About the judging panels

Judging Panel application for 2015 is now open.

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Judge the UK’s biggest children‘s science book prize

We are inviting groups to join our collection of Judging Panels across the UK who will pick the winner of the Young People's Book Prize 2015.

75 Judging Panels will receive a free set of shortlisted books, so this is a great opportunity to receive six brilliant books aimed at enthusing and exciting children about science.

In 2014 over 1,500 under-14s took part. Over 60% said the process changed their attitude towards both reading and science in a positive way and 100% said the experience was ‘enjoyable’ or ‘very enjoyable’!

Get involved

To become a judging panel for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize all you need to do is complete the online form.

Registrations will close on Monday 27 April 2015 and groups will be notified by Monday 18 May 2015.

Even if you are not chosen to receive a set of books for free you can still take part if you are able to purchase the books. An exclusive discount will be available to Judging Panels for this purpose and groups will receive a set of resources.

More information

An expert adult panel will meet in April 2015 to choose a shortlist of their favourite science books written in 2014. Once the six best books have been selected we will be handing over the task of picking a winner to those who should know best – young people aged up to 14 across the UK.

Judging panels can be in schools, libraries, science centres or youth groups: participation is open to any groups who are able to read and discuss the shortlist and vote for what they think is the best book.

Each judging panel mirrors the short-listing panel, electing their own Chair, holding judging meetings, discussing the merits of each book and submitting their vote and comments.  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 the Royal Society to determine the winner.

We ask that each judging panel is overseen by a responsible adult, who will ensure the judges provide their decision, and supporting comments and information to us.

Thank you to all of those who took part in 2014.  

For more information, or if you have any questions please email sciencebooks@royalsociety.org

Judging panels are made up of groups of young people from across the UK. The map below shows the locations of our judging panels from 2014.


Applying to become a 2015 judging panel

The application process for Judging Panels is now open.

Please complete the online form to register.

For more information please contact

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize

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