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The Young People's Book Prize

The 2020 winner

Cats React to Science Facts, by children’s author Izzi Howell, has been selected by children as the 2020 winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Books Prize. 

Explore the full shortlist, from the tiny microbes in your gut, through the poetic language of code to the wonders of space and beyond, below.

The 2020 shortlist

The Young People's Book Prize aims to promote literacy in young people and to inspire them to read about science. It also supports the writing of excellent, accessible STEM books for under-14s. The Prize is unique in that the winner is selected by judging panels made up of young people at schools across the country from a shortlist curated by an adult judging panel. 

The shortlist was selected by an adult judging panel, chaired by Professor Mike Kendall FRS, including Cressida Cowell, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate and author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon books, and former Blue Peter presenter and author Konnie Huq.

Then it was over to the scrutinising eyes of over 13,000 young judges, drawn from over 500 schools, science centres, and community groups from across the UK, to read and declare their champion. The winner was announced at a virtual award ceremony in March 2021. 

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