About the Judging Panels

Judging Panel application for 2015 is now closed - application will re-open in January 2016.

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Every year we invite groups to join our collection of Judging Panels across the UK who pick the winner of the Young People's Book Prize.

75 Judging Panels 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 please check back in January 2016, when the next call for Judging Panels will open, or complete this form to be notified.

More information

An expert adult 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 – 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 us 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 Judging Panel

The application process for Judging Panels is now closed.

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Royal Society Young People's Book Prize

Announced 14 May 2015

Announced November 2015