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.

Winner 2014

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!'

2015 Entry

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

Previous winners

The previous winners are listed below. A list of previous shortlisted entries and a list of previous judges are also available.

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Royal Society Young People's Book Prize

Announced May 2015

Announced November 2015



The winning book is chosen by groups of young people from across the UK

Registration to become a panel for the 2015 Prize is now open. See the Judging Panel page for more information.

The Prize is for books written for young people aged up to 14 that have science as a substantial aspect of their content, narrative or theme. Publishers are invited to submit entries in January. Each shortlisted book receives a monetary prize.