most Amazing Pop-Up Science Book' (1995)
'The Ultimate Dinosaur Book' (1994)
'Eyewitness Science: Evolution' (1994)
Rebecca Heddle and Paul Shipton
'Science with Weather' (1994)
'Mighty Microbes' (1993)
'How Nature Works' (1992)
'The Amazing Voyage of the Cucumber Sandwich' (1992)
Fran Balkwill and Mic Rolph
'Cells are Us and Cell Wars' (1991)
'The Giant Book of Space' (1990)
'Starting Point Science: What Makes a Flower Grow?' (1990)
'The Way Things Work' (1989)
'Science Alive - Living Things' (1988)