Young People’s Book Prize
Each year the Royal Society celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people through our Young People's Book Prize.
The Prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s.
A panel of expert adult judges chooses a shortlist of six books, announced each May, before the winner is chosen by groups of young people in Judging Panels across the UK.
Eye Benders: the science of seeing and believing, by Clive Gifford won the Prize in 2014.
The shortlist panel said:
“Warning: this book will try to trick you! It is full of optical illusions you can try for yourself, and we love how interactive this is. What this book does really well is explain each trick of the eye through the science behind it. Both fascinating and fun.”
The Judging Panels said:
Matt, 12: “Science from a different perspective. Factual and interesting – a spiral of a read!”
Beth, 14: “It was way, way cool!
Ethan, 12: “The illustrations were absolutely amazing”
Joe, 12: “A great, well written and well thought-out book; the illustrations are clear, detailed and amazing. The front cover is beautiful.”
Felix, 10: "Eye popping and mind-blowingly fun!'
Entries for the 2015 Prize are now closed. Publishers are invited to submit entries by February each year. Each shortlisted book receives a monetary prize. To be notified of entry for the 2016 Prize please email us at email@example.com.
The previous winners are listed below. A list of previous shortlisted entries and a list of previous judges are also available.