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Young People's Book Prize

The shortlist for the Young People's Book Prize 2016 has been announced. Find out more about these exciting and inspiring books:

Astronaut's Handbook

How do flowers grow?

How Machines Work

How to Change the World

Project Body

Rebel Science


About the 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.

See all past winning and shortlisted titles and all past judges.

Information for schools and youth groups 

Every year we invite school and youth groups to join our collection of judging panels from 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.

Find out more about judging panels

Information for publishers

Entries for the 2016 prize are now closed and will re-open in January 2017. If you would like to be reminded of the call for entries, please complete this short form.

Find out more about how to enter the Young People's Book Prize and read the terms and conditions.

Recent winners

Robert Winston: Utterly Amazing Science (2015)

Clive Gifford: 'Eye Benders: the science of seeing and believing' (2014)

Rob Lloyd Jones: 'Look Inside Space' (2013)

Robert Winston and Ian Graham: 'Science Experiments' (2012)