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The Young People's Book Prize

The 2021 winner

I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe by Miriam Quick and Stefanie Posavec, has been selected by children as the 2021 winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Books Prize. 

Explore the full shortlist, from inspiring inventors in past and present history and the incredible world of plants, to the wonders of the night sky, below.


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The 2021 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 volcano scientist Katharine Cashman FRS, and featuring BBC broadcaster Gabby Logan, award-winning author Sharna Jackson, teacher Robin James and chemist Andy Jupp.

Then it was over to the scrutinising eyes of over 11,500 young judges, drawn from 537 schools, science centres, and community groups from across the UK, to read and declare their champion. The winner was announced at an award ceremony in March 2022. 

Find out more about how your school can become a judging panel.

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